Agoraphobia Articles

Letter To A Panicker Whose World Is Quickly Shrinking

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Even the tiniest baby steps can keep that dreaded circle of safety from closing in on you.


Withdrawing From Celexa: Yeah, Um, That Didn’t Really Work

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

That’s where I gave up. If I couldn’t even check the mail without Xanax, I couldn’t survive day-to-day life with a fetus swimming around in my uterus. Would it drown in my adrenaline?


Why Order Your Fears Into A Hierarchy?

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

Elementary school math: you start with the basics, and only challenge yourself further once you’ve mastered a level. Addition, subtraction, multiplication, division. Why should approaching anxiety and phobias be any different?


How Can I Treat Anxiety-Related Nausea?

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

We collapsed the camping tent and, immediately, my symbolic safe space had been rolled up into a bag. Enter the nausea.


#WinWednesday: Surviving the Anxiety of “The Wait”

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The mall wasn’t open yet and the door was still locked. Laughing, I realized that I’d never had this problem before. I’m never early for anything.


Tales From The Anxiety Med-Go-Round: Fool Me Twice, Shame On Me

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

“If you don’t like Celexa, you don’t have to continue taking it,” my doctor said. Yeah, I thought. I’ve heard that story before.


Tales From The Anxiety Med-Go-Round: The Buspar Brain Zaps

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

“I think you’d feel much better if you tried some medication other than Xanax,” he said. His concern was genuine. “Instead of treating your panic as it happens, we should try to prevent it.”


The End Of The Trifecta: How The Worst Panic Attack Of My Life Ended

Monday, March 25th, 2013

The End Of The Trifecta: How The Worst Panic Attack Of My Life Ended(If you missed the first three parts of this story, click here, then here , and then here.)

The scene: a small road off of a two-lane state highway in the woods. The cell phone coverage: first none, then a single bar. My panic state: full blown.

I was laying down in my car, following the EMT-in-training’s instructions to avoid sitting up or moving around, and I was scared nearly to death. I shook, I gasped for air, and I palpitated.

I hated every single second that slowly and dreadfully crawled by. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t even conjure up the energy or the clarity of mind to reach for my Ten Rules for Coping With Panic worksheet that lives in my wallet. I was in the middle of nowhere, I was stuck, and I couldn’t escape without help. Not only was I about to receive medical help, but I’d had to call my husband and ask him to drive 40 miles to be with me.

Ugh. Failure.

The word kept repeating in my head: failure failure failure.


The Trifecta Of Fail: Man Calls Ambulance While I Continue to Panic

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Maybe I am having a legitimate medical problem instead of a panic attack. Maybe there’s a problem with my heart or my blood pressure. Maybe there’s a problem with my brain. Did I have a stroke? Maybe I’m having a stroke RIGHT NOW OH GOD WHAT THE HELL.


The Trifecta of Fail, Continued: Panic In The Middle Of Nowhere

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

When your limbs are shaking uncontrollably, the gas pedal is a nightmare to control. My car heaved in fits and starts, thanks to my spasmodic right foot, but I didn’t make it far before I started to feel very cold and prickly.


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