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Agoraphobic: Inside Out

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Twenty-eight-year-old Kade hasn’t been able to make it past his sidewalk in eight years. In this chilling short story, you will be given a glimpse into the inner workings of an Agoraphobic’s mind as Kade goes through the process of trying to face his irrational and paralyzing fears.

Experience firsthand what goes on in an Agoraphobic's mind and begin to understand the silen
ebook, 11 pages
Published January 30th 2017 by foxfell fiction
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Helen Harper
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent short story that delves inside the mind of an agoraphobic and truly develops an understanding for what it's like to suffer from such a debilitating condition. It's easy to feel empathy for Kade, the main character, and his desperation is cleverly built up. He remains likeable all the way through, despite his overwhelming angst. I'm looking forward to reading more from Sara Secora!
Sherry Fundin
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I think most of us fear something, but you would have to walk a mile in Kade’s shoes to understand his terror of the outside world. I kept hoping he would take just one more step…

I think Sara Secora did a wonderful job describing his Agoraphic illness, and it is an illness.

So…be careful of judging someone for their idiosyncracies…it could happen to you.

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Lynda Dickson
Mar 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 13+
Shelves: new-adult
Agoraphobia is defined as "a type of anxiety disorder in which you fear and often avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed."

This is a (very) short story about an agoraphobic who hasn't taken more than 15 steps outside his house in eight years but who tries, on a daily basis, to confront his fears. The author gives us a step-by-step look at his journey, both physical and mental, allowing us a glimpse into the inner workings of the
Brooke Banks
➜Tunnel vision on Kade struggling to leave his safe zone
➜Very descriptive regarding the terror, the anxiety, the mental and physical toll
➜Short = scant on details on how Kade survives on his own, therapy, etc. obviously
➜Love the fishy friend included. Fish don't get enough respect as pets.
➜FYI: no family in sight which might be hard for some people to read.
➜Don't know if this is #ownvoices or not
➜Disappointed there isn't information at the end, like a list of resources or further reading f
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-story
As far as short stories go, this one is simple, straight to the point and engaging. The author pulls you into the mind of 28-year-old Kade, who suffers from agoraphobia, a disorder that has caused him to detach himself from his reality, ultimately making him a prisoner in his own home.

This story did a good job in depicting someone suffering from a mental illness. Those fifteen steps may seem like a little, but for someone like Kade, it's a giant leap. His anxiety comes across well. Very authenti
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*Shiver… This short story gave me chills while reading it! I really didn’t know what to expect when I received my ARC but from the first sentence, I was gripped. The skill a writer needs to be able to do that with a short story never fails to impress me. Sara Secora brilliantly paints a very real and very illuminating picture of a debilitating mental disorder in just a few strokes.

With her masterful story-telling, I was able to get an authentic glimpse of what it must be like to experience agora
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An excellent short story that lets you imagine what it's like to suffer from agoraphobia- the fear of leaving the house and being in a public space. The story was well delivered. I wish there was more.
Danielle Delk
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Before reading this short story, I knew only the definition of what Agoraphobia was. Now, after only about 14 pages I have felt the fear and emotions of one who struggles with this fear.
Sara Secora hasn't let us down yet with always making sure we connect with her characters, physically and emotionally. She has a way with making her readers feel the pain, the distress, the hope, and the joy within her writings.
Agoraphobic: Inside Out is a must read for anyone who knows someone with t
A. Musquiz
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story follows a 28-year-old man living with agoraphobia who has never stepped more than a literal fifteen steps outside of his home in years. The story starts off with the thoughts and emotions racing through Kade's mind as he begins his trek outside, determined to take sixteen steps past his front door into the outside world. While it's nothing at all to most people, Kade finds it as one of the most terrifying experiences of
Jonathan Cross
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Inside out shows a introspective narrative of the illness of agoraphobia and the struggles that might seem mundane become insurmountable to someone suffering from this condition. Take your 16th step today.
Dallas Drapeau
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Agoraphobic” is an amazingly crafted short story whose only fault is I wish there was more. Sara perfectly crafts an honest, thoughtful yet terrifying tale which makes you feel like the walls are truly closing in.
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I found this such a good read having agoraphobia myself,it felt like the words had been taken out my head and put onto paper, very powerful , would highly recommend.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, novella
Agoraphobic: Inside Out is a very short short story that gives a fairly intense look into the mind of a man who hasn't gone more than 15 steps from his front door in years. I really connected with the main character Kade--Ms. Secora did a great job of making us see and feel things as he saw and felt them. Actually, at one point I was a tad bit concerned about just how much I started to identify with him...I had to take a quick walk outside, just to prove I could!

