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Doctor insights on: Tests For Claustrophobia

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Claustrophobia (Definition)

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

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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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