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very bad anxiety, dont want to take the bus or wait for it


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I am a teacher and work independently, lately i moved to my parents for a while and the bus service is so bad you have to wait for it like 15 mins to 40 mins sometimes and make a connection to go anywhere, so I feel very anxious about it and I just rather avoid leaving the house than take the bus, i am loosing money because i am not going to my students, some days I can make it and others like today I have no intention of leaving the house either, could this be agoraphobia of some sort? Next month i am moving downtown where the bus service is much better so I hope that would help me. Any tips. I take clonazepam but I feel is not working.

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It sounds like you have reason to be frustrated with the bus service, but poor transportation isn't really a reason to stay inside. Sounds more like a rationalization, especially since you say your clonazepam is not working.

 

Have you talked to your doctor about your increase in anxiety? Talk therapy with a good therapist can help people deal with anxiety. Do you have a therapist. If so, talk to them about what's up as well as to your doc.

 

The more you stay inside, the easier it is to stay inside.

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As above, "The more you stay inside, the easier it is to stay inside." Every time you give in to anxieties like this it reinforces them. 

 

What exactly about this makes you anxious? Is it the bus ride itself, arriving late or something else?

 

If it's the bus ride then try bringing something soft with you like a nice sweater or a little stuffed animal and hold on to it when you start to tense up. If you are worried about being late, go in a few hours early with some reading material or work. 

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Have you talked to your doctor about your increase in anxiety? Talk therapy with a good therapist can help people deal with anxiety. Do you have a therapist. If so, talk to them about what's up as well as to your doc.

 

^THIS.  Maybe your clonazepam needs to be increased?

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Thanks you all for the replies, I definetelly need to talk to my doctor about this, I think it seem like such a great effort to go take the bus and then wait for it, not sure why, I also dont like it when it is crowded, I mean the bus, sometimes I just dont want to go out. period. I have to take a look into this.

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