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stkitt
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   Posted 12/10/2008 3:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Good Afternoon, this is our Phobia thread that was requested by the members.  This is your forum so the thread is for you to use to help you with your phobias.
Phobias

A phobia is an powerful fear of a situation, like flying, or an object, such as a spider. But sometimes people who say they have a phobia are in fact just fearful of something, and they don’t actually have a strong panic or anxiety response.

Their fear doesn’t actually interfere with their lives, and with more familiarity with a situation or object, like being taught that spiders are harmless, they would begin to see there is no basis for their fear

However, people who have a phobia about spiders (arachnophobia), who have panic attacks in response to seeing a spider, such information will not cure them of their fear, and they will avoid places where they might encounter spiders.

When fears get out of hand and beyond reason, they become phobias. But any fear that stops someone from living their life to the full may be considered a phobia, and can be dealt with. Reference: Pathological Anxiety: Emotional Processing by Barbara Olasov Rothbaum

This is where you jump in and share your phobias and you anxiety.  How does your phobia keep you from living your daily life the way you want to.
Go for it my family.  Let us help each other. idea

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   Posted 12/10/2008 4:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I have phobias about being around too many people because of a hard to fix thing about embarrasement. I get overload with the stimulation/vibes off of everybody around me, and it really freaks me out a times. I've learned to deal with it, but the sensations are very unpleasant when they come around :)
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
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   Posted 12/10/2008 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Sam, I get those feelings to when my anxiety is up and I have to go to a gathering where I feel insecure and inferior.

There are days when I wake up anxious and sometimes I do chicken out with the old, I don't feel well won't be able to make it routine.  Then I cry because I am weak.

I have a feeling we can work on this phobia of being in crowds and feeling fearful.

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   Posted 12/10/2008 7:38 PM (GMT -7)   
I hesitate saying I have a phobia. In fact I tell myself I don't have a phobia. But driving is my biggest trigger of anxiety. All of my panic attacks have ocurred while driving. I get fearfull when I know I am in the rural roads and a hospital is not close. I have not stopped my driving, I face it even though it is extremely difficult and exhausting. Once I reach my destination all of the anxiety, closed tight chest, sweating fearfull thoughts leave.

I know it is just anxiety, but hey driving is what triggers my body the most.
 
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Pennylane905
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   Posted 12/10/2008 9:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't think this is considered a phobia, but I am scared of going down stairs. Particularly on the Chicago L. Growing up I was a total klutz and fell down the stairs so many times in my house that my parents had to put carpeting down. Well, flash forward to me in my 20's - I got off the train and was walking down the stairs, which are very steep, and my foot slips forward down the stairs, and I was in the middle of a crown and people kept asking me if I was ok. I literally have flashbacks whenever I am on the stairs at the train station, which is almost every day. I have to hang on to the hand rails and can only walk on the right side. I seriously break out into sweats about it.

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   Posted 12/10/2008 9:28 PM (GMT -7)   

Pennylane,

I think that is pretty borerline phobia and I would bet if they had an elevator you would use it. Breaking out into a sweat is definitely a sign you phobia is causing you anxiety.

Thanks for joining this thread.

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   Posted 12/10/2008 9:46 PM (GMT -7)   

Hey, gret thread.

Pennylane. I'm scared of going down stairs/escalators too..not a phobia..but I prefer to take the lift. I'm fine on the way up..I'm just scared I will fall. I'm a bit "accident prone" I think that's the nice way to put it!

Sam, I get freaked in crowds when I am feeling vulnerable. Today I had to do some christmas shopping and I kept getting stopped by people wanting me to donate money. I'm not a scrooge..but after the fiftieth charity I was running out of change and close to tears. I think it's quite normal to feel this way. I took some deep breaths and just kept moving.

Keep on posting guys, we can help each other with this, I know it sounds wierd, but sharing a phobia or a real fear can help us feel not so "alone", hope this makes sense.

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Georgie Girl
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   Posted 12/11/2008 6:11 AM (GMT -7)   
Pennylane wrote:  I don't think this is considered a phobia, but I am scared of going down stairs.
 
I had just been thinking about posting my one phobia - down escalators - when I saw the above post.   If I am tired or anxious and/or laden down with packages, I can't get on a down escalator.  Sometimes even if none of these conditions exist, I can't get on.  Sometimes I'm standing right there and have to turn around and get away from it.  This is interesting when people are waiting behind you to get on.   And when I do manage to get on, I always mess up somehow in stepping on or stepping off, which reinforces my feelings that I should not get on a down escalator. 
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stkitt
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   Posted 12/11/2008 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   

GG,

There is a term for your fear: Escalaphobia. Is your fear  of falling, of the mechanisms in the escalator jamming or breaking down, or your  clothing getting caught up in the machinery, or the other people behind you, the crowd.

I feel unsteady on my feet stepping on and off when you have your hands full and have difficulty holding on to the railings.

