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norcalguy38 Things that I'm dealing with that I would really like help with...I'm really tired of living like this!!!

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Mar 10 2012
Just to let you all know a little more about me... I'm a 38 year old with a great family...three kids...great wife...I'm a successful business owner and well known in my local community but I constantly deal with agoraphobia (mild), anxiety, and panic. It has limited my life in so many ways. I have created this safe zone for myself (which is about a 20 mile radius from my house) and I find it very difficult to travel any further. I know I'm very lucky that I even travel that far because I know many of you are home bound and have problems doing everyday things. I'm just really tired of missing out on business opportunities, family vacations, and life in general because of my perceived limitations. I see a therapist and a psychiatrist regularly and I'm on medication but I still have a tough time. My wife has been so great...she has always accepted me for who I am but I'm tired of seeing the disappointment in her eyes every time we have the opportunity to travel and I say no. I have not been on a vacation of any kind with my family in over 5 years. I work all the time because my work keeps me in my comfort zone. More to come later..... 

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written by SillyOMe, March 10, 2012
Welcome to the agoraphobia group. I hope you can get some ideas on how to deal with this better. I really suggest making yourself go just a bit further... and further... out of your "safe zone". Once you get desensitized to one mile.. then two isn't that out of reach. It's a matter of your mind wrapping around the idea that it will be fine. Easier said than done right?!
written by Conn65, March 10, 2012
Welcome to the group. You are very fortunate to have an understanding supportive wife to help you deal with this. I know how hard it is to feel that you're disappointing family.. I deal with that also. I have also made a safe zone that's about a 15 mile radius around my home. I think disappointing ourselves is the hardest thing to deal with.
Sounds like you have a great understanding of what you're dealing with and if you're persistent and keep pushing yourself just a little bit further each time you go out, you can beat this in no time.. Easier said than done to push I know. But you can do this smilies/smiley.gif

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