View Full Version : Anxieties - Is this funny???

August 22nd, 2012, 02:18 AM
Want to hear something that I think is funny?? I'm terrified of escalators!! I have anxiety attacks everytime I have to go on an escalator...but especially down!! Unfortunately, most casinos have an escalator to get to the meeting/banquet room upstairs. Last week I went to a job fair at a casino upstairs and afterwards I decided to be brave and go DOWN the escalator. But my shoe got caught and I nearly ended up going down the hard way. After I caught my balance and stepped away, I realized that I was hyperventilating and shaking. I ended up taking the elevator down. Even right now, thinking about what almost happened, I'm shaking and my heart is racing. When I'm not near an escalator, I can joke about it. But when the moment of truth comes I can go up if I'm careful, BUT NOT DOWN!!!!!

Pam in Vegas

August 22nd, 2012, 02:25 AM
I don't think it's funny at all, I always worry about getting on and off the **** things lol
But then I am a country girl, and feel like a real bumpkin when I get to a big city that have those.

August 22nd, 2012, 04:03 AM
Pam, I think we all have fears about something....when going to school I was always afraid of wearing my pj bottoms to school and guess what...one day I did....no one knew but me but after that I checked every day to make sure I didn't do it again!

August 22nd, 2012, 06:30 AM
Lilmouse - How did you manage to wear pj bottoms and no one notice them?

Pam - My sis has the same phobia. She's gotten better but she still hates getting on escalators. You would have a heart attack if you saw the underground escalators here in London. The escalators are at least twice the length of the ones in department stores due to the depth of the tunnels, and one shot all the way up or down. No break as in department stores when you change escalators on each floor. It's a looooong way up or down. There are signs between the up and the down that say "stay to the right." That's so people in a hurry can RUN up or down the escalator. When I first got here my husband did that and so I followed along. I proceeded to fall. Thank goodness we were traveling up and not down that darned thing. After that, I said NO. I'm not doing that. People are crazy!!! The chances they take baffle me just so they don't miss the train. Those trains come very often most of the time. So what's the big rush???

Now that I have totally scared the "pajamas" off you, you can go in the bathroom and throw up! Sorry, that was very insensitive of me! I thought I'd throw in a little humor in case your hair is standing on end! Hahaha! I'd say looking over the edge from high places makes me get a weird and scary sensation in my loins!!! I ask others if they ever get that feeing but so far no one has said "yes." Either there's something very odd about me or there's something really odd about them. I choose the latter! Hahaha!!!

August 22nd, 2012, 07:09 AM
I am not fond of escalators. thank goodness I don't have to use them often.

August 22nd, 2012, 07:56 AM
I really don't like elevators -- especially those glass ones that they have in some malls.

August 22nd, 2012, 07:56 AM
Pam we all have phobias. I don't like VERY high places. Gives me the willies.

August 22nd, 2012, 09:49 AM
Hyperventalating, shakes, heart races - I get like that if I have to drive or ride in the snow or ice. So I don't do it. I am very fortunate that I can walk to my job in the winter if they are calling for anything. Heck, I should walk everyday anyways for the exercise. It's only about a mile one way.

I totally understand how you feel when you see that escalator.


August 22nd, 2012, 11:15 AM
A lot of people are afraid of escalators. I am deathly afraid of heights, and I mean even standing on a chair. DH asked me many years ago to go horse back riding w/ him. I told him no way was I gonna get on a horse and be that far off the ground. He say's 'if you loved me you would go' to which I responded 'if you love me, you wouldn't even ask'. Well he never asked again, lol. Yet for some reason I am not afraid of roller coasters, lol. The bigger, faster, and higher the more I love them.

K. McEuen
August 22nd, 2012, 11:38 AM
My grandmother was terrified of escalators, never would ride one. Of course, she was alive before they were invented so she probably just didn't trust that newfangled thing.

Washington DC has some of those steep escalators to the metro trains. I know when I rode on them I had to close my eyes because I felt like I was falling forward if I rode with them open. That was a weird feeling.

August 22nd, 2012, 11:44 AM
I wonder what causes the phobia of escalators. I can understand elevators. I don't like escalators since I now have walking problems. It is the step off that scares me, but I do OK, I guess. There must have been something in your past that causes that fear. Maybe not an escalator itself, but something that you carry to one. Sorry. I am not a psychologist, so my rantings mean nothing.

Sandy Navas
August 22nd, 2012, 01:04 PM
For me it's two things - bridges and tree frogs - and I know both won't hurt me and I know why they bother me. My ex stopped on a dilapidated old wooden bridge one time and I just knew it was going to cave in on us . . . you should see me if I'm in a big city with multi-level bridges. Tree frogs? When I was about 4 years old I was staying with one of my aunts while Mom went to town shopping. I was playing with a tree frog and my aunt told me to throw it down because it was poison. One of the reasons I have an ex is because he insisted on throwing them at me to hear me get hysterical.

