Success story and what I did regarding: Agoraphobia.
I realized I was developing Agoraphobia because I noticed I was missing one too many college classes and didn’t want to go outside unless I was forced to.
I was so fed up that I yanked open my back door, walked outside on the patio and said, “What are you going to do now, brain? Are you going to kill me where I stand?”
Nothing happened expect a spike of anxiety. I didn’t die, I didn’t pass out, I didn’t self combust.
For the next few months, if my anxiety/OCD said I shouldn’t go outside, I went outside. I did the OPPOSITE of what it was telling me to do every time I had an anxiety spike and intrusive thought. Even if it was in the middle of the night, I went outside and stood on my patio until the anxiety subsided.
I am not my thoughts, images, or feelings. I decide what I do/don’t do. My mind doesn’t have control of my life.
It knows better now because, honestly, I trolled it hard with ERP. But not in a negative way; I simply went outside when it was telling me not to.