Agoraphobia is something I have battled with since the age of 5. I am now 17 and still not able to find a solution to my suffering. My phobia is the fear of the world outside. This affects my daily and social life. My fear is not of germs, nor of an injury that may occur the moment I step out, but instead is paranoia of people judging my every movement and appearance as well as getting lost in new locations. I have always had insecurities like any normal human however my worries go beyond the ordinary. I have had some terrible experiences with bullying therefore it has made me a more introverted person. And I am always afraid of the same situation repeating itself. Which is why i try and avoid situations so it is unlikely to happen again resulting in me developing agoraphobia. My phobia has stopped me from traveling to new locations and experiencing that journey of the unknown. However due to my supportive friends, they push me to overcome my fears by making me face situations that are a little outside my comfort zone to make me realize there is nothing to be afraid of and that I am capable to move independently without worrying about opinions of others.
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