Extreme Fear of Water Towers

by Taylor
(Tallahassee, FL)

I have searched and have not been able to find the name for my fear of water towers phobia. I am extremely afraid of tall, large, looming structures-particularly water towers, though radio towers and even telephone poles are awful as well. I'm not even afraid of them falling on me or anything like that, I just feel nauseous like I have to throw up and really dizzy. I'm only 15, so nobody takes it seriously and people driving cars like to purposely stop or drive close to it because it's funny to them. I have to cover my eyes and pretend it's not there in order not to throw up or pass out. I don't even know what I'll do when I start driving on my own. I've never heard of anybody with my same fear and I feel so alone (not to mention crazy). I feel like it's just getting worse and worse and now I can't even look at a picture or imagine a water tower in my mind without feeling terrified.
I feel like I know where this fear of water towers originated from, although it is strange. When I was around five years old I watched the movie "Iron Giant". At the point where the giant's head is towering over the treetops as he looks at the little boy I went crazy. That was the most terrifying thing I had ever watched. Even now, watching it gives me the same feeling I get around water towers.

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