Any one else out there an Agoraphobic???

United States
May 6, 2009 7:40am CST
I am a full fledged Agoraphobic. I have not left my home in over 2 years except for when I was forced to go to the ER or doctor for sickness or accidents. When I am forced to go I have a medicine that pratcially knocks me out, I am only awake enough to be walked around like a dog on a leash. I was brutally attack as a child and then I was brutally attack a little over 2 years ago. I was still processing and trying to get over the one from my childhood with counseling but the one that happen over 2 years ago just sent me over the edge. My home is my safe place and I do not leave my home. So how about it, is there anyone else out there that is an Agoraphobic, or knows someone that is??
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• Malaysia
24 May 09
dear ozaegirl, could u please tell me what is agoraphobic is?
• United States
26 May 09
Agoraphobia is the fear of having a panic attack in a setting from which there is no easy means of escape. As a result, sufferers of agoraphobia may avoid public and/or unfamiliar places. In severe cases, the sufferer may become confined to his or her home, experiencing difficulty traveling from this "safe place." Agoraphobia is a condition where the sufferer becomes anxious in environments that are unfamiliar or where he or she perceives that they have little control. Triggers for this anxiety may include wide open spaces, crowds, or traveling (even short distances). This anxiety is often compounded by a fear of social embarrassment, as the agoraphobic fears the onset of a panic attack and appearing distraught in public. The causes of agoraphobia are currently unknown. It is linked however to the presence of other anxiety disorders, a stressful environment or substance abuse. More women than men are affected. Research has uncovered a linkage between agoraphobia and difficulties with spatial orientation. Normal individuals are able to maintain balance by combining information from their vestibular system, their visual system and their proprioceptive sense. A disproportionate number of agoraphobics have weak vestibular function and consequently rely more on visual or tactile signals. They may become disoriented when visual cues are sparse as in wide open spaces or overwhelming as in crowds. Likewise, they may be confused by sloping or irregular surfaces. Compared to controls, in virtual reality studies, agoraphobics on average show impaired processing of changing audiovisual data. My agoraphobia resulted from an attack (I was raped) 2 years ago. I was already suffering from panic attacks and fear from being molested when I was a child by my uncle, and then when I was raped 2 years ago that sent me over the edge. I have sever panic attacks if I try to leave home, I even have panic attacks at just the thought of having to leave my home. I had my husband install extra locks on all doors and windows, and install a security system. I have a great fear of people because I do not trust them because they have betrayed me many times. I am in counseling, online support groups, and I have been hospitalized 3 times. I am fighting this and trying to learn to trust myself over come my fears and regain my life back. Luckily my husband is a Psychologist and he totally understands my situation and is 100% supportive of me and patient with me. I hope this information helps you to understand a little bit more about being an Agroaphobic.
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@Alderica (100)
• Germany
26 May 09
Excellent explanation, I think more people should know about this disease. What horrible experiences to have to endure though.... :-(
• Malaysia
26 May 09
Thanks for the long good xplanation..=)
@jillbeth (2710)
• United States
6 May 09
I have never suffered from agoraphobia but was acquainted with a woman who did. She hired in at the place I worked at the time, and seemed to be trying to deal with her disorder but would have days where she would have panic attacks and have to call her sister to pick her up and take her home. I don't know if she was fired or just stopped coming to work but she eventually lost the job. She was a lovely woman and I envied her in a way until I learned she suffered from ths disorder. I guess we never really know what people we admire are dealing with inside themselves. I will keep you in my prayers that you may overcome this problem and lead a satisfying life in the future.
• United States
6 May 09
Thank you so much for your comment and prayers. I would like to add you as friend if that is ok with you. Once again thank you.
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@Lore2009 (7386)
• United States
16 Aug 10
Hello, I am pretty much an agoraphobic. I usually don't go out much unless it is my 'support person' driving or I've been to that place before. But even still, I get anxiety attacks. I've never been brutally attacked (from what I remember) but I was always a shy person. I was married to someone who was passive aggressive which eventually triggered me to have constant anxiety attacks and now I'm afraid to have those in public or anywhere outside of my comfort zone. I see this has been posted a year ago, how are you doing now? Best wishes and every step counts... although they seem very long.
@Citychic (4071)
• United States
13 Aug 09
Anyone out there agoraphobic? Hi there Ozarkgirl! Sorry to hear about your agoraphobia. You should just keep praying and asking God to give you strength to step out beyond your comfort zone a little bit further and further every day. At times I think that I might have a tendency to be agoraphobic. But agoraphobia means that you have a fear of going outside and going places. Mine isn't a real fear, I just hate to go some place if I don't have the clothes to dress up and look nice in. So I guess this don't really count as being agoraphobic huh? But I sure do feel like i know a few folks that are. Take care and wishing you all the best. I think you should continue on with your counseling! Remember that sometimes bad things happen to good people but it was a part of your past, not your future. There is a whole world out there waiting for you to just step into it. Happy mylot!
• China
26 May 09
I can't believe that you are in pain of the Agoraphobic.I'm so sad now. Why the Agoraphobic happen,in my opinion with my little psychology konwledge,there is many kinds of reasons,but the process of this is similar. Take to aviod(Don't leave the home) because of fear,but also strengthen the fear and lead to the vicious cycle. My classmate has elevator phobia and be afraid of the closed space,even though he learn the course about this. Be release and forget all unhappy things and loose the knot in your heart. Have a nice day.