Claustraphobia Is Ruining My Life

I have always been a bit claustraphobic since I was about nine, but I was able to manage it well, I could even get on all public transport and even go in a lift! but all that changed about 7 years ago when I was heavily pregnant with my third child. I was in the back of a taxi and couldn't open the window, I had a panic attack and had to stop the taxi......that was the beginning of a nightmare.Since then, I couldn't get on any public transport, although recently I was able to get on a train and bus, but would still get very anxious.


My family and I are planning a trip to Greece in december and I am terrified...I don't mind flying but the thought of being enclosed on the plane is horrible. Recently I went to London and managed well on the train, but couldn't get on the tube, I was shaking and tearful and felt I couldn't breathe. It is a horrible phobia. I can't sit in the back of a car and last time I went on a plane, it took me 4 hours to calm down, once I had got off the plane. I thinking of trying hypnotherapy and wondered if any suffers on here had tried it and if it works!  I recently had to visit family in Ireland for a funeral and couldn't fly, so got the ferry, but had to drive up there as I knew I wouldn't be able to do the coach trip! I'm ok on the train and bus, as long as I open a window immediately, so the thought of the plane, where obviously no window will open...urrgh!!!!


People don't really understand this fear and feel you can control it...I beg to differ!!!

evahugs evahugs
36-40, F
1 Response Mar 14, 2010

I can certainly understand where you are coming from. I wasn't always claustrophobic, but now I am. So much so to the point that I will only live in houses, not apts and they must have a back door as well as a front door, they must also have large rooms. I became this way many years ago when I was stuck on a elevator between floors for 4 hours with three small children under 5. I will not under any circumstances get in an elevator. It took me forever to get in a taxi or bus. Still I get uneasy with those automatic car door locks and I sit near the door on the bus. So I totally understand you. I have learned to control it somewhat but you can never fully control it. It hasn't ruined my life because I won't let it, but it sometimes makes life a little more difficult, even at the movies I will sit near the exit, restaurents, the same. So I am at least one person who understands you. This is the first time I have shared my problem with claustrophobia with anyone, as I didn't think there was anyone who would understand either. Glad to have found you, friend.