Claustrophobia is the irrational fear of confined spaces: of being closed in small spaces or rooms with no escape.
It frequently results in a panic attack and can be triggered by differing environments and situations such as lifts, small rooms (particularly if windowless and with no apparent means of exit or escape), the Tube, tunnels or being in an aircraft. Crowded spaces can often heighten anxiety levels as does tight clothing.
Claustrophobia can be a difficult condition to live with and sufferers will often develop involved 'avoidance rituals.' They will go to any lengths to avoid places like the Underground, subways, small rooms or basements, and will prefer to take the stairs rather than use lifts regardless of how many floors are involved. Claustrophobia is a specific phobia that responds well to hypnotherapy.
Phobias - A handbook of Theory, Research and Treatment claims that between 15% and 37% of the worldwide population suffer from claustrophobia, and even though many experience severe symptoms only a small percentage receive any form of treatment - The National Health service says "It affects about 10% of the UK population."
Panic attacks are common - symptoms can range from dry mouth, butterflies in the stomach and sweating, to rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, nausea, dizziness and feeling faint, confusion and disorientation.
Sometimes the actual fear of confined spaces is superseded by the fear of losing control and having a panic attack.
Hypnotherapy and NLP techniques are both highly effective for dealing with claustrophobia and anxiety.
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Other common phobias that respond well to hypnosis and hypnotherapy are: fear of spiders; fear of heights; fear of flying; fear of dogs, and other animals; fear of bees & wasps; fear of blood; fear of dentists, and not surprisingly in my opinion, fear of of clowns.
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