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Is this a phobia.

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johnsmoot6

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I'm a bit confused as to weather what I'm experiencing is a phobia, gaiety disorder, OC D or maybe just bad habits or
behaviors I've developed over the years.

As a kid I started to develop a fear of being in situations where I couldn't escape from eg. being stuck in an elevator but
I've looked at phobias like agoraphobia, claustrophobia and Claustrophobia but I don't fear confined spaces or
crowded places I only fear being trapped and knowing that I can never escape. I don't mind going in lifts It's just the
loss of control and not being able to escape when you enter one that I fear.

I don't think its a control thing because I'm fine with being driven by someone and not being in control of the car
as I know I could easily get out, unlike a plane where I know there is no escape. I also associate death
with this phobia, I feel that after death I will still be conscious but in some sort of void unable to cease just in
nothingness forever, so its not really death I fear but again being in a situation that I can't escape from and have
no control over. Also growing up I had a fear of
developing a terminal disease as I associated this with death and the void scenario but
Also having someone tell me I'm going to die would put me in a situation that I could not escape from, this is
The same reason I fear situations that aren't associated with death like becoming paralyzed or going to prison
Because I can't escape and have no control that situation.

The reason that I'm leaning towards it being a phobia is that
I'm fine when I don't experience anything that might result in me getting trapped, it's not something that
affects me daily like general anxiety, also I don't really have obsessive thoughts that come into my mind, I only
Have them when I know I'm going to have to face a situation that might cause me to become trapped. I did adopt
some OCD rituals I guess to try to help me avoid these situations eg. tapping something so many times so that I didn't
get cancer, but I don't do theses anymore because I know
they don't do anything, I mean I guess I have touch of OCD as I do like to go back and check things like ovens
Taps to see if they're turned off but this doesn't really hold me back from doing thighs like my fear/phobia of being
trapped and not being in control. I would just like to understand what this phobia is (if It is one) and
if anyone else has had similar experiences.

Sorry if its a bit hard to read, I'm finding it hard to describe.
 
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Hi johnsmoot6 and :welcome:

I have almost exactly the same problem and as far as I know the closest phobia would indeed be agoraphobia. I have learnt to control it by avoiding 'triggers' which for me are lifts, changing rooms, any very crowded place, busy clubs/pubs etc., and public transport. CBT is generally regarded to be a good therapy for this kind of phobia but unfortunately it's difficult to access through the NHS unless it seriously disadvantages you eg. means you can't leave your home (which I can) but you could seek a private therapist. I found one locally who was charging £50 for a session and she recommended booking 6. I never did it though because I accepted the limitations my phobia placed on me (eg. never being able to fly anywhere) and I must say it has got better over the years - I can use public transport sometimes now but I dare say I will never enjoy it!
 
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I should add that OCD, generalised anxiety, social phobia and other phobias all seem to have similarities and can be coexisting so you would probably need to consult a professional to help you find out exactly what your problem is. My GP was sympathetic when I approached him about my agoraphobia but he told me my condition wasn't serious enough to warrant NHS treatment (which I agreed with) although he did offer to prescribe me anti-depressants which I didn't want to take. If you look up a phobia online it's worth remembering that very few people exhibit all the 'classic' symptoms they list and people with a similar diagnosis can have different 'triggers' - for example I cannot go into a cave or tunnel which people immediately interpret as 'claustrophobia' but it's not - I will happily squeeze myself into a small space as long as I can easily get out again!
 

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