Doctor insights on: Claustrophobia linked to obesity

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Is there any way to cure my claustrophobia?

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

Dr. Quang Nguyen
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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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Can Effexor (venlafaxine) lead to claustrophobia?

Can Effexor (venlafaxine) lead to claustrophobia?

Short term: Serotonin antidepressants are effective in treating many forms of anxiety, however these medications (perhaps venlafaxine (effexor) and duloxetine (cymbalta) in particular) are associated with temporary increases in anxiety while your brain adapts to the medications. ...Read more

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How can I overcome claustrophobia? I don't ride lifts/elevators and I hate when there's little space to move around.

How can I overcome claustrophobia? I don't ride lifts/elevators and I hate when there's little space to move around.

Therapy: There are many forms of therapy that can help anxiety disorders, including phobias. For phobias, the prime form of therapy is exposure therapy with cbt (cognitive behavioral therapy). Cbt can teach you the thoughts and feelings that drive your anxiety and it teaches you coping skills to overcome those feelings. Exposure therapy then is used to practice what you learned. ...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?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I get over claustrophobia?

How can I get over 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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How can I overcome claustrophobia?

How can I overcome claustrophobia?

Consider hypnosis: Consider hypnosis and or progressive desensitization to overcome your phobia. Both techniques can cure you of the phobia. Find a psychologist who can teach you these simple interventions. Sometimes additional psychotherapy may be needed if the phobia is connected to a traumatic event. Let us know how you do! ...Read more

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How does one overcome claustrophobia?

Phobias: Cognitive behavior therapy with a trained counselor/therapist can help. Also behavior modification using exposure-response prevention-desensitization technique is helpful. Meditation & imagery work is also of help. Discuss all such options with the therapist. ...Read more

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How can you avoid claustrophobia when snorkeling?

Practice!: It may sound odd, but the more you do something that makes you anxious the less it will make you anxious. If you work with a therapist to develop some coping strategies for managing your anxiety while underwater, then snorkel frequently while practicing these, your claustrophobia will slowly disappear. ...Read more

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Do people affected by claustrophobia panic when being hugged?

Yes, it is possible: As they may feel closed in or trapped. This may respond well to cognitive behavioral therapy. Take care. ...Read more

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How can I have an MRI scan with claustrophobia?

How can I have an MRI scan with claustrophobia?

Ask your provider: While open MRI can be an option, the magnet is much weaker than closed mri. This means the picture quality is not as good, like the difference between an inexpensive camera and a professional one. For some areas of the body, the open is okay. For others (spine in my practice) the higher quality is critical. Sedation can be used to deal with claustrophobia. Your provider can guide you. ...Read more

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Is claustrophobia due to fear of air stopped circulating?

Is claustrophobia due to fear of air stopped circulating?

Enclosed Spaces: Claustrophobia is an abnormal tendency to feel terror in small spaces. It is often classified as an anxiety disorder and can result in panic attacks. It can occur in a wide variety of settings such as a crowded elevator, a room without windows, and even with tight-necked clothing. One study estimates that a 5-7% of the world population is affected by severe claustrophobia. There is treatment. ...Read more

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I was wondering how I could have an MRI scan with severe claustrophobia?

I was wondering how I could have an MRI scan with severe claustrophobia?

"Open" MRI: Systems help some patients because they don't feel so enclosed. Your doctor can prescribe an anxiety medicine like valium on the day of your exam. If you take it make sure someone else is driving that day. ...Read more

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Claustrophobia (Definition)

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