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I Am Claustrophobic

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    I Hate Being In Small Places!

    i dont like to be in small places, when i'm put into a small place, i'll panic really bad and really need to escape, and it gets rather annoying and plays a part in most of my every day life, cos also if it's a large place with lots of people, thats just as bad, which means...
    sezy sezy 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 24, 2007

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    It Sucks

    Being claustrophobic can at times be more than just scary, it can interfere with jobs and lifestyle as well. I hate it so much!
    deleted deleted 26-30 Mar 13, 2011

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    Groups Of People Noise Make Me Claustrophobic

    I feel like room is spinning and I can't think and breathe and just have to get out. I am sure it all started when I was a child.
    amberbradley amberbradley 26-30 Jul 17, 2012

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    Well

    i can work in crawl spaces for short periods of time, i used to help my dad with plumbing jobs. but it's getting better inside and outward.
    justwhatever123 justwhatever123 26-30, F Jan 4, 2011

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    I Get Panicky In Closed Spaces

    I aint that claustrophobic like most people, but I do get panicky some some situations. I dont mind going in lifts, but once I got stuck in one and I started panicking, its a good thing my parents were there. I hate going under my bed, its a double bed and it up against the...
    ForeverOnABoat ForeverOnABoat 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 15, 2011

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    This Is New And Scary.

    I've only recently been claustrophobic. I suffer from depression and anxiety as well. It's an awful feeling. When I saw it depicted in the movies, I figured, "Well, they just need to focus on their surroundings and see that they're not shifting, not closing in", but now that I...
    Skeevy5446 Skeevy5446 18-21, F Jul 24, 2013

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    I Am Claustrophobic, But That Makes Me Me So I Embrace It And Love It!

    When I was a teenager my mother and I would often bond by going to the mall in my hometown (I am not a shopper, but she always was and I just loved spending time with her)...she loved to have heart to hearts that always seemed to start when she would park the car in the parking...
    pnichole pnichole 31-35, F Aug 21, 2011

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    I'm Claustrophobic.

    I developed this phobia in my childhood, since then I've been afraid of Anything that is close spaces. I am glad to Join this group, makes me feel less alone in my phobia. (x
    Skarleth Skarleth 22-25, F Jul 12, 2013

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    Burried Alive

    When I was a child, I overheard my mother talking about a man buried alive. From that day on I started to have nightmares about being trapped and buried alive every single day. I used to love to cover my face when sleeping pretending I'm in a tent, also to avoid the cold air...
    Teuk Teuk 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 23, 2012

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    When my cousin and I were about 10,

    we were just being kids and hiding from our family in the hallway closet. The closet was no bigger then a 4x4, maybe even smaller; and it was packed with blankets and towels. My aunt told us to get out but we didnt, so we stayed in there for another 5 minutes or so until we...
    anemicroyaltee anemicroyaltee 13-15, T 1 Response Jan 14

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    Really..

     Claustrophobic! I absolutely hate small spaces. I never like going in lifts i refuse. I don't know why i hate them so much i just do =). I hate wearing those sumo suits that you wrestle in because i am always scared that someone will fall on me and i would be stuck =(. So...
    LunaWolff LunaWolff 18-21, F Sep 22, 2009

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    I was trapped in a small space

    for a while and I couldn't get out and now every time I'm in a small space I can't breath
    zward14 zward14 13-15, F Jul 19

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    Scared

    I'm scared of small spaces,most particulary elevators ( I'm afraid something horrible will happen in them,like they won't open,or will crash) and small public bathrooms,because of the size,and just being afraid I will get trapped in them,so I don't lock the door,and have had...
    cryingoveryou cryingoveryou 41-45, F 1 Response Jun 3, 2009

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    I Am Claustrophobic Too

    Hi, I have never really looked at it as a problem coz I avoid my trigger places now. I don't use airplane toilets and always travel with a book to keep me occupied while flying. I don't use elevators that are too full or look old or looks like it can get stuck. Before I book a...
    shodasho shodasho 31-35 Apr 20, 2013

