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    daynas1234 posted:
    I'm a 28 year old female with agoraphobia, i'm scared to leave the house. I've been getting out more lately but i can't go out without someone. I have a drivers license but i haven't driven in almost a year due to intense fear. I'm on effexor 150 mg and loxapine 10 mg 3x a day. I take xanax sometimes but find i still have the fear. Anyone else who can relate to this or have any ideas of how to calm the fear?
    editor_morgan responded:
    Hi daynas1234,

    I'm so sorry to hear that you've been going through this. Agoraphobia is such an isolating disorder that leaves those suffering with it feeling alone and misunderstood.

    Have you been regularly attending therapy sessions? Therapy can be pivotal in your ability to cope with agoraphobia. Also, have you ever considered group therapy? Group therapy, where you are surrounded by people who are experiencing or have experienced anxiety/agoraphobia, has the ability to show you that you are NOT alone and that you are worthy, and capable of coping and overcoming your anxiety. You can read more about the benefits of group therapy here .

    Have you tried any relaxation techniques that might help you when you are attempting to leave your house? Try these relaxation and stress relieving exercises next time and see if they work at all.

    Remember, we are here for you. This WILL get better if you believe it will and put the effort in! ((hugs)).

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