Hi, so normally I post on the Health Anxiety board because most of my anxiety stems from fear of sudden death from a heart arrhythmia. But it has been suggested to me recently that some of my most troubling and scary symptoms might be due to agoraphobia and I'm trying to put my mind at ease and figure out if that's the case.
For about a year now when I go out in public, almost always a store, I get the feeling like I'm paralyzed, going to collapse/faint and have a seizure (not that I've ever had one to know what that feels like) all at the same time. I'll feel really off balance and like I'm walking through water and just plain terrified. Usually I have to stop wherever I am and concentrate on staying alive. (at least that what it feels like) Sometimes it happens the moment I walk into a store and doesn't go away until I'm back in my car and sometimes I get almost get all the way through a shopping trip before it'll hit me.
It also happens when I'm driving alone on the interstate but not nearly as often as it does when I'm in a store somewhere. If I drive with my wife in the car it doesn't happen.
Part of me really and truly believes that these are symptoms of an impending fatal arrhythmic event but my wife has pointed out that these feelings don't happen at home. I do have symptoms at home but not like the ones I experience outside of the house.
My therapist doesn't want to diagnose me with agoraphobia for some reason even though I routinely cancel appointments and skip group therapy because I'm afraid of something happening if I leave the house but I really am curious that this is part of my illness. Does this sound like agoraphobia to those of you who suffer from it?