Please take a few minutes to watch this fabulous video from Lauren Hayley. She was one of the first bloggers I met here on WP. I immediately connected with her, as we both have struggled with anxiety, panic attacks, and agoraphobia. She’s taken time off blogging, but recently posted this inspiring video. She’s proof that small steps do matter!


Agoraphobia is undoubtedly one of the most misunderstood anxiety disorders; with many people assuming it simply means ‘being afraid to leave the house’. However, agoraphobia can be better defined as an intense fear of being in a situation where an escape is not easy. For me, this has included using cash machines because of the length of time you’re stuck waiting for your money and can’t leave; it has included being in elevators, cars, trains, cinemas, using pedestrian crossings; not being able to stand still because of the need to keep running; being unable to cross the road because there’s too much traffic, and a million other small and complex things that would take me way too long to list; but equally impacted my life beyond belief. The result of all of these things was what left me housebound. It wasn’t that the outside world was a scary place to…

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