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A 34-year-old member asked:

can you tell me about suffering from claustrophobia?

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Dr. Marcie Berman
Clinical Psychology 39 years experience
It feels horrible: Depending on the nature and severity of your symptoms, you have several options which work best in combination. It you are not medicated or if your meds are not working, follow up on this.. You can be helped. The next and equally important step is to find a behavioral therapist. While CBT can help, systematic sensitization is another option. If trauma related, EMDR could also help.
Dr. Howard Gurr
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Claustrophobia: According to studies around 6% of the world experience claustrophobia - that is a lot of people! Generally, if untreated the condition does not improve. I suggest you locate a mental health professional who has experience with this disorder. If you live near a large university or teaching hospital they may have anxiety clinics. Systematic Desensitization is the technique that seems to work well.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Can claustrophobia be turned off?

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Dr. Missid Ghanem
Clinical Psychology 25 years experience
YES!: Treatment for claustrophobia can be very successful... It usually involves psychotherapy & medication.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How can I help my claustrophobia using meds?

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Dr. Mary Efremov
Internal Medicine 43 years experience
Behavior therapy: This is a phobia and cognitive therapy with antianxiety medicines can help. It is done by many psychiatrists. Sometimes antidepressants are used as well for this condition.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How can someone with claustrophobia cope with having roommates in a studio?

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Dr. Missid Ghanem
Clinical Psychology 25 years experience
Theapy & EFT: Living in a studio with a roommate would not be the living arrangement of choice for a claustrophobic; however, finding urself in such a predicament may be what will get u to finally get help. Psychotherapy is very promising, so is eft. Check them out... Resolving ur claustrophobia will likely free u in unexpected ways! be ready for a whole new way of experiencing ur aliveness! fear-free!
A 31-year-old member asked:

I have claustrophobia. If I am up on a mountain top, am I likely to have a problem?

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Dr. Missid Ghanem
Clinical Psychology 25 years experience
It depends: On how narrow the mountain top is! :( you wouldn't wanna feel closed in, with no ability to escape... That can happen in hiking, in certain landscapes...
A 34-year-old member asked:

I know what claustrophobia is, but how can you tell when you suffer from it?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 36 years experience
If you get really: Nervous/ anxious when in closed spaces or in a crowd, you may have it. Why not make an appointment with a psychiatrist in your area to help you figure this out?

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