Patient Comments: Agoraphobia - Experiences

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Comment from: Jane, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 30

My agoraphobia began in 1971. I went to 6 different psychiatrists, none of whom knew what was wrong with me. Finally my medical doctor prescribed anti-depressants, which I have been on for years. It took a month or two for the anxiety/panic attacks to lessen, but now I can function, thank goodness. I am dependent on my husband and do not go anywhere without him, but at least I am able to be out of the house. Without the drugs, I would still be housebound.

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Comment from: mary ross, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 21

When I was in my late 20s, I developed panic disorder. This became agoraphobia. I could not ride the bus, go to work. I did not leave my house for a year. I finally contacted my third psychiatrist who hospitalized me for 3 days, prescribing a low dose of clonazepam. I was very fragile but eventually became stable. Caution: I had a primary physician who tried to take me off this – this is a very bad thing to do. After all these years, I have gone from .05 mg to 1 mg, and sometimes split the 1 mg. As far as I am concerned, clonazepam saved my life.

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Comment from: hartley, 25-34 Male (Patient) Published: October 22

It is 10 years since I have been suffering from phobic disorder. Basically I can't leave my home at will, I had to give up church, outdoor recreational activity, etc., because of it. The period when I find someone's eye riveted on me, this fear uncannily enshrouds me and inevitably I start to behave abnormal, instead of that I recluse myself from the world.

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Comment from: insideout, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: May 15

When I was 5 my mother was diagnosed with agoraphobia. For 10 years she couldn't even leave the house. I listened to my dad yell at her in a drunken rage almost every night because she couldn't go anywhere. When she finally got treatment and started taking meds, she was able to go out. Now, after 12 years of being on meds, she is still dependent on them and I feel they are making her crazy. I've also been having symptoms of agoraphobia for about four years, but have avoided medication because I don't want to end up like her. I feel I am letting my kids down, so I saw a doctor, started meds, and will be starting therapy soon. I'm scared about failing or disappointing my husband and children.

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Comment from: Paula, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 04

I suffer from anxiety and depression. Many years ago, I was diagnosed as agoraphobic. I so hated this label that I refused to admit it is definitely real. Actually, I've had many of these symptoms (not knowing why or what they were) most of my life. My growing-up years were very turbulent and touchy. I just had a bad bout that landed me in hospital last week. I don't remember much – just bits and pieces. I needed to be alone. I now know and accept the diagnosis and hope I'll be able to function better and work with myself and caregivers to better my daily life. I have a hard time with my daughter and know this is a major contributor to how I feel. I always say I am going to just let her be, and if she needs me she knows where I am. This is difficult because I so love my children and grandchildren.

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