I'm just sitting here trying to figure out where to start. My struggle with anxiety goes back so far.
I am 27 year old mom of a 2 year old boy. I've had social anxiety since I was very young, like 6 years old. When I was 20 I started having panic attacks but I was still able to function most days with the help of my therapist and 100mg of pristiq. I was even functioning enough to complete my bachelors degree. However, when I got pregnant, after college, I had to stop taking the pristiq. Then after having a near nervous breakdown in the hospital after giving birth to my son, my OB put me on zoloft 50mg. I really don't think it was helping at all. I basically didnt leave my house by myself for the first three months post partum. Now two years later, my anxiety has hardly subsided. I think I have agoraphobia because I have a hard time leaving the house, espcially if my son is with me. I guess I am afriad that if I have a panic attack I wont be able to take care of him. Or like if I am starting to have a panic attakc it is not as easy to just get up and leave whereever it is that I am if I have my son with me. I guess that main problem with this is that I am scared to go to the store so my husband has to do all the grocery shopping for me which he gets mad at me about and then I just feel worse, like a failure. Anyways, I have gone to the store with my son a few times to get just one or two things but I havent done like a full shopping trip with my son on my own. Other times, if my husband goes with me to the store sometimes I have to leave and go outside because I start to panic.
I also have been too nervous to go back and see my therapist or go to my general praticioner to get my medication changed.
I feel so guilty because I rarely get my son out to the park or anything to socialize with other kids. I dont really have any close friends due to my social anxiety. I also feel frustrated because I have coped with my anxiety and I know the steps I need to take but I can't seem to put them into practice. I think I have been telling myself that I will snap out of it but then I never do.
I guess I came to this site looking for other people who could relate to my anxiety because I feel so isolated and alone. I feel like normal functioning people dont understand what panic disorder is like and they judge me especially becuase I am a mom.