I Have Claustrophobia

Claustrophobia anonymous support group with information on diagnosis, treatment, symptoms, along with personal stories and experiences with Claustrophobia. You're not alone. 191 People

    How It All Started

    I am extremly afraid of elevators, sadly my parents force me to ride it. I have no problem if other people are there but I can't face it alone.. It started when I was between 5-9 years old. I got stuck in an elevator and it went dark. It lasted about 2-5 minutes but seemed like...
    Honeyicecream Honeyicecream
    13-15, F
    2 Responses Nov 27, 2012

    Just recently I had a near drowning in a pool.

    now i hate crowds and feeling like im closed in. I hate when theres too many objects or people around me. I havent tried my luck in a elevator or extremely enclosed space just yet. but just thinking about it makes me fidget. I hate that I feel this way like I am sick to my...
    gemxlove gemxlove
    22-25, F
    Jul 25, 2014

    I Have Claustrophobia

    I have had claustrophobia for most of my life. I hate small bathrooms. I hate busy elevators. I hate when the mall is packed. In fact, Christmas is the worst time to be in a mall. I wait till the end of the day to go or if some stores are open later, I will go then. Not too many...
    eastsidechick eastsidechick
    26-30, F
    Dec 3, 2008

    It's so annoying when I go to things like

    Warped Tour because everyone's so close and it just makes me want to puke everywhere but I try to put up with it for warped. If you don't know what it's like, it's like you're in a box and it keeps getting smaller, and hot. It feels humid and dark and tight. You feel trapped and...
    katielandancer katielandancer
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jan 6, 2014


    I can remember what triggered my case of claustrophobia. When I was growing up I lived in a house with an attic, I was 10 or 11 and I was putting some stuff up when my sister pushed the door/stairs up and I started panicking until my sister opened it again.   I joined this...
    Celeste2008 Celeste2008
    2 Responses Jan 12, 2009

    I've Just Always Been Like This

    I don't know exactly when my claustrophobia developed, but I distinctly remember being in sixth grade and being deathly afraid of any tight, suffocating spaces. I always had trouble telling people because my parents didn't believe and just told me I was being a hypochondriac, and...
    Eufemia Eufemia
    18-21, F
    Dec 4, 2012

    This is my second post about this problem.

    . Which meant that I'm still not overcoming this thing.. Sigh. Claustrophobia really ruined me - sort of. It made me scared of crowds. Many can argue that 'there's nothing to be scared of crowds, it's just crowd'. Yes, it's just crowds that's why I'm scared. I can't handle...
    Planetweird Planetweird
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 5, 2014

    I Have Claustrophobia As Well

    I have it too, just changed my job around where there are no elevators. Can't handle planes. I can't go in stand up tanning beds, or up in a double decker bus.  I didn't know that I had a problem until I could not go on the elevator at work when I really needed to...It...
    Cindy201 Cindy201
    2 Responses Jan 25, 2009

    Feeling Light Headed Dizzy And Faint

    I dont know if anyone out there has the same symptoms as me but would love to hear from someone who does...Ive really had enough...everytime i go shopping, fill up with petrol, go to the bank, go to the library - basically any public place and i have to stand for more than a...
    finpops finpops
    Apr 30, 2012

    Claustrophobia Is Taking Control Of My Life...!!

    I'm about to go to college and claustrophobia is taking control of my life because I have changed my dreamed career two times! fist I wanted to be an interior designer, I changed and chose international business but everybody tells me that international business is the worst...
    thearen thearen
    18-21, F
    3 Responses May 15, 2012

    I Am Very Claustrophobia

    When I was small my siblng locked my in a closet of an abandon house. This person also tried to sufficate me with a pillow more then once when we were kids. I am terribly claustrophobic, I cannot get into elevators, I cannot get on freeways for fear I might get stuck in a...
    Mrsbev Mrsbev
    1 Response Sep 10, 2012

    How Do I Know??

    I am 31 years old. I have had a fear of tight spaces for a long time, since I could remember. My wife gets mad at me because I HAVE to have a window open or a fan going at night. If I don't, I can't breathe, get real hot and sweaty, and start to panic and have to go down into the...
    1 Response Sep 15, 2012

    Nobody Knows...

    Nobody knows I have claustrophobia... Nobody knows that closets are my least favorite place to be... Or that I can't breathe in elevators.... Nobody knows.
    strawberrykiwi03 strawberrykiwi03
    18-21, F
    Sep 26, 2013

    I am starting therapy

    for claustrophobia next week and would like to talk online with other people who want to recover. It is hard to discuss with people who don't suffer with it. I am from Manchester in England
    1999barca 1999barca
    56-60, M
    1 Response Sep 23, 2015

    Elevators Terrify Me

    I am new to the group. I am 47 years old and have a great family and hold down a decent job. Over the last several years I have developed an intense fear of elevators and avoid them at all cost. In my life I have been briefly stuck two times, once in high school when a bunch of...
    rsd427 rsd427
    3 Responses Feb 22, 2010

    Limited Fun...

