This has come up in passing but Iíve seen no posts specifically addressing it.
For those who donít know, the word agoraphobia is derived from Greek words literally meaning "fear of the marketplace." The term is used to describe an irrational and often disabling fear of being out in public.
I lost my job in 2001 due to agoraphobia and have been disabled with it ever since. There was a time when I could not leave my home for anything, not even a trip to the emergency room when I fell down some stairs and broke my right foot. For 4 years I was homebound. Even going out to the mailbox in the dead of night was next to impossible. Everything was delivered, including groceries. It was pure hell.
Iím better now, able to live with someone else and even go to the grocery store in the late evening. Medication is used to treat the anxiety and panic aspects of the disorder but there are no specific meds to treat agoraphobia. The real cure has been to force myself back into the world, as difficult as that is.
Does anyone else suffer from this? If so, how are you handling the disability?