Re: Agoraphobia, scared and not supported
This sounds a lot like me. I quit many jobs when I was younger due to agoraphobia, and my family would be on me, and I filed for disability. I think when I finally told my mom she said well I think you just need to calm down or something like that. To which my reply was, if you're not going to be supportive of me then stay out of my life completely. I don't recommend that you say that, but I think she took me a little more seriously when I told her that.
Some people bring family members into therapy with them and have a mental health professional explain it to them.
With regard to your job situation if you can get a doctor/therapist to back you that you quit because of anxiety you may be able to get unemployment. There is also a government agency that will help you find a job if you have a disability, they are called vocational rehabilitation there should be an office in your area. I got help from both of these places including food stamps when I quit a job long ago and finally realized it was from anxiety.
With regard to your disability claim anxiety is usually denied after the maximum waiting period, so your in for a long road there and they will battle you legally. What I was told was you'll be denied after the maximum decision making period, then can appeal and wait longer for that maximum decision making period, then be denied, then can appeal that denial and wait even longer and request a trial appeal, and at that point if you have all of your documentation/proof in order, you may get approved. You need solid documentation/proof. The process can take a year or two though. When I filed I was denied when the maximum decision making time of the disability people had expired, then I appealed. During this time I finally got a job through vocational rehabilitation that I was able to keep with the help of medication. Once I was able to hold down a job for a little while my appeal was denied magically way before the maximum decision making time. Presumably so that the disablity agency could use this against me in court.
With CBT, ACT, a lot of hard work, and sometimes the assistance of medication, I'm functioning and working now. Good luck with everything!