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08-06-2007, 04:19 AM
During panic, it’s very common to feel an overwhelming urge to run home. Resisting this urge is one of the keys to overcoming agoraphobia. A lot of things about how you heal from this condition are very "counter-intuitive" – the opposite of what you might think! One of these "counter-intuitive" keys is resisting the urge to run home.

In the short run, running home relieves the anxiety. But in the long run, it actually reinforces the agoraphobia. When you give in to the impulse to run home, it reinforces two completely false and counterproductive ideas: 1) that you have to run home to relieve panic and 2) that you have to be at home in order to feel safe.

Panic attacks – as unpleasant as they are – are not harmful. If you don't run home when you have a panic attack, nothing bad will happen. In fact, in the long run, it will help you to overcome agoraphobia.

Here’s an example of how to resist the urge to run home: Let’s suppose you are driving and you experience panic and the urge to run home. Instead of immediately turning the car around and heading home, just find a place to pull over. Use your cognitive techniques and just wait it out. You will see that nothing bad happens, and the panic passes very quickly. Then, congratulate yourself, because you just had a victory! Once you feel pretty calm, you can decide to either go home or – even better – continue with your outing.

Each time you resist the urge to run home, you discover that, by using your cognitive techniques, or just by waiting it out, the anxiety subsides. And each time you resist the urge to run home, you chip away a little bit of the agoraphobia.

Jane~BH
08-11-2007, 09:22 AM
I understand the above statement fully :)

Have you used this to recover yourself ?

08-11-2007, 11:40 AM
oh jane i wish. I got this from a web site and wanted to share it with the rest of the group. I am strugling and trying we will see hat is to come.

emma

Jane~BH
08-11-2007, 03:09 PM
Ok thx for the info :)

Sooti
08-12-2007, 01:54 AM
Ok thx for the info :)



I do this, it hasnt quite cured me yet but has so made a bunch of difference and got me able to go and and have at least a part time life again!!!! I just wish I had of know that right from the start!!!!

08-12-2007, 02:10 AM
oh sooati I am so glad you have tried this. I plan on trying it. I am not yet at a place where I can utilize this tool but i look forward to trying it.
Keep my updated how it works for you!

Emma

Jane~BH
08-12-2007, 03:49 AM
I do this, it hasnt quite cured me yet but has so made a bunch of difference and got me able to go and and have at least a part time life again!!!! I just wish I had of know that right from the start!!!!




<span style='color:purple'>Welldone you , keep up the good work :) </span>

RayRay
10-04-2007, 11:45 PM
Yeah, I employed this method tonight in an anxiety-producing situation. I tried to accept my anxiety and I got through it while working.

It's quite gratifying to get through an episode without running.

I'm determined to carry out these exposures until I'm fully recovered and I believe it will happen sooner rather than later.

DP
10-09-2007, 08:16 AM
if only it was as easy as reading it lol.

panic attacks are very frustrating because only you make them happen and only you can stop them from happening.

I hope i can get strengh to overcome myself :)

gladesgirlm90
01-20-2008, 01:03 AM
By experiance, I don't buy this method. I had severe argoaphobia. As hard as I tried, techniques just did not work.

I have pulled my vehicle over; had friends on call; forced myself to acheive my outing goal, but the PAs just seemed to come like child birth!

I suffered sever digestive problems that I had to see a specialist for because of my behavior of trying to force myself to j"ust get over" my fears.

When I accepted that I needed time to recover and heal and that it was ok to be home if that made me feel more relaxed and safe, I started to recover.

I had to lower my expectations of myself and accept that I needed to just feel safe for a while.

Once I realized through time, that I was safe at my home, I then gained the courage to venture out and handle more of life.
SIS