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What to know about claustrophobia

Claustrophobia extreme or irrational fear of confined places.

Claustrophobia: fear of confined places.

What is Claustrophobia?

claus·tro·pho·bi·a
ˌklôstrəˈfōbēə/
noun
 Extreme or irrational fear of confined places.

There are many phobias that stem from an Anxiety Disorder, Claustrophobia is another limb on the Anxiety tree, and is one of the more common phobias. Claustrophobia is a fear of enclosed spaces or confined areas, or even a crowded room where the exits aren’t easily assessable. Being in one of these situations can bring on a Panic Attack, which in turn may lead to the sufferer avoiding similar situations in the future.

If in a room or building, Claustrophobia sufferers may constantly be checking for doorways and exits or standing close to exits even in large rooms, and feeling fear when doors are closed. Smalls spaces like cars, planes and lifts ca also bring anxious feelings. In some cases being in these situations can bring on panic attacks, in extreme cases just seeing a closed door may cause an Anxiety Attack.

Claustrophobia, can develop from a childhood trauma such as being locked in a small space for long periods of time, or a near drowning experience can cause this phobia. As with all Anxiety disorders the cause of Claustrophobia can be genetic or bio chemical. Whatever the cause many Anxiety Disorder sufferers will develop some type of phobia.

If you suffer from Claustrophobia I am sure you have had the experience of having varying forms of Claustrophobia Symptoms. For many people these symptoms can be harsh enough to have an adverse effect on your quality of life. As the panic and fear seem to happen more and more frequently one of the common questions asked is “Will these Claustrophobia Symptoms be with me for the rest of my life?” The short answer is, yes they will unless you decide to do something about them.

Claustrophobia Attack

It is important to understand what is taking place within your mind as you are having a Claustrophobia attack. In some sense, your subconscious mind is playing a cruel trick on you. Your subconscious has learned that by taking control of your emotions it is able to get you to flee the current situation. It is important to understand that you are having an emotional response to what is being perceived as a dangerous situation. Make no mistake about it, to you the panic and fear are real and that is why your subconscious has raised the danger “flag” and took control of your emotions.

The obvious cruel trick that is being played is that usually after the Claustrophobia attack most people can look back at the situation and acknowledge that there was no real danger to be worried about. This tends to send a very confusing message to most people because they know prior to being in the situation that there is no reason for worry and they can look back after an event and acknowledge there was no reason to worry. So what happened? Why was I so out of control?

The basic premise is one of “fear or flight“. When presented with a situation that your mind has marked as dangerous you are faced with two options: a) stay in the situation and work through the fear or b) flee the situation and get away from the perceived danger as soon as possible. You have proved to your brain that the preferred choice is to “flee” the situation.

Claustrophobia Symptoms

Once you understand and accept that your Claustrophobia Symptoms are all being controlled by your subconscious you can start to work on a Claustrophobia Cure. One of the best ways to take back control of your reaction to a Claustrophobia situation is with the use of self-guided hypnosis. A good Claustrophobia Cure self-guided hypnosis recording can make a dramatic improvement in your quality of life in just 20 minutes a day for 30 days in a row. The only successful way to take care of your Claustrophobia Symptoms is to change the reaction to a Claustrophobia situation and let your subconscious tell your emotions that there really is nothing to worry about.

We normally refer claustrophobia to the fear of being in close places. Individuals who are claustrophobic fears of suffocation and being present in constrict places. Claustrophobic individuals also experiences fright when they lose consciousness and balance to their actions. They oftentimes experience panic attacks particularly when they begin to feel trap or closed in.

No matter what your age is claustrophobia can still develop. Though majority of the men who suffer from claustrophobia had traumatic experience, of which the result is the development of claustrophobia.

In contrast to the above statement, some individuals who are claustrophobic have fears which are occasionally insensible or without any basis and grounds. This fact has led into some conclusions that a phobia is a working of the unconscious mind that is beyond the control of the conscious mind, making hypnosis therapy as one the most viable solutions in overcoming claustrophobia.

Now, we can say that a huge number of claustrophobic tend to undergo hypnosis therapy than enrolling into counseling classes and undergoing some medications. One of the main rationale why they prefer hypnotherapy because it works unswervingly into the main cause of a person’s fear allowing the person the absolutely handle it. It is also safe and there are no harsh effects.

Neuro-Linguistic Programming is a specific technique of hypnotherapy that cures phobia related cases. The Neuro-Linguistic Programming uses innovative and revolutionary methods in helping people wrestle against their anxieties.

What is remarkable about the Neuro-Linguistic Programming is that it is very sophisticated. It makes use of indirect suggestions, which are commonly part of the fascinating stories and metaphors to trigger the unconscious mind. This kind of technique allows the individual who is suffering from claustrophobia to deal with it completely. An additional feature of Neuro-Linguistic Programming is that it has also the capacity to deal with other forms of phobia. Professional and licensed hypnotherapists and even medical institutions recommend the use of Neuro-Linguistic Programming to treat claustrophobia.

Meanwhile another technique also exists as the visual kinetic disassociation. This specific technique makes use of visual imagery to disconnect distressing and painful emotions of an individual, which causes the fear or phobia. A single session of visual kinetic disassociation once can cure a phobia totally.

In reality, hypnosis therapy is the best solution to get rid of claustrophobia. It is harmless to perform and is extremely cost effective. No matter what kind of technique you prefer to perform with, it will guarantee total satisfaction. With hypnosis therapy, you will no longer suffer from the misery of phobia, stress, depression and other emotional or psychological related illnesses.

Can claustrophobia be cured?

When you consult a doctor regarding this matter, he/she will give you psychological treatment to alleviate the symptoms and then thoroughly remove the fear you experience. While you are under treatment, you should prevent any circumstance that will lead to aggravation of your illness. Try to take deep breaths regularly. Oxygen helps relax the muscles and aids in nerve impulse. This will also aid in enhancing blood circulation.

Experts suggest this to every person experiencing fear of confined spaces. It is effective especially if you master this technique. Do this technique at home. Start by relaxing and slowly imagining yourself confined in a small space. When you feel the panic start to emerge, take a deep breath through your nose for some seconds. Hold your breath then slowly release counting down from 5 to 1. In order for this to work effectively, perform deep breathing exercises prior experiencing panic attacks. You will be definitely amazed at how this technique works.

If you have claustrophobia, the treatment a psychologist is most likely to give is systematic desensitization. This treats the fear by working out the mindset. Control is the key action in alleviating fear of any substance or circumstance. This is done through levels of exposure to the feared object. Your mind will receive signals that this object should not be feared, as it will give no harm to you or to anyone.

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