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About alnicov

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  1. alnicov

    refusing treatment

    Hi dino, Thanks for the quick reply. If you don't mind I'd like to further explain the situation. AFter I discovered her agoraphobia through some researching on the web, I called my brother in law to talk about it. He seemed somewhat defensive and explained how he tried to get her to get help but she didn't want any. He also told me that if anyone tried to intervene, he would block the attempt. Two months later when I called about holiday dinner, he said that he told her about the talk we had and now she does not want to speak to me. She's at the point where any mention of her illness might trigger a panic attack and he wants to avoid that at all costs. So my concern is what her condition will be in, let's say, ten years. My uncle told me he read that a possible end result could be suicide. Both my sister and her husband are VERY religious and do not socialize with other people much, if at all. Sorry to hear that the usual treatment has not worked for you. I have a friend whose wife has agoraphobia and she has responded well to medication and counseling.
  2. alnicov

    refusing treatment

    I'm glad I found this forum. I have a younger sister age 56 who has had agoraphobia for about 25 years and she and her husband never told us about it. I accidentally found out when my brother in law told me that she doesn't like to leave the house and is afraid that she'll have a panic attack when they go out shopping. I'm very concerned about long term effects. Can anyone tell me what will happen if she does not get treatment? Thanks in advance.