(Roanoke, VA, USA)
I'm 15 years old, and for 10 years now, I've been afraid of open spaced. My friends call it 'Reverse-Claustrophobia' which I guess it is technically. The closest thing I've ever found about this is Agoraphobia which also means 'the fear of leaving the house'.
I live in a mountainous place, that has many trees. I've never minded being cramped into tiny little places, actually I prefer it. But just imagine, you're running from something, running for your life, in a forest area. When suddenly you come across and empty clearing. If you go into the clearing, who or whatever is chasing you will see you, right away. You can't zig-zag and dodge around things, and if they have a gun? You'd be shot down immediately.
In public, if I'm in a big open place, I'm MUCH happier in a crowd of people, hidden, not standing out, than by myself.
I don't know why I have this fear, and it often times impedes with my daily life, when I'm too afraid to go into the hallways at school during class to PEE.
Personally I think this fear developed from watching too many horror movies and action shows, but I'd really like to know how to get over it...