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    Right Spaces

    I always get asked how I can be agoraphobic and claustrophobic at the same time but I am. I'm terrified of wide open spaces, but I'm terrified of right spaces. I discovered this when I was 14 at a school fair and I was asked to join a friend in a inflatable obstacle course and...
    dcaleb21 dcaleb21 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 25, 2013

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    I Hate It So Much

    My son loves to play in those stupid play structures that have tubes.  He will not go in alone though so I though I would just go with him at MCDonalds.  I got so sick I didn;t get better for 2 days.  I was nauseous and felt like I was going to die.  I will never do that...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 12, 2011

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    No Escape

    "Claustrophobia is the fear of having no escape, and being closed in. It is typically classified as an anxiety disorder and often results in a rather severe panic attack. Claustrophobia develops as the mind makes the association that small spaces psychologically translate to...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jun 15, 2013

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    Are You Afraid Of Mri Machines?

    hello, i am a 56 year old man, about 3 monts ago i had an acciden and dislocated my shoulder, i was told by a doctor that i might need an operation, but in order to have the operation an mri test has to be done, the mri was scheduled and i was waiting , impatient to have it done...
    jamespinto jamespinto 56-60 11 Responses Oct 3, 2010

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    2eif[pemf[pw2efimnqp23rginmqp3rkgmnq]3krg

    When I was a kid, I was always paranoid to da max about being locked in the bathroom. Specially in plane bathrooms. I still am now actually. I always test out the lock thing on the door before actually locking. I sometimes just avoid it. It's too much, you know? Also, I had...
    unknowninvisible unknowninvisible 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 17, 2013

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    I'm not majorly claustrophobic,

    just in certain situations. Unfortunately, I only discovered this about 2 years ago. We were having a practice lockdown at my school, and I had been shoved under a desk. We were in there for about 2 hours, because we were in the industrial arts section and they forgot to tell us...
    WarriorWannabe WarriorWannabe 13-15, F Mar 18

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    Still Trying To Figure Out If I Have Claustrophobia

    Hi guys! Just like my title I'm really not sure if I am a claustrophobic because i have not freak out just yet in any situation where I'm trapped (for me) in public. However, i knew while growing up that i have fear of being enclosed or stuck up in any place with no easy escape...
    iamsuperfreeandhappy iamsuperfreeandhappy 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 15, 2011

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    Phobias

    Hello! I'm working on a television segment about phobias. I'm looking for women who are claustrophic, afraid of snakes, or spiders, etc. If you would be interested in being on a national television show to talk about this issue, please contact me. T. Dailey tdailey@zoco.com
    tdailey tdailey 41-45 Jan 17, 2011

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    Need Wide Open Spaces

      I have realized over the past couple of years that really small spaces over a prolonged period of time make me claustrophobic.  Never thought that I was.  Elevators don't do it, because i am not in them long enough.   It began to really bother me when I lived in a tiny...
    aurorashower aurorashower 31-35, F 2 Responses May 4, 2011

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    Half Claustrophobic???

    if there is a such thing as half claustrophobic, then thats me. small places dont bother me. but when a bunch of people start crowding me, i get nervous and freaked out and i feel like i cant breathe. i tend to get angry and start yellin too lol. (sorry to all the ones ive come...
    HisDepartureAug302010 HisDepartureAug302010 16-17, F 3 Responses May 13, 2010

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    Yes I Am

    Yes I am claustrophobic.  The thing that helps me though is to face my fears.  When I was an Emergency Medical Tech I told the Fire chief about it and he had me put on all the gear (including the tank) and walk around for about 30 minutes.  I did this and he said...
    rondat rondat 41-45, F 1 Response Dec 12, 2007

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    Trains, Planes & Elevators

