How do you deal with forced situations with Panic and Agoraphobia?
I suffer from pretty bad Agoraphobia with my Panic Attacks. I have situations come up, like I'm sure everyone does, that I have no choice or say in the matter. When these situations come up I usually get really anxious days leading up the events, and than I don't know how to handle the events.
I do take Xanax and am working with a therapist. I do not have a job right now and am not working due to my condition, and my safe people include my parents, and my brother. That's about it. I don't go anywhere alone, or even stay home alone... and even with people I have a hard time going into restaurants or stores even with my "safe people".
Well, for example, this weekend we have 2 family weddings, and we are all invited to go. One is fairly local (15 minutes or so) and one is farther away (45mins-1 hour or so). Well, I for one have a very hard time with these situations. I work through them and get ready, and then go, but I never know what to do. If I go in I usually feel awful, get dizzy, or have trouble breathing, maybe start gagging, you know tons of panic symptoms. Right now I am worried looking at the event coming up... (LATER TODAY AND TOMMOROW ACTUALLY!). If I wait in the car, I feel down and still have panic attacks and call and check in with my family on their cell phones as often as possible. If the phone doesn't go through one time I start panicing!! If I go in and try to have a good time and work through it, well, what happens if I start feeling awful, or feel I need to leave. Also, because they are social events it will be hard to keep one of my family members by my side the whole time. I really never know how to handle these situations.
Situations like this come up every so often and I just do not know what to do. Normally if it's a wedding my parents have to go to, I'll stay home and have my brother come over and stay with me... but when I run into a situation like this, it's tough to figure out what to do. I've thought of about all my options, and they all seem to lead to me being in an uncomfortable situation and panicing. I'm trying to figure out the best way to handle these things and the best situation I can handle.
Right now I am doing exposures with my therapists, basic stuff like going with a safe person to a store, going into a store with them, than advancing to having them wait outside while I go in a buy something, or taking small walks around my area, etc. Trying to go into restaurants and stay for a small amount of time and then leave, etc. I guess eventually I have to build up to bigger things, but it's tough because sometimes the bigger things come up without your choice!
I don't know, does anyone else have advice or does anyone deal with things like this, or even have you dealt with things like this in the past? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
Last edited by Rsspro18; 08-14-2004 at 10:41 AM.