What sort of coping methods or strategies helped you deal with social anxiety or agoraphobia
May 8, 2010 5:49 PM Subscribe
What sort of coping methods or strategies helped you deal with social anxiety or agoraphobia?
posted by rachaelfaith to health & fitness (9 answers total) 24 users marked this as a favorite
Hello, and welcome to my fourth question about some sort of anxiety issue! I have been dealing with panic disorder, social anxiety and agoraphobia for some time. It has affected many aspects of my life and I would like to fight it as best as possible, with as many strategies as I can arm myself with.
Things I deal with a lot of the time: not wanting to be seen in public for fear of criticism, worry of having a panic attack far from my home, upset stomach/dizziness as a manifestation of my anxiety (vicious cycle here), only wanting to be out and about with 'safe' friends or family, fear of public transportation.
The strange thing is, I don't really have a fear of meeting new people or socializing. I like people. I think I'm just scared of being in a situation that I can't immediately escape and return back to a safe location- i.e. a middle seat at a theater, on an airplane, crowded house party, out camping. I also make a huge effort to be well-groomed before I go outside anywhere- sometimes even just out of my room. Before I leave the house, I often have tried on several outfits and have put on makeup, even just to go out and get some eggs from the bodega. I realize this is silly but do it anyway.
I have combated it with the following: therapy (currently seeking a new doctor), medication (tried many drugs, uninterested in resuming), The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook (awesome), Feeling Good (awesome), exercise, healthy diet, desensitization, et cetera, et cetera.
Have you been in a similar situation and were able to resume life as a spontaneous, functional, social being? I am dying to escape this box I've been shut in (quite literally) and return to the bubbly, adventurous person I used to be. Apologies for overuse of punctuation and general tendency to ramble.