August 23rd, 2012, 02:55 AM
I think my phobia of escalators has to do with the fact that I've fell down a set of stairs in high school. It was outside, I was wearing knee boots and a skirt, the wind came up and I couldn't see where my foot was going and down I went. I think the only thing that saved me from breaking my ankle was the fact that I was wearing boots...lace up boots at that!! Since then I've had a lot of problems going down stairs. I'm always afraid that my foot will miss the step below. And, as far as escalators go, I always think they're going to fast!! Yes, I have issues!! Or as my BF would say, I have "tissues!"

Pam in Vegas

August 23rd, 2012, 03:57 AM
I have fears too. Bees and Thunder Storms! I'm terrified of a tornado dropping out of a bad storm. And we only get little tornados once in a while. I got stung when I was 4 yrs. old and too this day I swear that bumble bee was the size of a tennis ball. LOL It trapped me in the ....ready for this.....in the outhouse! That's right we lived on a farm with an outhouse.LOL I was afraid to leave it cause I was sure it was waiting to sting me again. No one could hear me screaming and I was sure the bee was coming back to get me. As for the storms, I was a latch key kid. I was home alone and we had a storm that was really violent. I was scared to death. I was about 7 or 8 then. I was so grateful when my parents got home. So, even though I know why, it doesn't matter. I try and stay calm now because I don't want to scare the dog and my birds, but inside my heart is racing, and I'm scared. I used to make the kids go the basement when it stormed. The bees? I just run like hell! I am so bad about bees that when my son was a baby asleep in his carrier, at a picnic, and we got a hive attacking us, I panicked and ran to the car and locked the doors. That's right, I left the baby on the table in his carrier! I didn't even remember leaving the table. Joe calmly picked up the baby and said, Honey, unlock the door and take the baby. He was kind to me but everyone else ragged on me so bad, for leaving my kid in a swarm. I never went back to that park, and I avoided those people for a very long time. Joe tried to explain to them, that I had this overwhelming fear of bees but they laughed and said "Yea and she's a bad Mother too"! I was so mortified by what I had done. I still can't believe I left my kid. I can go into a burning building, belly crawl under a 440 line hanging near the ground to help someone in a car wreck, I have even belly crawled into a house that collapsed to get to the guy that was hurt. Without my gear on because it was such a tight space my gear wouldn't fit. But, do not let a swarm, or even a few bees come around, I panic big time. Oh well, fears are fears, I just live with mine. If I see a bee,wasp, yellow jacket, or hornet in my path, I leave until he goes away. Yours in fear, Jan L.

August 23rd, 2012, 06:51 AM
HEIGHT"S....I have seen the inside of the attic but I have'nt been inside the attic. And it is only because I calmed myself down and I had a lady standing beside me saying "are you ok?" repeatedly that I'm not still standing at the top of a staircase in a old hardware store in Cuero, Texas. When I was going up my little voice was saying "you realize you have to go back down" but I kept going. When I was ready to go back down I froze at the top... that has to be the longest staircase I have seen. I took a death grip on the rail and took it one step at a time ......slowly.

August 23rd, 2012, 08:27 AM
Escalators - don't like stepping on, but I'm fine after that
Elevators - don't like the ones with glass walls (see next item)
High places - don't like them, I get the same feeling that Rebecca gets when I look over the edge and sometimes I get light-headed
Long Bridges over water - same as high places
Snakes - scared crazy of them!

If we didn't have something that bothered us, I don't think we'd be human.

August 23rd, 2012, 10:38 AM
Pam, I feel your fear especially of the down escalators. I did survive those extra long ones in the London underground that Rebecca mentioned but using them put a big cloud over my otherwise very happy trips to London.

Claire Hallman
August 23rd, 2012, 01:02 PM
Escalators - don't like stepping on, but I'm fine after that
Elevators - don't like the ones with glass walls (see next item)
High places - don't like them, I get the same feeling that Rebecca gets when I look over the edge and sometimes I get light-headed
Long Bridges over water - same as high places
Snakes - scared crazy of them!

If we didn't have something that bothered us, I don't think we'd be human.

You and I have the same phobias. The escalators thing is because you are stepping off into space, it is natural to not want to step where there is something moving under your feet. It is a leap of faith.:lol:

The escalators into the tube in Wash DC are like that and people run up and down them, crazily hurried.

Granny Judy
August 23rd, 2012, 04:35 PM
I hate the sensation of stepping onto a "moving" object.. let alone an escalator.. I almost fell a few times with the going down. In my younger days I was fearless and climbed trees, roofs and ran up & down those moving steps. Age has a way of slowing one down. I'll take the stairs or elevator before attempting those darn MOVING STAIRS..

August 23rd, 2012, 07:22 PM
I'm terrified of coming down off things....ladders, roofs, plane landings,etc. A few years ago our fire department had to come and get me down from a tree stand where I was hunting. It was funny for them, but not for me.