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Scared of tall buildings, increased heart beat, scared of airplanes taking off. Phobia or anxiety?

Is this a phobia or anxiety or a mixture, should i see someone for professional help? We just recently in class learned a little bit about 9/11, and we saw a video of when the planes crashed into the buildings, and people calling from the world trade centers, one guy called, and just as he was talking to the operator he screamed, and the line went dead (which was when the building collapsed) I was 7 when 9/11 occurred, and so I knew something really terrible happened, but I did not fully understand at the time, and now with watching these videos recently I feel like a phobia has formed I don t want to be anywhere near tall buildings or planes, I see either one and I just start freaking out, and I start to cry, and my heart just beats rapidly. We live near a major airport, and now when I see planes I just freak out and think that they are going to crash into a building or something, and that is scary. Things that I used to enjoy which was watching airplanes take off I can t even do anymore because my nerves are just so bad. I feel like I am paranoid and on the verge of a breakdown. I just hate living scared, and not being able to do the things that I love to do because this fear is getting the best of me, it s like at this point I just feel like any terrorist is going to try the same thing, god forbid and I feel like I am losing it and it is freaking me out, I just do not know what to do, I have never, and I do mean NEVER been so scared in all of my life, and just the fact that they are completing a new world trade center, and our government has just killed Osama Bin Laden it just makes my fear that much more real, I just feel that it is a mistake to build a new one after everything that has happened, and that could happen. I am not trying to be a negative Nancy , but I can t help but feel after all of that, and them (Al Queda) succeeding in killing well over 2,000 American citizens that it is definitely not over and what they now have planned, and they really know what to do, how to do it, and to inflict even more damage, and despair. I know that there will always be terrorists..... but I just feel like the worst is yet to come, and I just feel like I am just losing it my nerves are just so bad that I can t even think straight or focus on school, or just life for that matter. And that man who called from the world trade center...... I can t get his fear, his scream out of my head, I hear it everyday, and everyday it destroys me more and more, and I am scared that I have a serious phobia on my hands, if anyone can help that would be great, and sorry for my ranting but it feels good to let someone know what I am feeling. -Tatyanna
Asked On : Wed, 23 May 2012
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According to the information given by you is suggestive of specific phobia,still it has to be conformed.And the anxiety you are worrying is the response to the phobic stimulus.As the problem is severely interrupting your daily activities and schooling ,I advice you to consult a psychiatrist for further evaluation and management.
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