Hi Mike- I was recently diagnosed with GAD/PD and Agoraphobia.
I knew I had it but just about a month ago went for help.
Agoraphobia runs on both sides of my family!My Mother and a sister had it and my Grandmother on my fathers side was house bound and never drove a car a day in her life.
I always had a "mild" case of this but it didn't get bad until I had kids.
I became so worried the further I got my home that I couldn't protect them and felt out of control. I do leave my house but have a horrible time even going to the next town and won't drive myself.
Going to therapy is helping mostly in that he is telling me I am not alone, he see's this all the time.
I just started Lexapro about a month ago and boy does it help me. I also take Buspar and Inderal because My Heart beats too fast and can't recover from fight or flight mode.
Dr. Told me Lexapro helps control "obsessive thinking" which is what keeps us stuck and afraid. I have yet to venture out on the highway but my day to day living is much calmer. I am taking it one day at a time.