Claustrophobia or fear of enclosed places is in fact a very common condition that affects millions across the globe. Claustrophobia is popularly known as fear of enclosed or small places such as elevators and washrooms. Anyone is prone to the condition as it affects all sorts of people such as doctors, soldiers, lawyers and others. The common factor among claustrophobic individuals is that they are usually okay until the door is closed that confines them to a small place, which triggers the onset of a panic attack. This article provides critical information on the condition, and some techniques that may help in reducing its effects.
People with claustrophobia feel trapped inside small places such as an elevator. In addition, the situation is worsened and likely to become claustrophobia panic attacks by the presence of others who crowd the limited space. The situation also increases the possibility of embarrassment from the panic, worsening the situation.
At one time, an orderly and a doctor were together in an elevator that was going to the second floor of a hospital. All was well until there was a malfunction that halted the elevator. The doctor was at ease as she was sure that there would be only few seconds of confinement until the doors closed. But with the stopping of the elevator, she was increasingly agitated and stressed. Within moments, she was yelling and beating up the walls and pacing.
Looking at the above scenario, if the doctor had taken a few moments for mind conditioning before the situation occurred, then she would have been able to handle the situation differently. In order to handle panic symptoms caused by claustrophobia, you should first condition your mind to deal with it even before any real occurrence. This will enable you to react in a calm manner rather than going into a panic.
Breathing exercises are a good way of mind conditioning that will enable you to deal with panic symptoms. Taking deep breaths is a way that has been proven to be good treatment for agoraphobia. You should practice the method regularly before you are faced with the claustrophobic situation. This will enable you to immediately start taking deep breaths when the situation threatens to spiral out of control throwing you into a panic.
The secret is to start performing the breathing exercises as soon as you are in the enclosed space. To practice this method, imagine yourself in an enclosed place and when the panic symptoms begin, start taking deep breaths through the nose when counting to five, hold to the count of five and exhale slowly to another count of five.