This is a very short story, but b
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You really don't have a full understanding of a person who lives with this daily until you yourself is diagnoses and living with it. And this author touch right on it. This really hits close to home for me and I had a hard time reading a book regarding another person who lives with the same as I do. Very accurate! Great read!
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I just didn't get it!
Shelby Marie
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
For just 11 pages long, this short story about Agoraphobia, pulls you in to the life of Kade and takes you on an eye-opening journey as to what hundreds of people have to suffer with everyday of their life. This short story was close to home with me as I have personally dealt with this type of anxiety, I can’t say my agoraphobia was as strong as Kade’s is described, however it was still incredibly relatable no matter how little or big it was for me. Agoraphobia is not something that is spoken ab ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing a reach out and grab your arm in the dark way. Puts in perspective the idea of what a bad day is to one person can be so much different for another! ...And then again it is EVERYDAY!
Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Book review
Title: Agoraphobic: inside out
Author: Sara Secora
Genre: Psychological/Thriller
Rating: *****
Review: Agoraphobic is a short story written by Sara Secora who also wrote Throne of Lies which I have also reviewed. We met Kade who is 28 and living with agoraphobia, this short take is told from his perspective and how he feels living with this illness. The illness is personified as a black shadowy demon constantly clinging to him and when he goes beyond its reach I.e. outside he can feel it
Thomas Abril
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a nice short story that takes your into the life of Kade; a young man living with agoraphobia. If you're someone who has personally dealt with or has watched someone battle their own mind for control, this can definitely hit close to home. Agoraphobia is not a common thing people talk about, and those who do don't truly understand the grip your own mind can have on you. For them it's not that easy to take that first step let alone the ones that follow. While I was reading this I was able ...more
Angel Rosario
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In all honesty it was really nice how it presented the struggle of someone with agoraphobia, giving only the necessary details so the reader could imagine what was happening.
Furthermore, I really liked how the story ended, it makes you think about the people with agoraphobia and what they go through.
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A thoughtful insight into the mind of an agoraphobia sufferer. Beautifully written and dark.
Lucas Duimstra
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great short story, vividly telling the daily experience of an agoraphobic through their own eyes.

I was a beta reader
Joshua Stone
Jan 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very intriguing story. I loved every bit of it.
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Agoraphobia: Fear of places and situations that might cause panic, helplessness, or embarrassment. Chronic; can not be cured, but treatment may help.

That's a heck of a mental handicap for someone to live with. As a student of psychology with dreams of being able to help people with issues just like this one, I was quickly drawn to the synopsis of this short story. I've looked into this kind of paranoia and fear-based limitation, and it utte
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Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
In just 11 pages, Secora has written, perhaps, some of the most important pages of the year! Some of the sentences describing the thoughts that went through Kade’s head were so powerful. I’m a mental health student nurse and let me tell you, of all the lectures I’ve attended, none were as impactful as these 11 pages.

Often people living with mental illness suffer in silence, you can’t see the symptoms, you can’t see someone’s thoughts, and if they are brave enough to seek help, they have to fight
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Agoraphobic: Inside Out is a day in the life of someone suffering a fear of the outside. Counting step by step, pushing himself to go outside, if only for a moment. How difficult it would be for anyone suffering from this to have the strength to fight through it.

For me, the story was too short and I was left wanting more. The author did give us hints of how the character had gotten to that point...slowly retreating from social situations and eventually becoming a recluse, how family and friends
Jared Winkler
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Feb 02, 2017
Author of the Amethysta Trilogy and the Poet behind Dear Wallflower, Sara Secora dons’ various creative hats, all of which brim beneath her curiosity and imagination. Whether wielding a pen or microphone, Secora expresses herself day by day through the art of words. You can find her in the heart of Metro Detroit, Michigan, working as a professional voice actress, while continuing to write whimsica ...more

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