Is it normal for people with anxiety and panic attacks be afraid of trains?
Last Updated: 07/19/2016 at 7:26pm
Shawn Wilson, LCSW
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The fear of enclosed or croweded spaces is normal for people with anxiety, and trains can get very cramped during rush hour. This closeness can definitely trigger anxiety. As well as this, if the train is underground, the enclosed atmosphere can contribute to the feeling of claustrophobia. I don't think it's the train itself that causes fear for anxious individuals, but rather the feeling of being trapped inside a crowded container moving at such a high speed that escape is impossible. Anybody would feel anxious in a situation like that!
There is no such thing as normal. "Normal" is just a word people use to compare themselves to others. Your experience is your own. Trust it. If you fear trains, and you are not okay with that, it doesn't matter if it's normal or not. What matters is addressing your feelings and fears. Regardless of what you fear, do not fear yourself.
People with anxiety and panic attacks can be fearful of many things. Everyone that have these conditions are triggered fearfully of different things. I for example fear any noise above talking levels and am terrified of darkness.
People with anxiety and panic attacks are often afraid of trains or buses, because they are closed and may be full of people. This can easily lead to a panic attack, above all if you suffer of social anxiety. So, it's totally normal...I understand you. However, this fear can be overcome.
Sure. Not everyone is afraid of trains, but it's a fear people may have. I'm afraid of cars personally. I'm scared we are going to get in a car crash :(
Yes, having anxiety and being prone to panic attacks might cause you to be afraid of public transportation in general, especially trains/planes where you might be unsure about what to do if you get a panic attack where there's no stop. What's important to remember is that it's not the end of the world if you indeed do have a panic attack or get close to it. By this day and age it's no longer something taboo or embarrassing, people have seen it before and you will get through it just fine; and the more you travel by whichever scares you, and get confirmed you're fine by the end of your travels, the less afraid you'll be.
Of course it's normal- it's a part of who they are and no one should be afraid of who they are. With the right help, people can get professional care to reduce their anxiety if trains
It depends on what the anxiety and panic attacks are triggered by, but yes it could be normal. Trains are very fast, loud, and can be extremely dangerous. Those, and others, are things that could cause someone anxiety.
Yes. It doesn't matter if you have anxiety or panic attacks to be afraid of certain things! You can be fearful of things no matter what
Different people have different anxieties. A train may be a common place of anxiety because of the confined space and the movement of the train, as well as the people.
In a way it is normal for people's with anxiety to be afraid of trains. Just like any other form of transport that we think of as dangerous or a treat to our safety such as flying for example.
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