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Fear of crowds, claustrophobia at rock concert treatment ideas?
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Dr. Daniel Schainholz
Ophthalmology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Hang back
Practically every rock concert has an area to chill out, away from the stage and the pushy concert-goers, but within earshot of the music.
If you are not afraid of heights, try the last row of seats in the balcony, near an exit and usually pretty open. Avoid drinking or getting high, since a loss of control might precipitate anxiety. Chill out, enjoy the music and leave before/during the encore.

In brief: Hang back
Practically every rock concert has an area to chill out, away from the stage and the pushy concert-goers, but within earshot of the music.
If you are not afraid of heights, try the last row of seats in the balcony, near an exit and usually pretty open. Avoid drinking or getting high, since a loss of control might precipitate anxiety. Chill out, enjoy the music and leave before/during the encore.
Dr. Daniel Schainholz
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
These ideas may be helpful in the moment, but they sound more like situational coping than they do treatment of the problem (claustrophobia, fear of crowds). To me it sounded like this person was asking for thoughts on treatment -- what if s/he does want to hear the encore? :-)
Dr. Daniel Schainholz
If he/she wants to hear the encore, he/she is at risk of getting caught in the rush to exit the building. Alternatively he/she can wait until the crowd has thinned to exit the building. These are situational coping skills, for the occasional concert-goer.
Dr. Grace Ho
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Treatment ideas
Learn and practice coping skills first, then gradually expose to the fear situation.
For example, starting with a smaller crowds, brief period of time, and gradually increase to bigger crowds, longer period of time.

In brief: Treatment ideas
Learn and practice coping skills first, then gradually expose to the fear situation.
For example, starting with a smaller crowds, brief period of time, and gradually increase to bigger crowds, longer period of time.
Dr. Grace Ho
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