Claustrophobia – Another Limb on the Anxiety Tree

by: Pauline Smith

There are many phobias that stem from an Anxiety Disorder, Claustrophobia is another limb on the Anxiety tree, and is one of the more common phobias. Claustrophobia is a fear of enclosed spaces or confined areas, or even a crowded room where the exits aren’t easily assessable. Being in one of these situations can bring on a Panic Attack, which in turn may lead to the sufferer avoiding similar situations in the future.

If in a room or building, Claustrophobia sufferers may constantly be checking for doorways and exits or standing close to exits even in large rooms, and feeling fear when doors are closed. Smalls spaces like cars, planes and lifts ca also bring anxious feelings. In some cases being in these situations can bring on panic attacks, in extreme cases just seeing a closed door may cause a Panic Attack.

Claustrophobia, can develop from a childhood trauma such as being locked in a small space for long periods of time, or a near drowning experience can cause this phobia. As with all Anxiety disorders the cause of Claustrophobia can be genetic or bio chemical. Whatever the cause many Anxiety Disorder sufferers will develop some type of phobia, in my case I developed more than one.

There are many things you can do to help yourself control your fears and thoughts, you can start with small goals to overcome your phobia. If you try and rush your recovery by reaching for larger goals, you may get overwhelmed and your condition may get worse, on the other hand not acting at all with just intensify your phobia. Self help programs and relation techniques can also be very helpful.

Try to keep positive when confronting your fears, tell yourself your are stronger than your thoughts and give yourself the power to overcome them. Becoming involved in a hobby, sport or course that helps you feel more confident, can also help you empower yourself against your phobia.

It’s very hard getting your head around having an Anxiety Disorder and or Phobia, and even more difficult to take that first step to recovery. I found as soon as I learned that my Panic Attacks and Phobias couldn’t hurt me physically, it was much easier to get on with life and control my mind and body once again. The human mind is an amazing and complex piece of machinery, and once you can understand and control your thoughts, your Anxiety Disorders and Phobias will soon be under control too.
Pauline Smith has been living with panic attacks for years and wants to help others find freedom from these life changing disorders. Visit her free blog at http://manageinganxiety.blogspot.com for some great advice on controlling anxiety panic attacks.

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