Hello, everyone. I am 61, and have suffered from agoraphobia pretty well all my life. I have clear memories of it from three onwards. I had no idea why I found going out so difficult, until I stumbled on a description of agoraphobia during a depressive breakdown. I was 26, and at that time agoraphobia was essentially considered to be untreatable.

So I had to put together my own exposure treatment programme, which I then worked at progressively for many years. There are still many things I can’t cope with, especially as chronic fatigue now limits my energy for stretching my limits. However, I still make sure I go out almost every day, to keep it at bay as much as I can.

My sympathy and understanding go out to all those reading this who also wrestle with chronic mental problems of any kind. I’ve written many prayers about depression, anxiety and agoraphobia, but as a gentle introduction, this is by far the most positive!

* O Most High, when I am afraid, I put my trust in you
(Psalm 56:2-3; NIV).
* Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).
* The Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore (Psalm 121:8).
* You will go out with joy and be led forth in peace (Isaiah 55:12).

Thank you, Father,
That every time I go out,
You are with me –
I am never alone.

I can talk to you,
Tell you my fears,
Ask you for confidence,
And beg for your help.

Rather than fearing
Your beautiful world,
Please strengthen me to face it,
And enable me to rejoice in it.

I ask this in Jesus’ holy name,

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