thundastruck (thundastruck) wrote in dp_dr,
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Agoraphobia?

Hi everyone. This is my first post here. I don't actually suffer from DP/DR myself but I've been in a relationship for nearly a year now with a guy who does. He's 19 and has it had it since he was about 15. No one's sure what caused it exactly; he had a bit of a crappy childhoood (his parents were sometimes what I considered at least to be basically abusive) and there's a history of mental problems in his family. The DP/DR started randomly a couple of months after he'd been robbed by two jerks on a street on his way home from school; not sure if that's what triggered it or not.

A while ago he went through this stage where he hated being outside at all. He'd told me on previous occasions being outside would sometimes make him feel weird (he'd often get this sense of vertigo on a bright day where he felt like he was 'falling down' the street in front of him, for example) but nothing this bad. Some days we couldn't even go for a drive around the block without him begging me to turn home.

He's had a change of meds and such since then, and right now he's okay with going outside (as such, part of his treatment is that he has to go outside at least once a day, even just for a little walk, so that it hopefully doesn't happen again).

I'm glad he's feeling better, but I can't help but worry it'll get really bad again. It always made me sad to see him unable to go outside during this time, and on a personal level it was really frustrating to meet up with him at his house knowing there was a good chance I'd be going to whatever *insert function* alone depending on how bad he felt.

But anyway, my question is: has anyone else here known/has had really bad agoraphobia as a result of this illness? I can't help but wonder how common it is.
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