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How can I help others to understand what agoraphobia means?

My inability to leave the house combined with depression and PTSD has made me an unreliable friend. I lost the few friends I had by dropping out with no explanation. No matter what I think I should say nothing seems adequate. I feel like I'm making excuses and 'sorry' isn't enough. I'm not sure how to help (ex) friends see my silence hasn't been from malice. I'm paralyzed by fear with the thought of explaining and being misunderstood. I'm not sure what to do. Every time I try to explain myself friends/family take the explanation as my being 'over' what ever was bothering me, thinking I can control it. I'm now in the position with the few friends of constantly apologizing for conditions they seem to take lightly, like I'm just a 'flake' and not suffering from illness. If my leg was broken or I had cancer no one would expect the constant apologies.
Category: Agoraphobia 6 years ago
Asked 6 years ago

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It really is unfortunate how hard it is for people to understand what we are going through. I used to feel the same way about people that had mental illness right up until I started having panic attacks. They are so scary and real it is insane. I try to explain my situation as best as possible, if they get it and understand and want to be supportive I keep them around if not they weren't much of a friend to start with. It is really hard for people to understand what we are going through. Best of luck to you!
Jerry Heath
Answered 6 years ago
Jerry Heath

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