BOOKS by Ellen
"Coexisting With Agoraphobia, Anxiety and Panic Attacks"
"If all of life
A Little Humor
As I have said many times before, all things, agoraphobia included, have their lighter side. When I think back, I can recall several times when my "condition" gave me (or others) a good chuckle.
Poor, Poor "Crackers"...
Usually, when I'm very anxious I "zone out" and have trouble paying attention to anything "in the moment". This was exemplified a few times with my poor parrot, "Crackers."
One time, while I was going to put him back in his cage from his perch, I opened the microwave door thinking it was his cage and tried to stuff him in there! Thank goodness I caught myself before I pushed the "start" button!! LOL.
I had one other similar occasion with Crackers, but this time instead of trying to stuff him in the microwave, I tried to stuff him in the garbage can! He had a 55 word vocabulary and yelled at me clearly before I could put the lid down on him!
Sometimes practice doesn't make perfect
Another funny incident happened when I was practicing going to the mall, a real biggie for me. I was with my friend, "J".
"J" knew me pretty well. As we approached the middle of the mall and I began to feel more-and-more trapped, she picked up on my anxiety. I think my face looked something like a scarlet blowfish!
Anyway, she was very good at trying to distract me in such situations and on this particular occasion she grabbed me by the scruff of the neck and started heading my disoriented self toward the door. BUT along the way, she paused briefly at every other store, still holding me by the collar, and made me look into the window. She declared that if I didn't knock it off she was gonna drag me into the store and make me fill out a job application! LOL. Well, by the fourth or fifth store I was laughing so hard I could barely remember that I was anxious.
It was a memory that has stayed with me (and probably everyone else in the mall) for many, many years!!
If you have any humorous stories that are related to your "challenge" in life please feel free to share them with me and perhaps I can post it here. We all need to laugh at ourselves sometimes!
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