Claustrophobia

An anxiety disorder that is consisted of huge phobias and fears of being in a closed space or room unable to escape. People with claustrophobia can get panic attacks by entering the closed spaces whether they are small or big. An example of those places are small or big halls or arenas, elevators, cars, planes, trains, shopping malls, etc.

When people with claustrophobia enter those places, they would often check the exits and stay near them, stay near the door in a crowded party, etc. They would also use the stairs instead of elevators all the time.

This disorder can be treated similarly to the other anxiety disorders. Cognitive behavioral therapy is a very good therapy to use for claustrophobia.

Other things people with claustrophobia can do to help themselves are:

– Visualization and relaxation exercises

– Observing others

– Focusing on something that is safe

– Breathing deeply and slowly

Claustrophobia is often caused by having traumatic childhood, but some people theorize that it could also be genetic. Being bullied as a child or trapped in some place for some time can cause claustrophobia.

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