I think there’s a lot of misconception about what agoraphobic means exactly. There’s a stigma that someone who experiences it is house-ridden and that’s just not true. I’ll be the first to admit that if I’m experiencing a horrid bout of depression I may not leave for weeks at a time but that’s caused my anxious and spiraling thoughts.

When I do leave, if I’m by myself I avoid crowds and closed in spaces. I do okay in town but rarely drive and go to the city alone. I don’t handle that well at all. I lived in Phoenix until two years ago and if anything moving out to the middle of nowhere has been considerably more healthy for me and I leave the house more than I did before.

Out of curiosity, if you don’t mind me asking, which tips do you find work the best for you?

Newspaper reporter in Eastern Iowa. The views expressed are mine alone.

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