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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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Obesity (Definition)

The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...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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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Claustrophobia (Definition)

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