Claustrophobia: The Inside scoop
By: Ariel Robinson
What is Claustrophobia?
Claustrophobia is an anxiety disorder in which the sufferer has an irrational fear of having no escape or being closed-in. Claustrophobia results in an panic attack. This mostly occurs when the suffer is in closed off spaces such as being in a crowded elevator, a small room without any windows, or being in an airplane. Some patients with claustrophobia suffer while wearing tight-necked clothing.
What causes Claustrophobia?
Any past experience could cause Claustrophobia such as being trapped in a car, on a bus, in an airplane, or in a closed room with no windows. Being in a crowded space and lose parents or group. Crawling into a hole and getting lost or stuck.
A few signs and symptoms during a claustrophobic attack.
Most people will start showing signs of claustrophobia by getting headaches or maybe even rashes. When in closed spaces their anxiety level will rise and they will start to get dizzy, start to sweat, increased blood pressure, hot flashes, chills, fainting and etc.
Claustrophobia can have several treatments such as:
- CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)
- Drug Therapy
- Relaxation Exercises
- Alternative/Natural medicine
Dr. Michelle Harvey, Psychologist, PhD
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