Q&A: Agoraphobia

Q: Shalom, as the years have passed, I’ve become more and more apprehensive about leaving my home. As of now, I suppose that I have agoraphobia. How can I overcome this condition?

A: The study of Torah, especially Chassidut, brings peace and serenity to the soul. Listening to authentic Chassidic melodies is a particularly effective way to soothe anxiety.

Just like Nachson at the parting of the Red Sea, you have to take the plunge, and trust in God that He will be there for you. Commit yourself to taking a short walk outside, and stick to your decision no matter what. All the while, talk to God. Tell him that you are putting yourself in His loving hands, and that you trust Him to do with you whatever is best. Each day, venture a bit farther from your home until you feel comfortable going long distances. God loves you, and He is with you everywhere that you go, whether in your home or very far away. Trust Him.

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