I am claustrophobic. When I have to get an MRI the doctor prescribes me Ativan or some other sedative to help me relax while in the machine. The MRI’s I must have are of my brain so I also have to have this cage wrapped around my head to keep my head from moving. Talk about feeling panicky! I feel like I’m in a coffin!
I feel stifled when I’m in closed in spaces. I hate elevators. I’m not fond of flying. That horrible feeling that everything is closing in on me tries to overpower me.
Big crowds aren’t a favorite of mine either.
When a room is filled with people I tend to migrate to a corner of the room with eyes on the quickest exit. I have to know where an exit is in case I start feeling too smothered.
I’ve always been like this. Luckily it’s not as bad as it used to be though.
Another phobia that tries to stifle me is my emetophobia, or in other words, a fear of throwing up. Yes, you read that correctly. There is a fear of throwing up and I have that fear. I’ve had it since about the age of 8 after I got violently sick after eating a hot dog. (I still don’t touch them to this day, *shudders*) But the fear would be so bad that you couldn’t even say the word throw up around me. If you told me you had a stomach-ache I was out of the room in a flash. Anything that had to deal with getting sick completely stifled me. My breathing grew fast, my heart rate accelerated and, ironically, I would grow nauseated which in turn made me freak out even more. It was a never-ending cycle.
I still am emetophobic but it’s nowhere near as bad as it used to be. I can use the words “throw up” “barf”, etc and it doesn’t usually phase me. I still grow a little uncomfortable when I am around someone who has had the stomach bug. But I don’t dash out of a room. Now if someone actually does throw up in my presence then yeah I still dart out of the room.
I say all that to say this: phobias can stifle a person. But we don’t have to let them. With God all things are possible. With God, He can help us through any fear. We need not fear with Him on our side.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you
1 Peter 5:7
Do you have any phobias?