Kitt 



 

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Aries8
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   Posted 12/11/2008 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a phobia of the dentist. I had a terrible experience about 20 years ago. Probably longer. I seldom go and when I do I'm a basket case. I've even cried like a baby. It's embarrassing and I hate it! I need to go to the dentist since I haven't been in six years but the thought of it terrifies me. I know my heart will "skip" beats and then it won't stop.....AAAHHHHH! I can't think about it.

Hibee
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   Posted 12/11/2008 11:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi All

I have a strange phobia which causes me a lot of anxiety when the situation arrises and i can see the funny side of this phobia as people i have told find it a bit odd. I have a phobia of getting my hair cut and hate going to the hairdressers, I dont like one on one situations and when you are getting your hair cut you are trapped and cant leave until the job is finished. My anxiety goes through the roof and to make things worse you are looking into a huge mirror so you can see how anxious you are getting and you have to do all the small talk with the hairdresser whilst feeling so anxious, i just want to get up and walk out. I usually get my hair cut about every 5/6 weeks and when the time comes i really do dred going and get myself in a bit of a state. Yes i know a bit strange but i find it a real problem.

stkitt
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   Posted 12/11/2008 10:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Agoraphobia, the Facts
 

Agoraphobia is an anxiety state which affects a significant proportion of the population. One person in fifty will suffer from this disorder in their lifetime and sufferers are twice as likely to be female with the problem frequently developing in their early twenties onwards.  eyes There is a common belief that agoraphobia is a fear of 'open places',  however, this distressing condition encompasses all kinds of other places and situations from public places such as shops and theatres to private dwellings  and confined areas such as lifts where the sufferer feels vulnerable and separated from their own 'comfort zone'.

This is one of my problems when I am having a hard time is to leave my comfort zone, my house.  cry

Very often agoraphobia begins with an isolated panic when you  may suffer sudden and intense panic and some or all of the following symptoms:  trembling limbs, dizziness, nausea and hyperventilation. redface

Sometimes it can develop as a result of a traumatic event which  leads to an overwhelming dread of repeating the same experience. This results in the sufferer going to any lengths to avoid that place or situation in case the same incident happens again. skull

Now lets hear from all the people suffering from agrophobia and how are you doing?

Remember we are here to support you and help you with ideas on how to get past the agrophobia and back out doing what you love to do.

We are all in the same boat and we all  our life guards  yeah

Gentle Hugs

Kitt

 


 

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   Posted 12/11/2008 10:40 PM (GMT -7)   
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY! Just kidding...well kind of. The first week of class I would start hyperventilating because I was so freaked.
I am truthfully afraid of Styrofoam. The sight of it makes me sick and I have to leave the room. I know its completely irrational and ridiculous but sytrofoam is just disgusting.
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Green Grove
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   Posted 12/12/2008 12:19 AM (GMT -7)   
I am agoraphobic also Kitt :)

My comfort zone is also my home, and like I was writing to Maz earlier (our other lovely agoraphobic:) I have to force myself into situations. Since I've worked through the Panic Away program, I seem to be doing better, because I'm not frightened or fighting my anxiety like before. I just say "hang it all" and who cares what happens. I guess I'm learning to just not care, which is really strange and weird for a person like me, but whatever works :)

I wish everyong the best with this darn disorder. . . Many prayers for all :)
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
TTYL,
 
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   Posted 12/12/2008 12:54 AM (GMT -7)   
My biggest phobia is of losing control, and this has kick started many others. I have agoraphobia, emetaphobia and a fear of hills and stairs. My agoraphobia is generally well controlled: on bad days I can't leave the house but generally I'm ok as long as I'm in familiar places and have escape routes planned. The emetaphobia is one of the more restricting: I'm so terrified of throwing up I won't cook anything with meat, despite being a meant eater, because I don't trust my cooking. I won't go near anyone who says they feel slightly ill or who looks ill. I panic when I feel sick and, if I acually vomit, usually pass out because I hyperventilated. The fear of hills and stairs is about falling down them. I detest steep hills: the thought of going up or down them makes me feel panicky. Steep stairs I can only cope with if there is someone behind me and I go up looking at the step in front of me rather than with my head up.
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   Posted 12/12/2008 2:15 AM (GMT -7)   

I am your classic, class A type Agoraphobic, almost textbook. My agoraphobia came on as a direct result of the severity of my panic as a child. i became extremely avoidant of public situations, had a nervous breakdown at 15 and didnt leave the house for 3months straight, other than to see my P-doc. i did my school work at home so i wouldnt get behind.

i still have a comfort zone that i dont like to breach, and certain environments trigger me- i love going to rock concerts, but they are always in the city, with 30,000 other people and i end up practising my breathing all through U2 or Pearl Jam cos I keep focusing on how far away i am from home, and what if i have a panic attack? you always fear the worst. i left home at 18 and moved 3 hours away- with medication my life with agoraphobia is more bearable but i cant say it has fixed it... it still holds me back from activities i know i would, should and COULD enjoy if i wasnt agoraphobic..

im going into the city tomorrow night- im looking forward to seeing my friends, but im dreading the crowds, the packed restaurant etc, i always fear i will wreck things for my friends. i was always the popular, extroverted life of the party, and that part of me has taken a huge blow as i tend to withdraw as a coping mechanism and avoid going out, therefore, seeing my friends less than i should. i work full time which is no easy feat, but my school is 10mins from home.

