I was agoraphobic, with panic disorder, for several years. I am now completely cured of both afflictions. I credit my success to this self-help program:
- Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic (MAP-III)
The MAP program was developed by David Barlow, who is probably the world's foremost authority on panic disorder and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Practically every research paper on panic disorder cites Barlow's work.
Notice that there are two versions of the program: one for "Anxiety and Panic" (purchase the client kit for $38 ) and the other for "Agoraphobia" (purchase the client kit for $27). Both client kits can be purchased together for $62.
I worked through the "Anxiety and Panic" version only, because panic disorder was my most serious problem. I found this version to be useful, not only for panic disorder, but also for social anxiety and agoraphobia. However, if agoraphobia without panic disorder is your primary problem, then you'd probably do better with the "Agoraphobia" version.
Notice that Barlow has also created therapists' guides. However, no therapist is required to make use of and benefit from the client kits. Each client kit provides a comprehensive self-help program.
I can't recommend Barlow's program enough. It would be no exaggeration to say that it literally saved my life.
You can learn more about David Barlow on the Boston University Web site: