it's annoying when people say they had a phobia, like, "I'm claustrophobic!" There is a difference between being uncomfortable and having a slight change in breathing, compared to believing you will suffocate and die at any moment. It's kind of degrading to those who actually have phobias, amirite?

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there are also different degrees of phobias, sometimes it's completely debilitating and other times the person may just feel ridiculously uncomfortable when forced into that situation.

phobia pho·bi·a (fō'bē-ə)

A persistent, abnormal, or irrational fear of a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid the feared stimulus.

A strong fear, dislike, or aversion.

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Totally agree. If someone wraps a blanket around my head and doesn't let go, it feels like every breath I'm taking is the last, it's horrible.

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Well you can have a degree of a phobia but not the full blown thing, saying maybe 'Im a little claustrophobic' would should that you arent comfortable which could be important in some situations.

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My friend says she's a complete "germaphobe" just because she doesn't want to get dirty. If she had a phobia that serious then she would constantly washing her hands, wary of touching anything like door handles and cleaning everything...she does none of the above.

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I hate it when people do that! My friend says she has a fear of elevators, but she uses them INSTEAD of the stairs! It's even worse when people try to comfort you by PRETENDING to have a phobia. It makes me feel like I'm the only person in the world dealing with this.

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