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I Am Claustrophobic

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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...
    ashleymay ashleymay 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 13, 2012

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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...
    jamespinto jamespinto 56-60 10 Responses Oct 3, 2010

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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...
    tdailey tdailey 41-45 Jan 17, 2011

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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...
    cello cello 51-55, F 3 Responses Oct 10, 2007

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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...
    bassplayer bassplayer 46-50, M 19 Responses Oct 23, 2008

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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...
    eastsidechick eastsidechick 26-30, F Sep 6, 2007

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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...
    Skarleth Skarleth 18-21, F Jul 12, 2013

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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...
    Skeevy5446 Skeevy5446 18-21, F Jul 24, 2013

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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...
    cryingoveryou cryingoveryou 41-45, F 1 Response Jun 3, 2009

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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...
    anemicroyaltee anemicroyaltee 13-15, T 1 Response Jan 14

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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...
    Teuk Teuk 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 23, 2012

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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...
    ForeverOnABoat ForeverOnABoat 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 15, 2011

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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...
    rondat rondat 41-45, F 1 Response Dec 12, 2007

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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...
    TexasLily TexasLily 51-55, F 7 Responses Feb 3, 2009

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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...
    unknowninvisible unknowninvisible 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 17, 2013

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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...
    CaliGurl2007 CaliGurl2007 22-25, 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...
    Arch1969 Arch1969 18-21 1 Response Dec 14, 2012

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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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jun 15, 2013

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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...
    aurorashower aurorashower 31-35, F 2 Responses May 4, 2011

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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...
    pnichole pnichole 31-35, F Aug 21, 2011

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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...
    sezy sezy 16-17, F 2 Responses Aug 24, 2007

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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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    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...
    HisDepartureAug302010 HisDepartureAug302010 16-17, F 3 Responses May 13, 2010

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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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    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...
    WarriorWannabe WarriorWannabe 13-15, F Mar 18

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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...
    aisland aisland 21-25, F 3 Responses Dec 18, 2006

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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...
    iamsuperfreeandhappy iamsuperfreeandhappy 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 15, 2011

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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...
    dcaleb21 dcaleb21 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 25, 2013

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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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    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...
    Maxy1717 Maxy1717 18-21, F Feb 12, 2011

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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...
    shodasho shodasho 31-35 Apr 20, 2013

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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...
    magennicole magennicole 16-17, F May 13, 2010

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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...
    Andariel Andariel 22-25, F 4 Responses Jul 30, 2008

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    I'm a lone wolf. Look at me mentioning the obvious. I hate being near people, and get claustrophobic very easy. I prefer to be running free and lone. I don't howl because I'm...
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    I know this is a story as old as the stars. So here I am. Surrounded by my three kitties who are probably the closest I will get to having children since I refuse to start a family...
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