Fear of crowds phobia

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It's extremely hard for me to go out to dinner at restaurants from the fear of throwing up. I don't go to clubs or bars because i am terrified of the thought of throwing up. This has taken over my life. It's the most terrible feeling. I honestly would rather have a booger up my nose and have someone tell me then to have to deal with this. It's nice to know there are others out there besides me. I've tried Lexapro...doean't work...
I mean that even though I can't see the person on the other end of the line, I still feel the tremendous levels of stress and fear rising inside of me. My phobia is so bad that I am uneasy being around many of my family members, even though I love them more than anything. I'm not uneasy being around my Mom though, she is my one and only friend.
hate meetin people. hate walking alone. hate goin somewhere new for the fear of i might not know where the door is, go in the wrong entrance etc. can't carry out tasks in public. i.e. walk the dog..i get very nervous wen approaching a road i have to cross..i dont know whats wrong with me. if i have to go somewhere like to the bank, i walk so fast and dnt even realise im doing it. by the time i get there im sweating, short of breath and light headed.
From reading your post here and the one below, I would say that you need to be treated for panic and anxiety. My own wife has similar problems with narcotics and usually refuses them in favor of Xanax. She has cancer related pain and has been prescribed mega-doses of Lortab and Vicodin ES. She rarely uses them out of fear of addiction and the "funny feelings" they give her. For the life of me, I don't understand it! I'm just the opposite preferring opiates over benzos for pain. J.
I'm not a doctor but when I think of a phobia, I think of a fear of something specific that keeps you from doing things ie, afraid of spiders? don't go down in the basement or reach into dark spots. afraid of crowds? generally don't go out in public. Anxiety may just happen without any apparent reason or it may be triggered by an event. Some people experience all kinds of physical symptoms with their anxiety. Nausea, light-headedness, sweating, palpitations.
I don't care much for other creepy crawlies, but probably not phobia point. Fear of hights, but I've learned to handle going up a ladder to about 20 ft. I don't know if it's a phobia, but the sight of blood makes me feel faint, even talking about lots of blood makes me weak.
I have social phobia and even though I am not a doctor it doesn't seem like she has social phobia. Does she fear going out in public? Eating or drinking in public. Using public restrooms. Talking to people in authority, ordering food at a restaurant, making small talk with people like cashiers? Goes out of her way to avoid social gatherings. Does shoping very late at night or very early in the morning to avoid crowds. These are the more common symptoms of social phoiba.
The same thing happened to me my first year of college. Out of the blue I developed a phobia of speaking in front of a group. (it's very common.) My heart would pound so hard I thought it was going to kill me. I couldn't even speak when we got into small groups. The following year I deliberately signed up for a speach class to contront this. I had to deal with this to continue in school! Anyway, it worked! I never took any meds or anything, just confronted my fear.
A person with social anxiety disorder is afraid that he or she will make mistakes and be embarrassed or humiliated in front of others. The fear may be made worse by a lack of social skills or experience in social situations. The anxiety can build into a panic attack. As a result of the fear, the person endures certain social situations in extreme distress or may avoid them altogether.
I do have a fear of crowds, not having a bathroom, or anything of the sort. its screwing my life up. I should be praying right now! Im thankful for being alive just not with what I'm going through.
I know the causes for me is this. I have a huge out of control phobia of vomiting (I have never thrown up.) When I have panic attacks, I feel like I am goin to be sick. and I really thought I was going to be 2 weeks ago. I havn't been able to eat due to extreme anxiety over eating and vomiting. I'm getting it under control again, but different things cause different episodes. Good luck and keep us posted. Sorry my post was really all over the place. lol And anxietyjayme..
Hello I know this much about anxiety I have socialphobia, a terrible fear of crouds, The only thing that finally helped me was to see a shrink, after a year and some excersizes I learned from him and a medication that I must take for the rest of my life I really feel much better I now have my own arsonal of personal tools to calm myself down. If you cant cope on your own perhaps a shrink would help its up to you of course I wish you the best of luck.
I'm new here and this is my first post. It's not really a question, just stuff I feel I need to talk about and see opinions on. I'm a 19 year old male. I know I have a long future ahead of me and everyone reminds me of that, but in my head I'm always telling myself "of course they will tell you that, they are your loved ones." I've always been cautious about things and got a little more nervous than it seemed like the people around me did over certain things.
I don't have any other OCD symptoms, that I know of any way. My trigger is actually crowds...movies and concerts, specifically (which really *****, since I LOVE music and film) but my anxiety reemerged at a concert, where I was already feeling anxious, and then the singer happened to say something about "never being able to get a thought out of your head." Ooooooops. But I am now 6 weeks into being on Celexa, and staying positive.
Agoraphobia and social phobia poked out it's ugly head during a time when I was laid off of work (I'm on disability now) bought a mobile home and had my Mom move in with me, as my Dad had died and she was alone. I love my Mom (now deceased) and we used to travel together and seek out local places of interest. Best friends in a way. Anyway she was diagnosed with Colon cancer and after 6 months she died. I tried to commit suicide, landed in the hospital for 7 days...
my phobia is having poopy pants b/c I fear not making it to a BR in time. I had to go...and BAD b/c of the panic...I hit EVERY blasted light and was in an area I'm not real familiar with. Moral of the story...I made it to BK, stunk up their public restroom (LOL)...and headed right back home. I wasn't even trying to work thru this one....it was sooo bad. Sooo, naturally, ever since then..I've feared that specific route badly. It is an area prone to a good bit of traffic as it is....
but it's becoming more and more apparent I'm not. I've recently discovered 2 of my good friends are on some sort of medication for a social disorder of sorts, and I think it's similar to what I think I have, but of course I'm too afraid to ask them. Even my wife of 11 years doesn't know...she just thinks I'm quiet. I just wish I wasn't so deathly afraid of what everyone thought about me, and it was easier to just enjoy life and talk to people and not be afraid to be me.