A part of me has a desire to travel- but i cant. i only go to NZ and back. i will never see the rest of the world IMHO it just wont happen. if going 1 hr into the city is an issue then overseas will be a major hurdle. i anticipate the worst all the time. i avoid public transport and feel more in control if i am driving, or if a close friend/family is behind the wheel.

I force myself to go out and try and face my fears head on, baby steps.

Agoraphobia is a prison of your soul. That is the best way i can describe it- it can rob you of any joy you may have once felt. but i fight it back because i dont want to feel caged forever.

Maz XX

p.s i have genuine arachnophobia- i can go into a cold faint with spiders, literally. i ALSO have the fear of falling that others have mentioned, and until now, thought i must be super weird- i see myself in my head, falling over, slipping, tumbling etc- im glad im not alone with that one!


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   Posted 12/12/2008 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a small bout of agoraphobia lasted about 4 mths could not even open my door
It was a horrible way to live
I am so sorry Maz........
I wish I could help more
Luvs
God Bless
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   Posted 12/12/2008 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   

Morning Maz, Sam and all,

There are varying degrees Agoraphobia.

The build-up of more stress - literally 'fearing fear' itself often causes more attacks in more places and situations and therefore the problem begins to escalate.

The severity of this problem varies with each agoraphobic. Some lead relatively normal lifestyles, work, have a social life because they are able to avoid the stressful places or situations which bring on their symptoms.

For many though, the situation becomes so serious that they feel unable to leave their homes, a particular room or even their bed. Some also become reclusive. It can take years to treat some sufferers because their problem has become so entrenched.

Those suffering with agoraphobia will characteristically feel ashamed and demoralised by this feeling of being out of control - or rather the fear of losing control and they believe that they must be 'going out of their mind'.
 
You are not going out of your mind, you are a patient with anxiety and you have agoraphobia.
 
There is help and I will post some ways to deal with this phobia shortly.
 
Just know you are here with other members that know where your coming from and what your going through.
 
You are cared for and support by all the members of Healing.
 
Maz, enjoy your night out and kick the anxiety to the curb, let someone else have it.
 

Peace begins with a smile,

Kitt



 

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 12/12/2008 9:08 AM (GMT -7)   
..........GREAT input as per norm my
Lil sis

Loves ya tons
Big sis

I really despised being locked up basically in my own hom for those 4 mths
With baby steps I was abe to get out ..........Thank God

Baby steps are da best IMHO

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   Posted 12/12/2008 10:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Nikki
Just a thought but do you think you may be
sabbotagging your mind into the stinking thinking
about
'Taking meds

specially after the claritin thing
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   Posted 12/12/2008 10:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Unhappy - I don't have a phobia but get anxious at the hairdressers as well. I hate being "stuck" there and have had to get up to use the bathroom w/ my wet hair half cut. Not pretty. I found keeping my eyes closed really helps. I do the same at the dentist. It helps me get to a happier safer place that is less busy. I partly do it to keep the hair out of my eyes too. But I just close my eyes and make small talk. If the small talk kills you fib w/ a little excuse. "I'm sorry I have a really bad head ache today and would rather not chit chat -except about the hair." You could use tired, sore throat, a million excuses. At least at the dentist your mouth is full and you can't talk.
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Shia
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   Posted 12/13/2008 2:45 AM (GMT -7)   
I have phobias such as throwing up and fainting... My two phobias

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Fainting is a big one for me too Shia. . . And I guess the throwing up kind of goes along with that too :)
Much Love, Hugs, Peace & Comfort :)
TTYL,
 
Sam
 
 


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   Posted 12/13/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Nikki, I feel the same way about medications, before I had anxiety I was not afraid of taking meds, after I got anxiety I was afraid and would get random reactions to meds I took before I had anxiety and back than I was fine being on meds. Again it's our minds most times. Sometimes you might actually have a real reaction but there are times where it's in our minds. Especially for high blood pressure. I take an Advil and I get high blood pressure cause of the fear :(

Sam, fainting is a fear for me because my sister fainted one from low blood pressure and I fainted ones from hitting my head really hard. But I'm not sure if this is the real reason why I'm afraid of it. I am afraid of things that are out of my control. Earthquakes, attacks, throwing up, fainting, dying etc...
Do you feel the same way? Phobias of things that are out of your control?

-Shia

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   Posted 12/13/2008 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Emetophobia, (Throwing Up)  redface  

You are not the only one to suffer from this phobia. Most sufferers are surprised to learn that they are far from alone in this surprisingly common, although often unspoken, fear.

Fear Of Throwing Up is an intense fear of something that poses no actual danger. While adults with Fear Of Throwing Up realize that these fears are irrational, they often find that facing, or even thinking about facing, the feared situation brings on a panic attack or severe anxiety.

Hypnotherapy is sometime very successful for this phobia.

Good Luck and keep on talking to each other.

Kitt


 

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