This was written by someone very close to me who lives with mental illness. I see what it’s like for them to develop anxiety and panic just because they have to go out the door or when it comes time to write an email. I see first hand how isolating mental illness can be, by family and friends and themselves…like they say, it’s lost freedom.
People need to know living with mental illness IS NOT a choice.
Hi ! I am Roz and thought I would share some of my own experiences of living with agoraphobia with you.
I am in my 40’s and have suffered from anxiety since I was age 13, when I started suffering a school phobia and the cause was emitaphobia. With struggling for a couple of years I managed to get back to schooling and although continued to suffer from anxiety and panic attacks got through school and college ok. I started work and it wasn’t until I started work that they became a problem. I got through till I was about 30 with managing to do things ok but there was a huge amount of avoidance behaviours going on and after a couple of treatments of cbt I finally admitted defeat and gave up work. Then the agoraphobia started little by little I started to avoid places where I might feel panic until my world became so small the only safe place was my house.