I've had lift phobia for a long time. I was able to make some progress on this over the last few years and it's not really been an issue so much. So much so that I've been able to use lifts. I'll still avoid lifts that go up very high out of fear of it crashing and being stuck on the top of something without being able to get done (shame really, I would have loved to be able to go up the Atomnium in Brussels last week), but otherwise, very few issues.
Until this morning. When I went to take the lift up to work, and the fire alarm went off whilst I was inside the lift, with it travelling.
Apparently this means the lift just stops entirely wherever it is, refuses to do anything no matter how many buttons you press (even the alarm button) and it just repeats "Lift out of action due to a fire alarm" over and over. Yes, it's due to a safety measure (dont use lifts during a fire.) Bit late if already in the lift. I thought I was going to burn to death.
Fire alarm eventually stops, lift goes down back to the bottom floor and let's me out. Unsurprisingly, I decided to take the stairs up to work after that. It feels at the moment like all progress I made with dealing with this phobia has gone out of the window, and I've been stuck panicked for the entirety of the morning. Turns out it was just a fire alarm test, which I saw an email amount as soon I got up to my desk (I was late into work so didn't see it, that's another, unrelated story I'm not going into). I've spoken with the building manager who's agreed that lift shouldn't seal you in during a fire alarm, and who's going to contact the lift company over this. But I'm having problems calming down at all.
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