CLAUSTROPHOBIA AND HOW TO OVERCOME IT
The fear of small spaces
Claustrophobia, or to use its common name, the fear of small spaces, is an anxiety related disorder that often brings on panic attacks when an individual finds themselves in an enclosed or confined space such as an elevator, train, aircraft or even a small room. The fear usually stems from the affected individual believing that they cannot escape or “get out” from an enclosed or suffocating situation. Like most other fears or phobias, claustrophobia normally develops due to a previous experience in the sufferers’ earlier life, usually a trauma or life-threatening situation.
Surprisingly for some, claustrophobia can also be experienced in open spaces. This occurs when the sufferer is part of a large crowd or gathering and again, feels that they are unable to escape from the crowd and find their own space once again. This can occur in places such as concerts, or even inside a packed cinema.
Sufferers are normally aware that their fear is irrational, but when faced with a sudden or unexpected situation where they feel they cannot escape, they usually enter a state of panic and the fear overcomes their normal rationality.
When an enclosed space situation arises around an affected individual, the following symptoms are common:
The fear of physical or actual harm
Shaking of the limbs
Increased heart rate
Dizziness (light – headedness)
Difficulty in breathing
Often, when an individual realizes that they suffer from claustrophobia, the symptoms can seem worse and also arise more often. The individual tends to avoid more and more areas where they feel that an enclosed situation may occur and the subsequent anticipation of a panic attack actually increases their anxiety and heightens their fears.
What can I do to overcome and manage my fear of small spaces?
The treatment of claustrophobia is very similar to that of other anxiety related fears and phobias. As claustrophobia is almost always a learned response to an enclosed space situation, it can also be un-learned just as effectively. Anxiety Hypnosis is by far the best and most successful way to control your claustrophobia and through using Anxiety Hypnosis you can not only learn to manage this fear but overcome it completely.
The Nexus Team Hypnotherapy (Anxiety Hypnosis) have been helping clients from Birmingham, Walsall and the surrounding areas, overcome claustrophobia and their fears of small spaces for many years, all in safe and comfortable surroundings.
What can I do next?
If claustrophobia has taken control of your life or the fear of small spaces is effecting the way you go about your daily schedule, then there is no better time than now to take your life back! Contact me directly at The Nexus Team Anxiety Hypnosis and with my help and backup assistance, you can once again enjoy the freedom of life that you deserve.
Realise that therapy is a way of uncovering any conflicts that you may have had in the past or feel that you have dealt with, but to your unconscious you really haven’t dealt with them. I will help you to regain control by helping you to use your inner strength to be able to go out and explore the world once more, just as you were meant to live.
I look forward to seeing you with this or any other related problem on Panic, Anxiety, Stress, Exam Nerves, Relationship Conflicts, by helping you to build self CONFIDENCE.