February 5, 2015

My name is Emma and I have been diagnosed with anxiety and agoraphobia.Emma L's blog

It has affected my life in many senses; in the beginning my husband didn't understand me, and my family and friends were distant.

My greatest source of support has been to start believing in a higher power, along with learning to relax and to meditate. I have also had CBT therapy which helped myself and my husband understand my mental health problems better.

My hope for the future is that I stay how I am now, which is pretty good.

I'm taking 5 on Time to Talk Day because it helps people to know that they are not alone and it's important to speak out.

This blog is part of the Time to Talk Day 2015 #Take5ToBlog initiative. 

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Hi Emma, I feel not so alone now hearing that someone else is also going through Agoraphobia. I wish you all the best in recovery, Emma. You can do it!! xx


Hi Emma, I have similar issues to you. I suffer from social phobia and anxiety though, but find it extremely difficult to go out. So glad you're in a good place at the moment. You seem to be in recovery. I too am very spiritual and God helps me a lot. I also meditate regularly, so can relate to you. Good luck and I hope you go from strength to strength. John


hi,ive suffered from agoraphobia for 15 yrs,ive been prescribed tablets,but they just take the edge off my panic attacks,ive asked for help so many times,was referred to a shrink but couldnt leave the the house to get to the appointment so they took my name off the list,when i asked why they couldnt do a home visit i was told it would be a danger to them because i also self harm,but i would never harm anyone,and if they were qualified in this field then they would know self harmers dont harm other people,i dont know what to do,i feel suicidal,i feel there is no hope,no one to help me


Hi Mandy, I'm sad to hear you're going through this. Please don't feel like you're alone! There are people out there who can help you. As an anti-stigma campaign, we can't provide advice on support directly, but we do have some information on our website that I hope you'll find useful: http://bit.ly/SuPp0Rt – also, Samaritans are free to call any time on 116 123. If you feel like you want to hurt yourself, please go to your nearest hospital - they can look after you there. Take care of yourself, Tim at Time to Change

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