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Offline Summer04

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Fear of open places
« on: January 03, 2014, 09:18:56 PM »
Since I was in middle school I didn't like waiting to cross the street, especially at a busy intersection.  I wasn't worried about getting hit by a car - we had crossing guards to make sure of that - but just the big open ***** of the street.  Even if it's a small street I don't like it - I don't like the openness.

I was in a large city in my area with my fiance and some friends a couple of months back, and we had to stop at a busy intersection while the light was red.  I became nervous, shaky, had sweaty hands, and grabbed my fiance's hand.  He understands that I have anxiety and is very supportive.  When the light was green I basically pulled him across the street.  Yet when we got to the arena (we were going to a sporting event) I had no problem crossing the street with the crowd of people.  If I'm alone I get nervous, but if I'm in a crowd it's all right.

Does anyone else have this problem?
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Offline Cuchculan

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Re: Fear of open places
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2014, 06:21:32 AM »
The closest I come to this is if I am in a car on a fine lane motorway. We are in the middle lane. I hate that. I can't just sit still. I think with yourself it might be safety in numbers. The more people that are there the less open the spaces are. The people are taken up that *****. So you are more at ease. Less people means more open *****. You minds kicks into action. I tend to use an MP3 player. Music stops my mind racing away from me. Keeps me calm. Can all be about finding that one thing that works for you.
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