Doctor insights on: Claustrophobia linked to obesity
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Fear of closed space: Overwhelmig fear of being in an enclosed area or situation where one feels unable to escape. ...Read more
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
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
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
Yes, it is possible: As they may feel closed in or trapped. This may respond well to cognitive behavioral therapy. Take care. ...Read more
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
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