It's imperative that you understand these really important facts about agoraphobia.
No matter how long you have been suffering with agoraphobia, you can overcome it! You must be willing to begin your journey with an attitude of persistence.
Agoraphobia is a stubborn condition. The habit of avoidance is easily adopted but not easily removed. You must be willing to persist and not give up, no matter how difficult it may be or how long it seems to be taking.
Practice is the biggest, most important thing you can do on your journey to recovery! You cannot recover without it.
Remember, it's easy to get discouraged! The truth is that you will have good days and bad days. You can't have one without the other. Be encouraged because by taking this journey and learning from someone who has been there, you are preparing for success!
How you talk to yourself is also vital. You have the ability to either encourage yourself or sabotage your efforts by your fleeting thoughts and self-talk. It will benefit you greatly to have a good understanding of positive thinking. Learning how to use positive thoughts to encourage yourself is really important. If you don't have a good understanding on how to use positive thinking, I encourage you to practice this before stepping out and challenging your agoraphobia. The positive thoughts section will show you how to exercise this skill. Once you have a good understanding, you can then start practicing your steps to challenge your agoraphobia. Using your positive thinking along with stepping out in action, is the cognitive-behavioral approach that works.
The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Edmund J. Bourne, Phd.