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Hello Laura,

I too hate being in public places (agoraphobia) and it's things like that which can trigger your obsessive thoughts. It honestly sounds to me like you're suffering from a Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia. Some of the best meds to help in your situation would be like mild benzos like Valium or Xanax. They can be addictive over time so you should start out slow OR try Zoloft.

Each persons body is different so you should consult your DR about all that you've said here.

Question.. do you have frequent mood swings or seeing any psychologist or psychiatrist? This board here to me personally is considered one of the best self-help places in the world, but I am new here, don't post too often but I read and read and read.

If you have frequent mood swings that could be associated with depression or bipolar disorder, but I'm no DR, which is why you should consult a Psychiatrist and determine a diagnosis for which is actually causing your anxiety.

If your DR. does diagnose you with Bipolar (sucks) or any Anxiety disorder with Agoraphobia, there IS help, but the hardest part of getting help is being introduced to medication on frequent basis.

There is light at the end of the tunnel and I wish you luck in overcoming your racing thoughts (also associated with Bipolar Disorder).

What many people don't realize is that Zoloft is very similiar to Valium and Xanax without the benzodiazapines (benzos are addictive, so long as you are tapered off properly, you shouldn't become dependent.)

I wish you luck once again, please consult a DR so that we may someday hear a story posted by you that is helping you overcome your complex situation.

Like another poster said, anxiety and agoraphobia go hand in hand, if you tackle the anxiety which can be caused by very very miniscule things, I personally would think your agoraphobia will gradually decrease.

As a precaution, I would suggest you taking your meds precisely as advised from your DR to determine what is right for you.

Here's some of my problems and they do relate to yours in a sense;

I hate public places, racing and obsessive thoughts over trivial matters.

I sincerely hope this helps you Laura. Please contact me through the board if you have any further questions.

Good Luck,

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