My dear sweet new friend, Holly, at Diamond Potential has awarded me with this Awareness Award. At her site, she is spreading the word about the stigmas associated with illness.
"There are often things that others are uninformed of and therefore, they rely on unreliable sources and/or assumptions about things. There is STIGMA in many facets of life. AWARENESS is how we can overcome ignorance. This is your opportunity to help educate others about a cause you believe in."
I suffer from panic and anxiety attacks. I have never received an official diagnosis of agoraphobia, but I have one daughter who has. My mother has shown signs of it for years. Both my mother and I have experienced panic and anxiety attacks for years, probably before agoraphobia was an accepted diagnosis.
Agoraphobia is a condition where we become anxious in environments that are unfamiliar or where we perceive we have little control. Triggers for anxiety can be wide-open spaces, crowds, or traveling. It is also known to be a social disorder, or Social Agoraphobia.*
This disorder occurs in twice as many women as it does in men. My limitations (when I allow them to take over) restrict me to the confines of my house and yard. I find it difficult to leave my own home to get into my own car, and drive somewhere.
Now that I have been encouraged to do so, I'll continue to relay information about this disorder.
My health issues are not limited to the panic and anxiety attacks. I also suffer from depression and before my hysterectomy, I had acute PMS (or what is now called PDD). I have also, in the past two years, had 'spells' that resembled seizures but that official diagnosis has been ruled out. So I have other areas of awareness to pursue.
Please stay with me on this. We have members of our families who find it difficult to grasp the full range and repercussions of suffering from a disorder.
I encourage you to visit Holly at Diamond Potential. She has her own battles to fight and together we can make awareness possible 'one blog at a time.'
*information from Wikipedia; experienced by me.