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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

Dr. Carol Van der Harst
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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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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

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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How does claustrophobia first develop?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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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

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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Is there a difference between claustrophobia and just generally anxious?

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
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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

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I know what claustrophobia is, but how can you tell when you suffer from it?

If you get really: Nervous/ anxious when in closed spaces or in a crowd, you may have it. Why not make an appointment with a psychiatrist in your area to help you figure this out? ...Read more

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I have a strange feeling of claustrophobia in my own body. What is this caused by?

I have a strange feeling of claustrophobia in my own body. What is this caused by?

You: Are not the only one. There are millions and nobody knows for sure.

It may be useful to visit a board certified psychiatrist. ...Read more

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I have claustrophobia. If I am up on a mountain top, am I likely to have a problem?

It depends: On how narrow the mountain top is! : (you wouldn't wanna feel closed in, with no ability to escape... That can happen in hiking, in certain landscapes... ...Read more

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Could one recover from claustrophobia if you stay stuck in a small place long enough?

If you could: Stay calm in a small space, yes. If your anxiety kicks in, no. You can overcome the phobia with progressive desensitization. Contact a psychologist who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy. They can help you. ...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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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Claustrophobia (Definition)

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