Fear of Somebody / Something Coming After Me

by Maggie

For as long as I can remember I have been afraid of something trying to get me. That 'something' changes when my environment changes. For example, when I'm in a swimming pool, I think that a shark is coming to get me. It doesn't matter if I can see the bottom of the pool, I become absolutely terrified. When I'm in the shower, I constantly check to make sure somebody isn't trying to get in the bathroom to kill me, like in Alfred Hitchcock's movie Psycho. When I was nine and had a bunkbed, I would always sleep on top. Unfortunately if I woke up and had to go to the bathroom or get a drink of water, I couldn't force myself to climb down the ladder. I thought a velociraptor was going to get me. My mind likes to play tricks on me if I wake up in the middle of the night. Just yesterday night I woke up after a horrible nightmare of somebody trying to murder me in my house. When I woke up, I thought my dad was standing over me. I blinked a couple of times and knew it wasn't my dad but the murderer. In reality of course, it was just the door in the dark. But my mind kept warping it and even though I knew it was a door I was scared senseless.

So yeah, that's basically my phobia. I have an acute fear of somebody/something trying to hurt/kill me.

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