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Are You Afraid #5: Claustrophobia

Do you hate being in confined spaces?

Are You Afraid #5: Claustrophobia

Claustrophobia-- The walls feel like they are closing in as a light sweat starts to build on your brow, you realization starts to set in, you're claustrophobic. Just like an anxiety attack, claustrophobia is classified in the same group which is estimated to be around 5-7 percent of the worlds population. What broadly defines this phobia is the fear of tight spaces, such as windowless rooms, caves and even a buss full of people.


Restriction isn't the only thing that comes with claustrophobia but so does the fear of suffocation, as if the very walls and/or space around you is closing in on you. Anyone who may be familiar with a panic attack to the degree if feels like you can't catch your breath can relate to what someone under these conditions will feel like once the phobia is triggered.


Medication is usually prescribed and used to combat the feeling of claustrophobic conditions while in an environment it may occur, such as an airline flight somewhere. One very similar and often confused phobia is cleithrophobia, which is the fear of being trapped. Whereas Claustrophobia is the fear of the space around you confining so you can’t breath, cleithrophobia is the feeling of not being able to get out of a certain location or situation.


In most cases it has been shown that this will stem from a past trauma in one who is suffering claustrophobia, however this is not guaranteed to be the case 100% of the time. So in other words, we are not 100% sure why it happens to some people and not others, though it is possible to get it at anytime of your life.


Treating claustrophobia can be done in several different ways, as it really depends on the particular patient. Some of the treatment methods are as follows;


Cognitive Theory

In Vivo Exposure

Interoceptive Exposure


Studies have also shown that those with claustrophobia would rate a event that fits into their worst nightmare if presented with three options. The options would be a positive situation, a negative situation and of course one that coincides with claustrophobia, and the data shows that picking a situation that would cause them to react to their phobia was much much higher than both the negative and positive situations no matter how unrealistic it may in fact be.



Jonathan Parkinson:
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