Hi, my name is Melissa and I am an agoraphobic! As a kid I was terrified of new situations. They called me "shy". I was so "shy" that I couldn't got to slumber parties or spend the night at my grandparent's house. The fear got worse after my first child was born. I refused to leave the house unless I was with someone I knew. It was a pretty bad situation. I knew it was bad but wasn't sure what to do about it.
A little background first. I dropped out of school at 16 to have my first child. I was living with my husband in an apartment right above his parents.
A pamphlet for GED classes came in the mail one day. I registered. I wanted to go so bad but I was terrified so I decided to be someone else. I pretended to be the opposite of what I really was. I pretended to be loud and obnoxious and very intelligent! I went to my class every day as someone other than myself. I got my GED. Next up was learning how to drive. I did the same thing for that. Soon I found a part time job. I was on my way! Pretty soon I became the loud, obnoxious and very intelligent person that I had pretended to be. I still have days and situations that overwhelm me, but I just talk myself up and get through them. What fears have you overcome?