11:53 am - Wednesday February 20, 2019

Claustrophobia: Fear of Confined Spaces


What is Claustrophobia?

Claustrophobia is the fear of enclosed spaces. It is one of the most common phobiasClaustrophobia - Fear of confined spaces affecting people. This is a situational phobia as it is primarily triggered due to a specific situation.

Learn Claustrophobia Causes

Claustrophobia can have its roots in a traumatic childhood experience or from some other unpleasant experience in some point of life that involves confined spaces.

This can be seen in a situation where a child becomes trapped is a small space such as an elevator during a power outage or finds himself is a confined space while playing.

An individual can experience a recurrence of such an event, in which the sufferer thinks he will be trapped or run out of breath, triggering a panic attack.

Claustrophobia Symptoms for You

An individual with claustrophobia responds in a certain way to certain situations and may exhibit varying symptoms.

Here are Some Claustrophobia Symptoms:

  • Sweating
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Nausea
  • Hyperventilation
  • Shaking
  • Fainting
  • Light-headedness
  • Feeling of imminent physical harm

Claustrophobia causes negative psychological and social effects as the patient tries to avoid situations where he thinks a phobic attack is imminent. This can lead to a condition of isolation & depression.

Claustrophobia Treatment Options

Although a serious type of phobia, claustrophobia is very much treatable with the right kind of treatment.

In behavior therapy the main focus is on identification of trigger points. The sufferer’s reactions to existing triggers are learned and not natural.

He is made to visualize & practice how to cope when in small spaces (the trigger). Gradually the sufferer learns to disassociate feelings of harm or danger linked with confined space.

Flooding, a form of exposure treatment gives the individual exposures to a trigger or situation up to a period he develops confidence and does not face any anxiety attacks.

Moreover, claustrophobia treatment can also involve medication or several treatments in combination.

Anti-depressant medications are also prescribed to help relieve claustrophobia symptoms. These can include medicines such as beta-blockers that help treat rapid hear-beats associated to anxiety attacks.

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  3. Anthophobia: Fear of Flowers
  4. Achluophobia: Fear of Darkness

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