How Everyday Situations Become Challenges For Me?

Understanding claustrophobia

Daily Rants
3 min readJun 12, 2024

Many people think of a shower as a place to relax and unwind. For me, it’s different. The small, enclosed space of a shower cabin makes me feel trapped. The walls seem to close in on me, and the limited air makes it hard to breathe. This triggers my claustrophobia, turning what should be a calming experience into a time of stress and anxiety.

It’s not just showers that are a problem. Any small room or space can set off my fear. Elevators, small cars, and even tight clothing can make me feel like I’m stuck with no way out. The fear isn’t just uncomfortable; it can be overwhelming. That’s why I often avoid situations where I might feel confined or closed off from the rest of the world.

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Medical Appointments and Anxiety

Going to the dentist is a nightmare for me. Lying down on the dental chair, unable to move freely, fills me with dread. It feels like I’m locked in place, and this triggers my claustrophobia. The fear makes it hard to stay calm during the appointment, and sometimes I even feel like I need to escape the room just to breathe properly.

To manage this, I often speak with my dentist ahead of time about my claustrophobia. This way, they can help make the experience less stressful…