Claustrophobia and Hypnotherapy: Overcoming Fear Though Hypnosis
What is Claustrophobia?
Claustrophobia is an irrational fear of small spaces. This condition is one of the ten most common anxiety disorders which effects 15 – 37% of the world’s population. The fear is not of tight space itself but of the thought of having no ability to escape. For people, this fear may seem a little ridiculous but for the sufferer, the problem can be truly debilitating.
Symptoms of Claustrophobia
The onset of panic may vary from one sufferer to another. A claustrophobic may feel a bolt of sudden fear when getting into an elevator or going inside a cellar. A common trigger for a sufferer arises when they need to go through an MRI machine. Being restrained or incarcerated can also bring about different manifestations of the disorder.
Claustrophobia is a psychosomatic meaning its psychological in nature and manifests physically. This intense fear usually stems from a traumatic childhood experience and the brain stores the memory. During a panic attack, a claustrophobic may experience one or more of the following signs and symptoms:
- cold sweat
- chest congestion
- elevated blood pressure
- urinary incontinence
- temporary dementia
Medications such as antidepressants and beta blockers are designed to control the physical symptoms of anxiety. However,some suggest that these medications are habit-forming and may in fact cause secondary complications which is why some elect to choose alternative means to address the problem like hypnosis.
The practice of hypnotherapy in treating and managing claustrophobia is gaining ground. Hypnosis is now seen by some as an accepted form of intervention that is non-invasive and chemical-free.
Claustrophobic patients can see results after one session but three sessions are recommended. To make an appointment please click the orange button below to book instantly via the online booking system:
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