I actually cried when I found this thread because I have had all of the same exact fears ever since I can remember and could never find anything on the internet about it. The floor vibrating from loud music or people jumping will give me a panic attack and I freak out about how the floor can hold that much weight. When I was younger a big one for me would be packing my car for a beach week; we would stuff the car with things in our trunk and I would panic over thinking the car can't handle that much weight in the trunk. Or how parking garages can withstand the weight of that many cars. Or if too many people are standing on one side of the room its gonna break through. I could actually go on for hours with examples and I thought I was crazy! I am 20 now and I went to therapy for it in middle school and I don't get it nearly as much but I will have a panic attack every once in awhile and always have to remove myself from the situation to calm down. One thing that really helped me was my therapist would have me write in my notes positive thoughts to go to when I'm having a panic attack. Some of them that truly helped me was "This is a temporary feeling and it will pass" "Not all thoughts are true" and those have always been my "go to" that I will say to myself! Also distraction and being focused on something else would help me a lot so I try to start meaningful conversations with people and it helps my mind think about something else! So glad I found this thread I have finally seen all my thoughts written out and its comforting to know people can relate to me!
i am amazed to read all this!!
i have this since i was 5 or so. i'm now 34. had always thought theres something wrong with me. well, i guess there is, but at least i'm not alone... the calculations of weights, the fear of the water in the bath, all so familiar...
i have it especially when the weight is in the middle of the room and not next to a wall. and when it's windy outside - the fear grows harder.
how can people think of the floor as ground??
be strong, dear friends! : )
Omg there are heaps of us out there, I am surprised and selfishly greatful as I have always thought I was alone I dont ever remember a specific incident that may have given my phobia but as far back as I remember I have had a fear of unsafe structures or any structure at all being feeling unsafe in my mind off overcrowding I feel like buildings are not equiped the floor will colapse the walls will colapse all these things racing in my mind and growing and growing and people not understanding that there behaviour wether it being just walkinf to an act of dancing and making the walls vibrate is one of tbe most irritating things ever for me to the point of a full blown panick attack, izoloft has helped but if i have neglecyed my health eg not slept enough etc then it can still bother me but not as extreme, but I still dont know if thete is a name for it????
I seriously also cried a little reading these replies. The relief I feel is overwhelming just knowing others out there are like me. Everyone around me makes me feel like, its just me. And most of the time I am unsure of how to explain what I feel. Its not normal to them, so they dont understand. This affects me everyday. Even my work sometimes when I have to go to the second floor. We are looking to buy a house and I CONSTANTLY worry about having a tub on the second floor. Or having a basement. I just dont know what to do. I pretend to be like everyone else most of the day but sometimes the panic gets the best of me and I crash. This is the first time I decided to research it and I am so glad I did. I plan to keep looking into it and hopefully find something that can help. Good luck everyone.
I just cried tears to read that others share the exact phobia! It's a relief to know I'm not the only one. Calculating furniture and weight of groceries. The fridge and weight of water in the tub freaks me out. I had this as a child then was finally put on Zoloft. It helped but then I developed (unrelated) fibromyalgia and was switched to cymbalta. I recent went off my meds as I was trying to conceive . I just found out that I'm pregnant. It's going to be a long nine months as the anxiety just started to come back. It's not more frequent and sticking around longer. Someone mentioned aromatherapy. What sents might help? What are some other non medical things you all do to make the anxiety attack go away? I try to take my mind off it but you all know it turns into a snowball once it starts.
Phobia fear of floor collapse. That a new one for me.
I just bought a house on a crawlspace despite my wishes to be on a slab. It was affordable and really nice. Now I won’t take a bath, Im scared in the shower, I tell my husband not to jump or bang anything on the floors. I feel like my bed is going to collapse. Every creak in the hardwood flooring makes my gut sink. It’s getting out of hand. :(
For me, it really puts a limit on things I can do. Because of it, I can’t go on a boat, go to a concert, go in a swimming pool, can’t go on a trampoline or even go to an indoor rock climbing gym without feeling like the floor and walls will collapse in on themselves while technically, I can do it if I have to but I get all nervous s as d can’t even enjoy what’s going on around me. Another thing that I can’t do is take a shower at night. Doesn’t happen during the day though, which I find weird. And just recently, I felt rather than imagined the floor caving in on itself and I could feel the walls sloping downwards. The feeling it is for me is the floor caving in and I fall into the earths core and burn to death. My hometown is a great example of this. If you’ve ever been to or live in Regina, Saskatchewan, you might notice they have these really tall buildings. That’s part of it too. At this point, I’m willing to go as far as getting it hypnotized out of me because I know that my boyfriend wants to go to a Coldplay concert with me and because of my fear, that seems like a high impossibility.
I have a fear of collapsing roofs. It started when my dad showed me a collapsed roof to warn me not to ignore leaks when i have to mantian my own home. It backfired and made me fear collapsing roofs, being scared i was under it when it happened and getting stuck slowly dying with no way to call for help. if you also have this fear please contact me.
I can't believe there are others who suffer from this same thing. The fear is terrible. Not wanting to bring a lot of groceries in the house and definitely not loading down the fridge, having too many people in the house, floors creaking, putting dishes away in the cupboards, feeling the floor move if someone walks past me and on and on. Just looking at the heavy pieces of furniture in my home sets my anxiety on high! I can be at work and if I lift a heavy box, it immediately makes me think of if I bring one more heavy thing in the house, that may be it.... I go in the basement and examine the structures that I can visibly see like the joists and beams... I try to watch videos online how houses are constructed so that I can get some sense of contradiction to these horrible thoughts, but it does not help. I need help before I drive myself crazy.
