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Can claustrophobia be turned off?

Can claustrophobia be turned off?

CBT: It can be treated, but not likely turned off. Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable. ...Read more

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Claustrophobia (Definition)

Overwhelmig fear of being in an enclosed area or situation where one ...Read more


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What is claustrophobia?

What is claustrophobia?

Specific phobia: Specific phobias. A phobia is an overwhelming and unreasonable fear of an object or situation that poses little real danger. One type of specific phobia is a fear of enclosed spaces (claustrophobia). ...Read more

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What causes claustrophobia?

What causes claustrophobia?

Being enclosed: Claustraphobia is a fear of being enclosed usually is small places. Classical conditioning theory helps explain. It is likely you had a prior experience of being enclosed in a small place such as a closet, elevator, etc. That elicited an intense fear response. As such, this fear response reoccurs whenever you feel trapped or in any enclosed space. Claustraphobia is usually easily treated. ...Read more

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How does claustrophobia first develop?

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Claustrophobia: Exact cause is unknown but theories are; 1. Classical conditioning from earlier traumatic experiences. 2. Amygdala (structure in brain for fight-flight response) is malfunctioning. 3. Genetic predisposition. ...Read more

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How can I quickly cure claustrophobia?

How can I quickly cure claustrophobia?

Probably the best: Way is with a little help. I encourage you to find a clinical psychologist in your area that does exposure therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy. Take care. ...Read more

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Is there any way to cure my claustrophobia?

Yes: See a cognitive behavioral therapist. They will help you by teaching you how to manage the physical feelings you get in enclosed spaces and teach you how to think in a more accurate, realistic, and helpful way about being in tight spaces. They will also teach you how to use these skills at different phases like just thinking about an enclosed space all the way to being in one. ...Read more

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Is claustrophobia a symptom of regression!?

Phobias: Phobias are persistent fears of objects/situations, & are part of anxiety. Regression is going back to previous state. ...Read more

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How can I help my claustrophobia using meds?

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. ...Read more

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Are there different types of claustrophobia?

Are there different types of claustrophobia?

Claustrophobia: May be inherited (uncommon), be due to an abnormality of / or small amygdala, or be a result of classical conditioning (bad experience). Fear of enclosed spaces or the sensation of being unable to breath may constitute two overlapping clinical types. Fight or fight responses initiated by the amygdala constitutes a current active area of clinical research. Good question! ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of real claustrophobia?

See below: Fear of restriction and fear of suffocation: often, when confined to an area, claustrophobics begin to fear suffocation, believing that there may be a lack of air in the area to which they are confined. This usually results in severe panic attacks. ...Read more

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Could you tell me ways to deal with claustrophobia?

Could you tell me ways to deal with claustrophobia?

CBT: Seek a cognitive-behavioral therapist who specializes in phobias. One method they use is systematic desensitization which slowly and incrementally brings the person closer and closer to the thing they are afraid of in slow, graduated steps that help make the anxiety more tolerable. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about suffering from claustrophobia?

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. ...Read more

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What's the best medicine for treating claustrophobia?

What's the best medicine for treating claustrophobia?

Need evaluation: Claustrophobia may come along with other problems such as panic or generalized anxiety disorder and others. You really need an individual evaluation of your problem so that you get the best treatment. Sometimes it may not be a medication at all. There are effective psychotherapies for isolated phobias, and for more entrenched, complicated ones also. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to know if I have claustrophobia?

Go into a tiny space: If you feel very, very uncomfortable and can barely stand to stay more than a very short time. If you feel intensely miserable, even physically - then you've got it! Some discover it in panic having an mri. It's not uncommon, it can vary in severity and it's not hard to avoid frequent exposure - so some never deal with it. If it's a problem for you, seek cbt therapy. It works! ...Read more

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How effectively do medications work for claustrophobia?

Fair: Medications can relieve the symptoms of claustrophobia, but not the cause. Psychotherapy will help you eliminate or cope with the cause of the problem. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: claustrophobia?

Fear of closed space: Overwhelmig fear of being in an enclosed area or situation where one feels unable to escape. ...Read more

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What to do if I cannot tell if I have claustrophobia or not.?

Talk to a: Mental health professional about your symptoms. They will help you figure out what you are suffering from. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between claustrophobia and just generally anxious?

Anxious: Claustrophobia is fear of closed spaced or entrapment, a specific fear. Generalized anxiety is being anxious & apprehensive with no specific identifiable fearfyl object. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been struggling with claustrophobia what should I do?

Some options: I encourage you to find a therapist in your local area. Cognitive behavioral therapy and exposure therapy can be effective. In the meantime, if you have to be in an enclosed space - deep breathing exercises can help you through it. ...Read more

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

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! ...Read more