first don't get overwhelmed, I always try to remember that I'm not alone in this. there are lots of people who are fighting with anxiety and agoraphobia. go see a psychiatrist they can help but it wont be instant and it can take a month or more for meds. and relaxation to start working. Remember there are people who love you and its ok, even good to ask for help.
Hardest part is going to a doctor as such, when you can't go out, and once there, telling him your story. May seem odd to imagine that a lot of people keep it quiet for so long, so as not to let others know they have problems. I did for over a year. Even from those who I live in the same house as. Had to finally tell the folks. I just couldn't hack the hiding any more. I simply couldn't go out. But still I kept parts of it secret till last year. Over 20 years of not saying how serious it had always really been. I knew it would worry my mother to bits. That was my thinking. But those first steps in getting help were great. It gave me someone to talk to. Things I wouldn't talk about with others. Then the medication helped me too. I needed something badly. To steady the ship. Normally you visit your own doctor. He refers you to a clinic / shrink. ( Well in Ireland anyway ) Then it moves on from there. Just a case of making that first contact.
jamom is exactly right. i have agoraphobia and have been isolated to my home for a year. I made a choice and had a friend drive me to a community mental health facility and my psychiatrist is helping me a great deal.
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