Women's Health

I Was 25 and Afraid to Leave the House

Agoraphobia is a powerful thing. It can make ordinary experiences like a trip to the supermarket feel petrifying, shrink the largest of worlds down to a room, and rob joy from the most buoyant of personalities.

Six years ago, I was chatty and fun-loving. I worked as a school receptionist and spent my evenings at restaurants with my

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