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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
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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