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So I've had this problem for just over a year

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Posted on Tue, 19 Mar 2019
Question: So I've had this problem for just over a year where I've been unable to travel anywhere really because whenever I had to or wanted to go somewhere, anywhere, whether it be a friend's place, shopping centre you name it, I always start feeling nauseous. It begins about an hour before I leave my house and stays with me throughout the car journey and will eventually disappear 10-15 minutes after I've arrived at my destination or depending on the day, I can stay nauseous until it's time for me to go back home.

The strange thing is I usually feel 100% fine once I start heading back home. So many people have told me that I may have some kind of social anxiety, which is strange, because I've never felt like this before. It happened in the snap of a finger one night.

I've seen a doctor countless times to test for any abnormalities in my blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.
I've even taken medication for a bacteria called Helicobacter pylori and that didn't seem to help.
I was even on anti-depressants for a very short period of time, not long enough for them to work I think but I don't know what to do.

The more I think of it, the more it sounds like social anxiety.
Being comfortable at home.
Being more comfortable at a friend's house compared to a public area.
Feeling fine when going back home.
It's just that this happened so fast and it's the first time it has happened to me in my life and it's had an everlasting effect on me, which I have no control over and I'm not even quite sure what the problem is so all I'm asking for is maybe a bit of help or guidance.
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Answered by Dr. Parth Goswami (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
It can be social anxiety or agoraphobia.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Welcome to the 'Ask A Doctor service'.
I have reviewed your query and here is my advise.

You are uncomfortable at public place and having nausea feeling only at public place or shopping center. So it seems most likely social anxiety problem and particularly agoraphobia in which there is anxiety in public place.

You need to consult good psychiatrist for deatiled evaluation.

The only anti depressant drug will not work. Along with anti anxiety and anti depression medication, behavioural therapy is essential.

With continous counseling and medication for few months you will be able to treat your social anxiety or phobia.

Hope I have answered your question.

Best regards.
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So I've had this problem for just over a year

Brief Answer: It can be social anxiety or agoraphobia. Detailed Answer: Hi, Welcome to the 'Ask A Doctor service'. I have reviewed your query and here is my advise. You are uncomfortable at public place and having nausea feeling only at public place or shopping center. So it seems most likely social anxiety problem and particularly agoraphobia in which there is anxiety in public place. You need to consult good psychiatrist for deatiled evaluation. The only anti depressant drug will not work. Along with anti anxiety and anti depression medication, behavioural therapy is essential. With continous counseling and medication for few months you will be able to treat your social anxiety or phobia. Hope I have answered your question. Best regards.