The main purpose of this platform is to let people know they're not alone. Whether you want to YAC AT US about it or use solutions and resources from here or other platforms we support you 100%. We do want to get you started though and share some of the tools we use as well as other resources available.
Agoraphobia can be a difficult anxiety disorder to understand or even manage because we often feel like we need to overexplain ourselves. It's okay if the people in your life don't understand or haven't felt a similar feeling to what you go through. What matters is that you're willing to openly communicate and feel comfortable discussing it with loved ones or counsellors and therapists who are willing to support you through it. As with any mental illness, it is important as the person going through it and the person supporting that you educate yourself. Whether it's through tools like these, support groups, therapy, reaching out to other people affected etc. Not only educating yourself about the general understanding of Agoraphobia, but also YOUR personal experience with it. Keep a log, journal, or jot notes in your phone so you can start to understand your symptoms and perhaps how they are triggered. It's important to try, as best you can, to seek help even when you may not be feeling up for it. The longer symptoms go untreated, the harder it's going to be to work your way back.
If you have mental health questions, feel free to send them to our resident registered counselor through our resource Ask Melissa!
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We've read through a few articles we think are helpful in finding ways to cope with all different types of Agoraphobia:
AnxietyBC Visit www.anxietybc.com or call 604- 525-7566 for self-help information and community resources.
BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information Visit www.heretohelp.bc.ca for info sheets and personal stories.
Your Local Crisis Line Crisis lines aren’t only for people in crisis. You can call for information on local services or if you just need someone to talk to. If you are in distress, call 310-6789 (do not add 604, 778 or 250 before the number) 24 hours a day to connect to a BC crisis line, without a wait or busy signal. The crisis lines linked in through 310-6789 have received advanced training in mental health issues and services by members of the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information.
HealthLink BC Call 811 or visit www.healthlinkbc.ca to access free, non-emergency health information for anyone in your family, including mental health information. Through 811, you can also speak to a registered nurse about symptoms you’re worried about or a pharmacist about medication questions.
Disclaimer: We are not medical professionals and are not able to provide licensed medical advice. This is a platform to relay information and share about mental illness. www.youarecollective.ca and its messaging service are not monitored 24/7 if you are in crisis please reach out to 1.833.456.4566 or 911 in an emergency.
1. Thiswayup.org.au. (2019). How To Deal with Panic Attacks and Agoraphobia | THIS WAY UP. [online] Available at: https://thiswayup.org.au/how-do-you-feel/panicked/ [Accessed 6 Aug. 2019].
2. The Recovery Village. (2019). How to Overcome Agoraphobia. [online] Available at: https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/mental-health/agoraphobia/related/how-to-overcome-agoraphobia/#gref [Accessed 6 Aug. 2019].
3. Verywell Mind. (2019). 4 Ways to Manage and Get Help for Your Agoraphobia. [online] Available at: https://www.verywellmind.com/fear-of-leaving-the-house-2583915 [Accessed 6 Aug. 2019].