    I have not ridden an elevator in years.  I have missed doctor's appointments, avoided visiting people who live in tall buildings, skipped job interviews because of it.  I have no fear that the cables will break, or that I'll be trapped with someone evil.  I'm only...
    aisland aisland 21-25, F 3 Responses Dec 18, 2006

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    This Is Awful

    I think it can be difficult for people without this affliction to even begin to understand this condition. It can be awful. It can make you have an immediate need to remove yourself from a situation. It can trigger panic attacks. It can make it difficult to function properly...
    bassplayer bassplayer 46-50, M 19 Responses Oct 23, 2008

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    Very Claustrophobic.

    i found out i was claustrophobic as a child.. when i got under a box and a few of my cousins sat on it. i started freaking out, screaming. i thought i was going to die. ever since then i cannot get in anything small or be trapped in small spaces, or have someone sitting on me...
    magennicole magennicole 16-17, F May 13, 2010

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    Underground Is The Worst

    For me, claustrophobia has always been worse underground. It's the place where I seem to react to almost any hint of enclosure. I'm not really sure why. When I was 12, my parents took me to Mammoth caves. I don't actually remember a lot of what happened, but I remember my...
    Arch1969 Arch1969 18-21 1 Response Dec 14, 2012

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    What Sparks It Off?

    I would be interested in hearing from other people what sparks there attacks off and if there is anything they have learn't to do to help themselves? For me I have an idea as to why I developed Claustrophobia and I am pretty sure stress is a trigger to how big a reaction I...
    cello cello 51-55, F 3 Responses Oct 10, 2007

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    I'm Not Sure If I Am...

    When I was kid, I never had a problem with small places, i never cared I just knew that they were safe and secure places to me, I was comfortable, My dad is extremely Claustrophobic so I know that I'm not that bad. I like to ride with the windows down in the car no matter...
    CaliGurl2007 CaliGurl2007 22-25, F May 13, 2010

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    I Hate Small Spaces.

    I am very claustrophobic. I can't really be in malls when it's busy. I have to have some window open in the car for freash air. I need the window open in my apartment too. I am in and out if the public bathrooms with lightning speed. It's just something I deal with. 
    eastsidechick eastsidechick 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 6, 2007

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    Claustrophobic

    Yeah I'm pretty claustrophobic too. But what I don't get is that none of my family members suffer from it and I've never had any bad experiences. Ever since I was a baby I never wanted to be cuddled up with my parents an I would cry if I was put in a crib, so I had to use a...
    Maxy1717 Maxy1717 18-21, F Feb 12, 2011

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    I Know Why I'm Claustrophobic!!

    I always have had a small problem with being in elevators but nothing too serious because being in an elevator is only for a few seconds.In 2004 when I started suffering from PTSD(post tramatic stress disorder)I really started having a big problem with claustrophobia.My biggest...
    TexasLily TexasLily 51-55, F 7 Responses Feb 3, 2009

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    I Don't Get The Typical Panic Attack Symptoms, But Still...

    I have had it for as long as I can remember. I take public transit all the time, but make a point of avoiding it in the afternoon, between 2:45 and 3:45 aka when the school kids are dismissed. Sometimes however, that does not work. Whenever I get on a super crowded bus aka...
    ashleymay ashleymay 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 13, 2012

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    The Elevator

    I was going to the first floor, and of course a little hesitant for an unknown reason at the time, the elevator was a little nerve racking going down stopping on every floor with no one there, and then got to the first floor no problem. I realized that leaving the area I forgot...
    Andariel Andariel 22-25, F 4 Responses Jul 30, 2008

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    The idea of being like a piece of meat in an oven is not very appealing to me...lol Not to mention feeling claustrophobic :) Kudos to those who use them :))
    SummerJane SummerJane 36-40, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I've always wondered why being surrounded by people made me feel drained and irritated. At first I thought I was claustrophobic but then I pinpointed I was most anxious when it was...
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