Living with Agoraphobia After Quarantine
Living with agoraphobia can be difficult in the best of circumstances. COVID-19 and the resulting shutdowns could make symptoms worse for some people, especially those who rely on routines outside the home. If you live with agoraphobia, it’s important to understand how quarantine could affect your disorder and what you can do.
How Quarantine Can Affect People with Agoraphobia
If you live with agoraphobia, you may wonder why COVID-19 and the resulting quarantine have worsened symptoms. At first glance, it may seem like staying at home would be a dream-come-true. While social distancing measures may provide relief for some people with agoraphobia, it may worsen symptoms for many others.
Factors that could make symptoms worse include:
- Some symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to signs of a panic attack
- Social distancing could mean being cut off from vital support systems
- Isolation could lead to co-existing conditions, like depression
- Increased uncertainty can worsen anxiety
As social isolation and quarantine measures lift throughout the country, people with agoraphobia may notice that they are even more anxious about being in certain public spaces. This does not undo all the progress you have made, and continued treatments can help.
Manage Your Symptoms
First and foremost, it’s important to manage your symptoms as best as you can during this time. A few things you can do include:
- Take care of your physical health with healthy meals and regular exercise
- Practice healthy sleeping habits
- Avoid substances like alcohol, caffeine, and drugs
- Use coping tools that you may have learned in therapy
- Join online support groups for people with agoraphobia
- Book an online appointment with your therapist and/or psychiatrist
Watch Out for Co-Existing Conditions
Even without a pandemic, people with agoraphobia are at a higher risk for developing other mental health disorders, such as depression and other anxiety disorders. It’s important to look out for symptoms of these disorders and to get help as soon as you notice them. Online psychiatry and therapy appointments can help.
Book an Online Appointment
Although social distancing measures are lifting, you may not feel safe to leave home at this time. That shouldn’t stop you from getting the help you need. Our online psychiatry and therapy appointments offer secure connections with skilled professionals. Contact us today to set up an appointment.