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.
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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.
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.
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.
Meg - oh and spiders
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
Peace begins with a smile,
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.