You Asked, We Answered

This is the happening place, where every day there will be new comments, questions and replies.  Whatever you need to know and whatever you need to say about the panic that attacks and the terror it brings will be here. If you have questions even I can’t answer, I’ll consult with appropriate professionals to help bring light to the darkness.  Tips on surviving and overcoming this crazy madness will appear continually as you write in about your specific brick walls. Questions about meds? I have lots of answers. Terrified at 3 a.m.? I’ll tell you how to get through it. About to lose your job because of panic? I can tell you what to do. Looking forward to hearing from you.  Send to unagoraphobic@gmail.com

8 thoughts on “You Asked, We Answered

    • Hi Dorothy. Certainly you can overcome agoraphobia without driving a car. When you do all the work in my book, Un-Agoraphobic, you will learn how to stop fearing panic attacks and never have another. This will allow you total freedom from anxiety and you can take a bus, train, plane or ride with a friend anywhere in the world. Thanks for tuning in. Hal

    • Hi Kelly – Reading and participating in my book Un-Agoraphobic will help you understand anxiety and how to change your way of reacting to situations and circumstances that create your anxious feelings. Once you understand how to change your thought patterns you can work on specific phobias like fear of close spaces or of flying. There’s an excellent web site by an airline pilot devoted to flying fears. Check it out at fearofflyinghelp.com . I know you can conquer all your fears if you work hard at it. Best wishes, and stay in touch. Hal Mathew

  1. Hello,
    I’m a new comer blogger just getting started also writing about my journey with dealing with agoraphobia, panic attacks, and depression trying to help others communicate and reach resources to start learning to live with a mental illness again. Do you have any advice or tips to give for an up and coming new blogger on mental illness?

    • And hello to you – welcome to the blogging world. I just read your posts – some I read more than once. I was quite taken with your poetic and angry voice. I feel like you are honest with yourself, but not perhaps with readers. I didn’t get a sense of what you are about – what triggers your panic attacks and what your life is like as a result of agoraphobia. I love the almost romantic notions you exhibit, but would like to be able to know the writer as a person so I could more fully appreciate your struggles. You’re welcome to write a piece as guest blogger for unagoraphobic.com I haven’t been tending to the site much recently because of other obligations. I also wrote a lot of pieces for Psychology Today’s online magazine and articles for a few other sites such as mindbodygreen and everydayhealth.

      Do a search of all sites pertaining to panic disorder and read what has been posted in them. I think you’ll find that web site managers and editors want to hear personal stories that reflect how your mental illness has affected you and what you’ve done that was successful. I don’t think a “fiction” article would work for most mental health sites, but look into some of the facebook bloggers as a possible home for that style of writing. Here’s an email for my blog – unagoraphobic@gmail.com. Write and let me know more about you so I can help you find more outlets for your work. You can totally overcome this condition, despite your semantic argument with “recover.” Best wishes sister….. Hal

    • Hello, and thanks for writing. I sympathize with your situation. After overcoming agoraphobia and moving to a new city I got work as a mental health social worker for the community Mental Health Center, and I swear I was the most normal person there. The director, a brilliant guy, suffered from depression and drank to make it worse. Several of my co-workers were taking anti depressants, but they were all very good at what they did and totally devoted to the cause of helping people survive and overcome mental illness. My experiences with anxiety and addiction were of great help to me in working with my clients. I know the professionals around me pretty much made their own weirdnesses work for them for the most part.

      Did your anxiety arise from a trauma of some sort? I had my first panic attack at age 10 and don’t know what it was that triggered the fight or flight button. That one experience set the stage for a long, long 40 years of being on edge because of the fear of panic attacks.

      My concern is that anxiety is kind of hard to conceal. I saw an alcohol counselor for awhile who was obviously nervous, and I felt more empathy with him because of that. The same thing might scare someone else away, though. Do you feel like clients can perceive your anxiety?… and do they say anything? Are you working on overcoming your problem? Therapists see therapists – nothing to be ashamed of. I think my book is a good workbook for a therapist to use with clients who have panic disorder. Best wishes….. Hal

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