“High bridges, new places, or old elevators
may make us a bit uneasy or even frightened.”
That’s the first sentence on the Anxiety and Depression Association of America’s Specific Phobias webpage.
Not to judge (ok just a little judging) the ADAA’s choice of words, but a “high bridge” scares the bejesus out of me. I’m not “a bit uneasy or frightened”; I feel like a current of electricity is lighting me up and believe the world (my world) may end.
I understand and appreciate the Association’ softer word choice; I’m sure they don’t want visitors to their site to experience more anxiety than they may already.
But I do believe that someone who hasn’t experienced a fear of crossing bridges or even another fear like heights or elevators or snakes may not know what it really feels like in my body.