I have been experiencing the same exact thing for very long now. I thought it was only me who had this weird fear of jumping in my apartment (in 11th floor). I get scared even when my parents move furniture at home.
Today I randomly googled it to see if this thing even exists or not. I hope we will find a name of it soon!
I’m another one like so many of the responses above, who has had this phobia my whole life without knowing a name or cure. Not Inviting people over, not taking baths, keeping the fridge fairly empty, not standing next to the washing machine when it’s running, keeping furniture to the edges of the rooms, walking lightly on my toes to avoid thudding floor boards. I can’t even stand next to my wife without my mind racing over the weight of two people concentrated on the weight of one wooden beam. I’ve read and researched structural engineering and architecture books in the hope of finding reassurance. But, just like planes ‘can’ crash and spiders ‘do’ exist, floors can collapse and do have max capacities. So maybe it’s about weighing the fear of an event occurring against the possibility of it not. To note, all the structural texts state ‘live loads’ (people, furniture etc) are made to withstand well over the expected capacity. In places where extra weight is expected (bath tubs, kitchens) then extra support is added. But as it’s hard to gain a definitive answer, all buildings not being created equally, this knowledge only helps a little!
I literally feel the exact same way, and I hate living with this fear. I seriously thought I was the only one
Batophobia (from Greek batos, meaning passable) is the fear of being in or close to tall buildings. The fear is often caused by being up in a tall building and looked down from above and found themselves suddenly frozen and extremely scared that he or she might fall down and die.
I’ve googled this a million times as I feel so alone with this fear. But I’ve never found an answer let alone people that have the same thing going on! I recently discovered CBD oil. I’ve always refused to take anything for my anxiety and irrational fear triggered panic attacks. CBD has changed my life. I apply under the tongue and wait until it burns a little bit then I swish with water and swallow. I often think the things on the earth are too heavy for it. Or buildings are not strong enough to support all the furniture. I tend to have this fear as I am drifting off to sleep (especially when it’s not on the ground floor) and it is absolutely crippling. I have felt helpless about this issue my whole life and I am so happy to know I am not alone. CBD does not alter your mind or body in any way. (I am not a marijuana user, and was terrified to try CBD as I thought I would get high from it.) I feel it starting to help around 5 minutes after taking it. It feels like a hug from Jesus as I feel my anxiety melt away and the bricks on my chest are lifted. I hope this can help even just one of you guys!
I have the same phobia, have done since I was a kid and now in my fifties. I have searched and searched for a name for this, and I also thought I was all alone, I have never seen anyone else describe my fears until I found this thread today. It has made a huge negative impact on my life, and I haven't been able to share it with anyone because on the odd occasion that I have tried to open up people have not taken me seriously. I try so hard not to think about structure collapse, but whenever I read the rare stories of structures or buildings collapsing in the news it just seems to confirm my fears.
Here’s a different kind of explanation for phobias that are otherwise inexplicable: past-life memory when you died from the very thing you are phobic about. I have a strong fear of fire. It doesn’t take long for me to “remember” being burned alive when waking up to a house in flames. For those of you who are willing to explore this possibility a little further, just allow for it to exist, and see what kind of memories might arise. It’s pretty freeing to put the phobia “back where it belongs.” The fear is still there for sure, but now it makes sense, and that in and of itself is healing.
My friend has the same phobia.
A phobia is a type of anxiety disorder,Phobias can be divided into specific phobias, social phobia, and agoraphobia like Specific phobia may be further subdivided into four categories: animal type, natural environment type, situational type, blood-injection-injury type, Social phobia, also known as social anxiety disorder, is when the situation is feared as the person is worried about others judging them and agoraphobia is a type of anxiety disorder in which you fear and avoid places or situations that might cause you to panic and make you feel trapped, helpless or embarrassed.
It also gets really bad for me when I think about people dancing or at the gym on a floor which isn’t the ground, like the thought of dropping weights like weightlifters do, also the vibration of the floor when people are jumping or dancing. I have a lot of the triggers mentioned above too. Anyone else have these?
OMG, I’ve been searching high and low on the internet to find more about this.. I have this too and it’s got to be the worst it’s ever been... everyone also thinks I’m crazy, I can’t explain it there is no way to easily describe it, but all of the above really has confirmed a lot for me, we need to find out more about this... if anyone finds out please let us know. I feel a bit of relief knowing I’m not the only one.
I don’t have a answer but I also have this I’m only 14 and I don’t know what caused it but I really don’t like it when the washer or dryer are going and I sleep on the top floor as well so sometimes when I try to sleep all I think about is how heavy my bed is.
I don't have an answer because I'm looking for the same answer as well.
I have had this fear for as long as I can remember. The only place I feel even somewhat safe is on the top floor of my house in my room, but even then it takes about 15-20 mins before my panic attack finally calms down. It is worst in a car especially when the radio is on very loud. If I can’t see the road I start hyperventilating especially when we hit a pothole in the ground or go over a crack or bump. When I was in elementary school the gym was on the second floor with the cafeteria underneath. I was always terrified that the weight of people running, basketballs, and other things would make the floor collapse. I lived near a sinkhole growing up and I was always terrified that a sinkhole would just randomly appear. I can look at a building or a tree and see it collapse as well as looking at cracks in the road and sidewalks. I wish I knew what this phobia is so I could try and help myself overcome it. I’m just glad that I am not alone with this fear and just going crazy. Whenever I try to explain it to somebody they never understand and say “i’ve watched too many crazy movies” Nobody ever understands it. If I am honest I don’t understand it either. I just wish there was a way to cope with the panic attacks when everything I see is falling apart in front of me in my mind. My mom used to tell me to close my eyes and take deep breaths which was when I started waking up in the night with nightmares about my ceiling fan falling on me and my bed falling through the floor. I just want this fear to go away