By Barbara Boatwright, Ph.D.
Many years ago, Mary (not her real name) was referred to me for therapy by her family physician, who was concerned that she might suffer from agoraphobia (marked fear and avoidance of a situation that causes anxiety should an incapacitating event occur and no help or escape is available). She was so fearful to leave her house that she had become increasingly isolated and almost home-bound. A middle-aged and otherwise healthy woman, Mary suffered from such debilitating migraine headaches that she feared if she was away from her house when a migraine hit, she would not be able to function well enough to get herself home. In taking her history, she mentioned that she was estranged from some of her family members over a dispute that had been going on for years. As Mary was a professing Christian, we spent some of the session discussing the concept of forgiveness, and how God’s command for us to forgive those who wrong us is actually for our benefit.Read More