    I have claustrophobia and alot of people don't know how severe it is. When I was a child I had a bad dream of entrapment followed by being stuck in an elevator. I don't like to be in any situation when im not in control. I don't fly, ride in the back of a packed car. I don't ride...
    Thumpy Thumpy
    41-45, M
    1 Response May 27, 2013

    Claustrophobia - How To Control

    My claustrophobia gets worst during the winter, I leave and come home in the dark, which makes me want to jump out of the car to be in the open. I get where I feel like I am going to stop breathing. The same anxiety happens in the evening.
    dlaw7846 dlaw7846
    Nov 17, 2011

    I Cannot Sit Next To People In School...

    Every class I have, I have to be in the front of the room or the back... I get extrememly nervous in the middle of people, like I want to attack them if they get too close! If I'm near my friends and they surround me, I simply say "uhm..." and they know the drill...
    Punkie28 Punkie28
    18-21, F
    Nov 4, 2009

    I didn't know what claustrophobia was

    when I was young. All I knew was that I hate crowd and I can't let myself be in a small enclosed and confined area. I would feel that I can't catch up with my breath and fear would swallow me up. It's only until when I was 14(?) I went to google about phobias then I saw that...
    Planetweird Planetweird
    18-21, F
    Mar 28, 2014


    I can't get in on a plane I'm freak out
    Catylucas Catylucas
    31-35, F
    Aug 23, 2013

    How Do I Get Rid Of This?

    I have claustrophobia. I have had it since I was very little. I have childhood memories of being held down by bigger people and my dad told me one time to lay on on the floor on a blankets with my arms to my side then he rolled me up in the blanket. When I started going crazy...
    red99raider red99raider
    31-35, M
    1 Response Dec 9, 2011

    Recently Acquired Severe Claustrophobia In My Mid 40s. Help!

    Briefly, I went for an MRI of my neck recently. I had a very bad reaction. It was in part due to the fact that they braced my head down in a vice like device then slid me under the MRI machine and there was only a tiny little clearance between my face and the machine. I thought I...
    George1618 George1618
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Sep 18, 2012

    I Am Strangely Paranoid Of Elevators

    Ever since fourth grade, I feared elevators really bad. I've only been stuck three times, one time I went to the wax museum and got stuck there, another time when I went to the hospital, we were stuck in the elevator for two minutes, and at a mall parking lot when I was four. A...
    terrablast765 terrablast765
    Jan 17, 2013

    Claustrophobia Holds Me Back..

    I'm not sure how severe I have claustrophobia, I'm sure there are worse, but I think I may be on the high end of the spectrum and having this phobia really interferes with my life. Just like most everyone else, I absolutely avoid elevators. Just the thought of being in an...
    beeayoutifullove beeayoutifullove
    1 Response Mar 17, 2011


    I do not desire to be stuck in a tight situation. Not in a room, or in a car. I just want to be free.
    LylaRocks LylaRocks
    26-30, F
    Feb 10, 2009

    Working On Overcoming Claustrophobia

    I developed claustrophobia a few years ago, I guess. I never remember having it in high school, so it was probably sometime in college, within the last few years. I used to hate elevators, traffic and tunnels (driving). I even had a mini panic attack while stuck in traffic once...
    mstrombe mstrombe
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Mar 2, 2009

    Can Anyone Relate?

    When i was a kid, probably 12, maybe younger, i was trapped in an elevator with my sister on a vacation with my family. I can't really decide how long it was, somewhere between 8 to 14 minutes. My sister and i knocked and yelled for help, and someone on the other side had to get...
    Emmylou95 Emmylou95
    4 Responses Jun 16, 2012


    I have claustrophobia.  Over the years it seems to come and go. Recently though ( in the last two years ), it has gotten worse.  I now totally avoid situations that  trigger it.  I never use elevators.  I was receiving some therapy for it a few...
    Jenniferbraveheart Jenniferbraveheart
    4 Responses Feb 26, 2009

    My First (And Last?) MRI

    Yikes!!! I had my first MRI yesterday, looking for the cause of my spinal pain. I opted to not have sedatives, because I wanted to be able to drive my car home last night. So, I got in the MRI area, did as they directed about undressing, and doing away with metal objects...
    AlwaysPersevere71 AlwaysPersevere71
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Aug 2, 2013

    I actually like small rooms

    because large ones make me uncomfortable, BUT I am claustrophobic. Tight crowds of people where I'm bumping into someone, or if the blankets are super heavy and I can hardly rollover, or is someone is tickling me I freak out. The bed one happened to me this morning actually. I...
    Twichl Twichl
    22-25, F
    Mar 31, 2014
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