I have 3 phobias that somewhat interfear with my life.. -Heights, pretty typical but I get kind of woosy just standing on a chair. walking down steps sometimes I have to hold onto the hand rail. Ironically rollercoasters, riding horses and flying dont bother me. Looking down from a high building (if im not behind a closed window) makes me nearly pass out. -TORNADOS and bad storms. I grew up in Maryland, not exactly tornado alley but we have had a few. One destroyed a wing on my old highschool, one was a few miles away at night but we could hear it (my mom was actually at a friends house in that town and they went to the basement), and the worst experience was at my old riding barn, I just finished working with a horse and was washing him down in the barn. I was a little nervous because of the clouds but tried not to think too much over it. A another girl was in the arena working with her horse and there is a radio that plays in there and she comes BOLTING on her horse up the hill and I knew something was wrong since we are not allowed to gallop horses to the barn (creates a bad habit) and she runs out and throws her $2000 saddle on the ground and says we had a tornado warning and there is a funnel cloud and we had to get all the horses out of the barn now (its apparently safer for them to be outside) so I ran my horse out to the field and sure enough, a disgusting black funnel is hanging there. I helped get the rest of the horses out and it started hailing and then the wind picked up and I started to hyperventilate and nearly fainted. We ran to the nearest house to the barn which is the owners and she wasnt home so we went into the tackroom since its the only area in the barn thats not open. This barn was wooden so we can FEEL the barn lifting. I honestly thought I was going to die. The phobia started long before any of this, I was baby sat by my overparanoid grandmother who made it go into the storm celler when it thundered. I am paranoid to the point I dread summer nights and I freak out when I see threatening clouds. I have nightmares about tornado encounters all the time and for as long as I remember. The funny thing is I love to watch documentaries about tornados. -My most pathetic phobia is LATEX BALLOONS. Seeing one makes me sick to my stomach. I have to leave the room if people are playing with them. I refuse to touch them, I have gotten to the point I can be around them eventhough i dont like it. When people find out I hate them will start squeezing them and chansing me with them and let them fly around the room So I want to hear what some of you are afraid of. Play nice everyone.