Are you having some intense fear of being trapped or confined in small spaces?

And the fear normally lasts for quite some time and eventually causing you not to have enough oxygen to breath in?

Well beware as you might already be having Claustrophobia which is a fear of enclosed spaces.

Normally, an individual with Claustrophobia experiences unusual, severe anxiety that last for some time. He or she also experiences trouble in breathing, feelings of panic and at times even a total panic attack.

Symptoms of Claustrophobia

A claustrophobic person when in an enclosed space or the like, normally experience some symptoms like the ones below.

General Symptoms

  • Sweating
  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Hyperventilation
  • Shaking
  • Fear of actual harm or illness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Fainting

Specific Symptoms

  • Panic particularly when checking for the exits or seeing the doors shut, when inside a room.
  • Avoidance to instances when traffic is known to be horrible, when inside a vehicle.
  • Preferring to take the stairs rather than the lift, when actually inside a building.
  • Standing near the door in a crowded room though the room is spacious, when at a party.

Possible Treatments for Claustrophobia

If you are actually experiencing some of the symptoms aforementioned, then you most probably really having a Claustrophobia.

A life with such disorder is indeed a miserable one and so it is significant that you take some measures to have a treatment for it. Normally, treatment for phobias including claustrophobia may include:

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy or CBT where in the person with phobia like claustrophobia is encouraged to confront and change the specific thoughts and attitudes that leads to his or her feelings of fear.
  • Systematic Desensitization where in the person will be taught how to use specific relaxation and visualization techniques. This therapy is one of the most effective treatments of today because of its slow, step-by-step processes and techniques as well as its mental relaxing procedures.
  • Pharmacological Medications like tranquillizers and antidepressants. Basically, these are drugs that may be used to treat, suppress or alleviate the physical symptoms of claustrophobia, such as a pounding heart or nausea.
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