Don't need to take any anxiety meds. If I only would get rid of this BP phobia my life would be close to perfect. But I will not give up.
Of course you're not the only one! You've been posting enough to know that heart symptoms are one of the MOST common complaints with anxiety. ANY list of anxiety symptoms would include heart palpitations and related symptoms. Heart palpitations in the absence of a major cardiac issue are totally benign. I'm going to be frank here, and not sugar coat my advice....only out of compassion. It's time to sh** or get off the pot if you know what I mean!
I don't quite know which label my anxiety comes under, I am petrified of having to go out and face anyone, let alone large crowds. It's something I've done frequently over the past few months but it's just made me a complete emotional wreck. Nothing has changed much, despite facing what I fear everyday. Thanks for your help all and I will get back to you just as soon as I find out. Fingers crossed.
here's mine: 1) Fear of dying or being in an accident 2) Fear of medicines 3) Feeling that everything is surreal. 4) Constant tiredness 5) wake up gasping for breath 6) Rechecking things 7) Need to control everything 8) Feeling I'm going to stop breathing 9) Feel like I have disease and they haven't found it 10) Constant worry 11) find it hard to motivate myself 12) think i will develop allergy to nuts or prawns. it's hard isn't it to always be worried?
But the idea is not to run from the fear. But to sit it out and see that it can pass. Never an easy thing to do. Most of us are on medication to help us do such things. But I get out and about a lot. Once I wouldn't move outside the house. Indoors was my life. But I pushed and pushed harder. Until I could do things again. But in small steps at a time. Don't run before you can walk. I don't see you as been housebound. You can still go out and about. Keep on doing that.
The other problem is that I keep thinking about it when I'm among a group of people and this just makes it worse, but it's the fear of the humiliation that causes me to think of it even before I enter a room full of people. Even one-on-one with my boss or a stranger is a scary thought, because I always have to excuse myself and go to the bathroom, but sometimes I can't find a gap in the conversation to do so.
I JUST WAS FROZEN IN FEAR OF PASSING OUT AND THOUGHT I WAS DYING OF A HEART ATTACK. THE CAMERA MAN WAS SIGNALING FOR ME TO STAND UP AND I COULDN'T. I WAS FREAKING OUT AND WENT 'RACING' OUT OF THE AUDIENCE WHILE HANGING ON TO CHAIRS AND PEOPLE BECAUSE I THOUGHT I WAS GOING TO FALL OVER AND PASS OUT..THEN I WAS SEEING 'TUNNEL' VISION AND IT SEEMED LIKE IT WAS GETTING DARK...THAT WAS IT...I GRABBED A SECURITY OFFICER IN THE BACK OF THE ROOM AND YELPED FOR AN AMBULANCE AND TOLD HIM I WAS DYING...
The prospect of this shared experience was so exciting to me that the anticipation of that experience outweighed the fear of flying. All those folks knew about my problem and cheered me on when I said, "count me in." The plane trip -the entire experience- was great. I was also in therapy at the time, and the trip became a subject of discussion. It is possible that, had the trip been proposed a year earlier, I might not have joined -we'll never know.
In fact, I think that the huge dose of Rivotril I take each day and the addiction and the fear of missed a dose just lead to more anxiety in me. I take 0.5mg of Rivotril every hour now... I find the rebound anxiety to be less annoying than taking the whole 2 mg at the same time only 4 times a day. I don't know what is your dose of Xanax each day, but if it's low, it's ok. If it's higher than 4 mg, I think addiction can be a problem and just lead to more anxiety...
It's a feeling that the body can't handle normal stimuli such as lights, noise, crowds, large buildings. So it is a fear, but not of what might happen. It's a fear of what is happening right now. Today I think I broke my third toe, right foot, when getting up from the chair I ran into the love seat leg (wicker). It hurts, it is swelling, and I limp and can't put weight on it. Now I am hampered even more from trying to go out. So I weighed the options. My anxiety began to increase.
My anxiety is like yours constant I feel pains constantly all day everyday. I have a huge fear of blood clotts, and heart problems. I constantly worry, everytime I get a pain im afraid its a clott and as I told u i get pains constantly. Ive even noticed that I get pains in the exact locations of my arteries. I am in constant fear that im fixing to die. It has consumed me. I have been to the ER 8 times in 3 mos they constantly tell me that everything looks fine.
I have a phobia of doctors. My fear of doctors often times exceed my fear of death. It's horrible. When I'm sick and I ask for help people will just say "Go to your doctor!", but I can't. I don't trust them. I stay up late at night with panic attacks just thinking "What if I get really sick and have to go..?" I guess I have to attribute this fear to bad childhood experiences with doctors. Fortunately I'm not afraid to go to the doctor for the flu..
Its still hard to do somethings out of fear of feeling dizzy or fighting the urge to rush out of a store, but you have to keep trying, keep taking yourself to those scary places until they aren't scary anymore. Its harder than anything I have ever done, but its working and I am getting my life back. Be sure to eat healthy, sleep alot, drink water, take vitamins, and exercise regularly. Healthy bodies= Healthy minds.
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