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agoraphobia ?

Discussion in 'General Autism Discussion' started by Alan tm, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. Alan tm

    Alan tm Active Member

    Nov 15, 2017
    Just wondering has anyone been tagged with agoraphobia
    As the firsts diagnosis when sent to see a doctor?

    I went to the doctors years ago and they leapt on agoraphobia
    As an answer.

    Yes being in town, crowds and personal space is a problem but I really think they were way off.

    They also were totally confused by my very clear statement on I don’t love my family.

    I was trying to say I dont feel that connection that seems to be missing,

    agoraphobia? Easy to confuse?
  2. OkRad

    OkRad Well-Known Member

    Oct 4, 2013
    Mental Health are as varied as the practioners who make them. 10 years from now, the mental health field will be laughable.

    Telling someone they are mentally ill because they can't stand crowds? What bunk
  3. Judge

    Judge Well-Known Member

    Aug 28, 2013
    In my early 20s I once pondered whether or not I was agoraphobic. Found answers to such questions many years later, more related to being on the spectrum.
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  4. kay

    kay Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2017
    Sounds more like agoradread. A perfectly reasonable response to crowded places.
  5. Alan tm

    Alan tm Active Member

    Nov 15, 2017
    It was more the people not the space, to be honest I'm not sure why people affect me at all. It's Not logical .

    Strip lighting was most of the buildings problem but I didn't realise it back then.
    Certain shops librarys make me feel very ill still.
    Everyone should move over to LED.

    I'd explain to them I felt like I was getting big tics ,like shocks.
    Down to anxiety going through the roof at a background level till I'd just pop.
    I still get that now .
  6. Gracey

    Gracey Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

    Jun 30, 2017
    Not having suspected Autism til much later in life, (Peri menopause)
    (And never living in one place long enough to enjoy the same family doctor)

    I am pinned with some mental health labels which; if I ask my current GP to consider or look at my medical history again, I do think it would point to HFA and related co morbid conditions.

    I can identify with the term agoraphobia and it's symptoms but intermittently. Which to me would mean it isn't agoraphobia ... Even though it presents as agoraphobia albeit sporadically. ??
  7. Major Tom

    Major Tom Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

    Dec 3, 2017
    In my opinion 75% of the time psychologists are just guessing, unless its a very obvious disability, and even then they mess up. Chances are that if you are on spectrum, that's what's causing your discomfort in crowds. I can't stand crowded places but its due to my sensory issues, rather than being agoraphobic. Maybe go and get a second or third opinion.
  8. SusanLR

    SusanLR Well-Known Member

    May 22, 2017
    I know I have had agoraphobia most of my life.
    It waxes and wanes. It begins with spontaneous panic attacks that create physical sensations that feel like you are dying from either a heart attack or suffocation.
    As they continue, each time it reinforces the flight response to get out of the view of people seeing one as it is embarassing and someone may think you are dying and call 911. Also, because the mind is overtaken with the thought that I am dying when you aren't, but the experience is so intense you want to be in your safe zone, usually that is at home.
    As the attack lessens this leads to the belief that being away from your home or safe area or even a person that helps you feel safe will bring on another attack.
    So the idea is stay at home and the attacks won't happen. Wrong.
    But that is the mental thought. So agoraphobia comes from the false sense that home will keep the attacks at bay.

    This had nothing to do with social anxiety. Just didn't want the embarassment of being trapped with others when an attack hit.

    The ASD issues started by age three. The panic disorder not until 13 yo. which created a lot of problems through my adult life much more than ASD because I was HFA.
    Born ASD, panic disorder/agoraphobia co-morbidities later in life.
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