Originally Posted by HopeHacker
I have panic attacks. I have agoraphobia, which is fear of the fear. It starts out with Panic attacks of things, and then it gets to the point that you have panic attacks just fearing having a panic attack. Although most agoraphobics are housebound, because they have attacks just going out the door, I'm not housebound, but I do have problems in stores and in open spaces.
Actually, Hope, Agoraphobia is technically 'fear of open spaces', not 'fear of fear'.
You can be afraid of open spaces due to having attacks in the open which is common, which then leads to being housebound as this is where you tend to feel safe...
I have panic disorder with agoraphobia (which wanes off and on).
Antares had a good point about having a medical workup before diagnosing yourself with anxiety or panic. Hyperthyroid is a common physical culprit when it comes to similiar symptoms.
And having panic attacks is not the same as having Panic Disorder.
EVERYONE has panic attacks. ITs just that 2% of the population have a quantity of panic attacks that debiliates you in terms of going out, socializing, etc. etc..If I recall in the DSM V, its more than 4-5 panic attacks in one week accompanied by anticipatory anxiety (which , over time, is often the biggest problem for someone with panic..anticipating the attacks).
People with anxiety disorders also suffer from secondary depression much of the time due to how their anxiety restricts their quality of life.
I have had CBT therapy, group therapy, and med. therapy in combinations.
I am currently off meds and attend therapy once a week in conjunction with practicing my CBT methods and others to allow me to get through....