Our expert says:
Hmm, picked your problems at the Buffet counter ? But the sort of issues they're usually used to describe, are all in the same family, and all generally respond to the same kinds of treatments - antidepressants, and CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ). You seem to be describing agoraphobia or some similar phobia as the current main ingredient. OK, responds well to treatment as mentioned above.
And be careful not to trap yourself with negative self-descriptions. maybe ( and yes, extra holidays can make it feel worse ) you feel anxious about leaving the house and reluctant to go to work because of that anxiety. That does NOT mean that you "cannot go to work", only that it would be initially more uncomfortable, and then improve as the day wore on.
In these phobias, one can get major problems from allowing the fear of fear to dominate. Concentrate on other aspects of getting ready, rather than simply sitting there quivering with anxiety about going out. And this afternoon, why not go out for a short time, even to walk round the block, to practice and beat down the fear ? And once you'vbe mastered that, try a longer trip.
If you give into this, who will feed you ?
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