Agoraphobia & Social Anxiety Support Group

Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder, often precipitated by 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 their home, experiencing difficulty traveling from this "safe place."

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  • 123subscriber321

    Afraid of people

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    I'm afraid of people. People in general, all types of people. I'm afraid to get close to people because I fear they will abandon me. I've been abandoned so much that I've started to abandon others myself. It's unfortunate. By avoiding and isolating myself from others I've definitely avoided some bad but I have also missed out on some really good things that could have happened. I'm scared now. I...
  • Abbigail94

    Newbie

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    Hi Everyone,I've recently been diagnosed with agoraphobia, panic disorder, and social anxiety. My psychologist spends a lot of time reaffirming that what I’m feeling is normal and it’s so refreshing to hear those reaffirmations! Has anyone else struggled with validation, feeling like what you’re going though is so strange you must be the only one feeling this way? How have your explained...
  • I'm so scared to change, I want to be the real me every day, to talk without worrying what other people think of it. Or do anything without worrying what they think. But for some reason I can't go outside of what they expect of me. I have a few close friends but I'm scared im going to lose them because of this, I want to chat and talk and goof around with them, but i can't without stopping and...
  • sminn

    social anxiety

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    I've constantly had an issue with being surrounded with people. Within the past couple years, though, I've been struggling a lot more. I can't bring myself to checkout by myself, and I have mini panic attacks when I'm waiting in a line with money. I'm constantly worried about what's going to happen next. It's been a struggle):
  • Finsanity

    Help with a friend?

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    How do I know when I'm forcing a friendship? And when it's going to be determinetal to me that I'm accepting a lousy friendship?Well you see I'm a bit of a loner. And I've grown up not being around a lot of friends or if I have they have all been poisonous relationships. And after awhile I just kind of accepted anyone who was nice to meSo I made the decision to join a fraternity last semester,...
  • Fragmented

    Sleepless night...

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    Sometimes I just can't turn my mind off.  Like last night.  I haven't slept at all.  It's a just after 11am.  I want to nap but my ex-husband will be bringing my three youngest kids home in a couple of hours.  He's also going to take a look at my roof which is in desperate need of replacement.  Finances won't allow me to do that but he thinks he will be able to patch it well enough to give...
  • Fragmented

    Learned something today....

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    I've had agoraphic tendencies and anxiety since I was a very small child.  I came to understand that today while I was with my counselor.  This was my first visit and it went pretty well.  I have a sense of hope I didn't have before. As we talked and touched on my childhood I realized that as young as 4 or 5 I preferred being alone.  I didn't like to go outside.  I didn't like to play with...
  • Fragmented

    UPDATE: New and Exhausted...

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    I survived my first counseling session.  I did a journal entry about it but I'm not sure how to share that? It went well.  I did feel a good connection with the counselor.  She shares a name with my childhood best friend. Same first name and same nickname.  She also goes by the nickname because she and her mother share a first name.  I go by my middle name because I share a first name with...
  • Fragmented

    New and exhausted...

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    I have never felt more alone in my life. I'm divorced.  I do have children but the things I'm dealing with are not the kind of things I want to burden them with.  Even my young adult children.  I'm currently on leave from my job.  A leave that is not related to my anxiety and agoraphobic behavior. But being on leave and the stress that has brought on emotionally, physically and financially...
  • Lonewolf363

    now almost in a crisis

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    i got a message from a stranger telling me to call my old est friend since im 17 now 44 he had testicular cancer, and elephantitus but everyone crusified him i made him my friend he had the kindest heart, and was my brother. They gave me a non working nymber and I promised I would at least be there to say goodbye i failed
  • ohm112616

    Fearing a lot right now

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    HI everyone,I am new to this group. I have posted some things in other groups relating to Anxiety and panic. I have a history of health anxiety, have been to many specialists in the last year (Cardiologist, Neurologist, Dermatologist, Oncologist, GI Specialist, Primary Doctor, Therapist, etc). It started with heart palpitations, then moved to chest pain, then head pressure, then a mole on my...
  • Lonewolf363

    Waves hiya new gals n pals :)

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    I hope you are all trying to learn new coping skills as you move on and try to deal with your anxiety. A very long time ago I was so terrifyed of people I wouldn't talk to anyone but my father. After years of being in "program forced walls due to obsecene state living conitionions, all I wanted to to was get well as fast as I can and make all my dreams come true. Most of the time I am happy...
  • Lonewolf363

    a new hope

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    I've been downright scared of my health. I have a phsical disease four on top of the three mental diagnosies. I can deal with them all with the coping skills I learned. While my old classmates best forgotten were celebratign prom, I was graduating out of the mental instution and so proud I actually faced al o fthem every one of them down I started them all down. I am not agoraphobic because of...
  • I was diagnosed at ten due to the treatement of others not from fear of oepn spaces psyciatry si not black and white all you can do is learn how to cope with the illness you are handed, and try your best to survive. One day at a time one steop at a time, talek it out be open about hwo you feel that is how i have 25 years clean. Bless  you all, Heidi
  • ritkat

    An opportunity presented - advice requested

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    I haven't posted in ages, but I need some advice/help. An opportunity to volunteer as a coach for my son's little league has presented itself. I REALLY want to, but my anxiety is getting in the way of me even reaching out to the volunteer coordinator. I love working with kids. It's the adults and the being in a group that get me. My husband is almost always my buffer in social situations. I don't...