It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Phobias Message Board


Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-23-2003, 06:16 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 17
VeryConcernedMom HB User
Question Clausterphobia

I have never had too much trouble with phobias until fairly recently. When I was younger, I used to go spelunking (caving) all the time with only a twinge of fear, and that's only if I thought about it too much. And its less a fear of small spaces by themselves than it is a fear of spaces made smaller by other people, especially if those people are blocking the exits.
I have always had a problem with crowds, but I could tolerate them for a while before panicking. Lately, however, I have noticed that my tolerance levels have decreased and I can't stand being in closed in areas with lots of people for more than an hour or so. It is almost impossible for me to shop in grocery stores with narrow aisles or to sit in church during the entire sermon.
In the past I have found that facing my fears was the best way to deal with them, but in this case, it doesn't seem to have any effect.
Anyone out there with a similar problem?

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 08-24-2003, 12:08 PM   #2
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Florida
Posts: 81
cshore HB User

I am clautrophobic also ... hate closed in spaces... crowds, elevators and I don't like concerts, football games or anything like that where there will be big crowds.. I also like to know where all the exits are....but I Just went to the American Idol Concert, my first huge concert in over 20 yrs and there were 10,000 people... and because I took a Xanax I did fine. I only take them as needed and those are the kind of circumstances that I take one in. Oh and also if I fly...

Old 08-24-2003, 03:24 PM   #3
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: San Pedro, CA.
Posts: 459
upshutter17 HB User

Hey there. I am also Claustrophobic. I went to the Vans Warped Tour like in June, and I think I almost went crazy. I never ever want to go to a rock concert ever! I actually had a couple panic attacks, so I didn't really help myself too much there. I find facing this to have an opposite affect on me. It makes me fear it more. It's not to the point where I CAN'T get out. I can't do concerts, any type of games, stuff like that. So I'm sure you're not alone. Hang in there. Take care!

~I am but one small instrument~
~Smile, you live longer~
Paradigm shift to proactivity saves lives.
A smile will save this world, some of us just don't know that yet.

Old 08-26-2003, 06:43 PM   #4
Junior Member
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Pacific, Missouri, United States
Posts: 17
BlueMonday HB User

What you described sounds more like agoraphobia- fear of crowds and groups of people. Perhaps something happened, even something as minute as a nightmare, that could have triggered this fear. Were you traumatized by a certain person? If so, you probably would've related that back to your problem, but it's just an idea. If it's turning into a big deal, then you might want to see a therapist to put you on medicine for anxiety.

Old 09-07-2003, 11:08 PM   #5
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 6
dva HB User

agoraphobia is the fear of leaving the house

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
having to resort to unprotected sex? tessta91 Sexual Health - Teens 19 11-14-2007 07:40 AM
I finally decided to file a complaint against my surgeon tlc6 Back Problems 3 10-13-2006 09:21 AM
Why SSRI's for anxiety? Steve1 Anxiety 33 10-06-2006 04:36 PM
Today's the Day! Kymtnms Multiple Sclerosis 35 08-26-2006 10:39 AM
Hi! New here Kittty Kat Spinal Cord Disorders 2 04-14-2006 01:03 PM
Focal Nodular Hyperplasia FANNYLOU Liver & Pancreas Disorders 293 02-21-2006 09:21 AM
medicine for fear? Mike2004 General Health 9 09-02-2005 09:09 PM
$15.00 Doctor visit goes well. Bothrops Inner Ear Disorders 1 02-03-2004 06:19 PM
Roaring, raging tinnitus jtiegs Inner Ear Disorders 8 10-31-2003 07:33 PM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:51 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
© 1998-2018 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!