Feeling claustrophobic

Claustrophobia comes from the Greek word, ‘phobos’ which means fear and Latin word ‘Claustrum’ which means, a closed-in place. If you have a fear of tight or small spaces, a fear of elevators, a fear of being trapped, the fear of being closed in, you’re dealing with claustrophobia.

It could be related to dysfunction of the amygdala, which is the part of the brain that controls how we process fear. It is an anxiety related disorder brought about through stress and anxiety. In some circumstances having claustrophobia can result in a panic attack. It is common in every day life.

Studies show that about 10% of the population will deal with claustrophobia in their lifetime. Symptoms may include an excessive fear brought on when spending time in a crowded or confined space; nausea; confusion and disorientation.

A rapid heartbeat, dry mouth, tightness in the chest and chest pain, feeling panicked, fainting and feeling dizzy, feeling lightheaded are all symptoms of feeling claustrophobic. We don’t all have the ideal childhood.

Claustrophobia is often caused by a traumatic event continually experienced in early childhood. If a child has a parent with claustrophobia, as the adult they may also get to deal with the condition. If a child is bullied or abused, they may go on to develop it, or a child who is kept in a confined space.

Claustrophobia is easily treatable. The first step is to acknowledge that you deal with the condition. Don’t feel embarrassed that you have it.

Source: https://www.psycom.net


4 Dec, 2019

2 thoughts on “Feeling claustrophobic

  1. Of course, this is just one of the many phobias that I have to deal with on a regular basis, seeing as I was bullied and abused as a child.

    This is exactly why I don’t like that feeling of being backed into a corner so to speak, as in being in a crowded room and not really having any way out.

    I also have an intense fear of being put into something like a jail cell, seeing as they put me into a cage crib at the hospital, when I almost died from pneumonia.

    It wouldn’t have been quite so bad, except that I clearly remember screaming and crying in the middle of the night because I was scared, but nobody ever came to check on me.

    It is no wonder I have so many issues considering the amount of chaos and insanity I was subjected to.

    1. Thanks Randy. I believe in you and know you can and will come through this. I understand being claustrophobic. I remember my mum telling me the same thing, although I didn’t really connect with her words at the time.

      In the time that I have known you, I feel you have come a very long way. You understand your life and that helps, even though it’s something you still must work through. We all must.

      Any type of abuse manifests itself in how we live our lives, but we owe it to us to give ourselves the time to work our issues through.

      It helps if others can see and know what they have done and come forward and apologise, but without that it wouldn’t be right and I wouldn’t want others to have the satisfaction.

      Where we don’t have an apology and I also fall into that camp, it is important we rectify things for ourselves and make our lives better.

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