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?