About Me

My name is annie. It’s recently been brought to my attention that I am on a rapid decline into the world of agoraphobia. I started this blog at the beginning of my realization and am hoping it will serve as documentation of my recovery process.  It’s also going to document my resistance to the recovery process.  Because while I’m afraid to be the way I am for the rest of my life, I’m also afraid of changing.

I am a 27 year old mother of 1 son.  I am engaged to his father, but fear marriage.

What is agoraphobia?  From wikipedia.com:

Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder 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.'”

Something else you want to know here? Ask me. Please also check out my First Blog Entry for even more info.

9 Responses

  1. Hi Annie,

    I am so glad to find your story. I have agoraphobia and panic disorder, too. I look forward to us sharing our experiences. It’s hard, huh?

  2. Added you to my blogroll as I too deal with anxiety.
    Pity more people don’t quite understand but thank heaven for the pharmaceutical industry.

  3. Have a nice day !

  4. Just wanted to wish you well with your recovery.
    My mum suffers from agoraphobia. When we were kids she wasn’t too bad – managed to go to work and to go to the shops – in fact none of us realised her situation. But as we grew up and she retired it got very much worse and she was virtually housebound. After a few years of this she did get some help and made some improvement but it was very tough. I really wish she had had been able to talk about it and get support earlier.

    best of luck to you !

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  8. Hi Annie, i am also an agoraphobiac. May god bless you recover from this as soon as possible.

  9. I have claustophobia in cars and situational panic attacks stike me with no warning.. its really scary. Thank you so much for sharing. it helps 🙂

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