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What else can I do?

By Anonymous March 2, 2012 - 5:46pm
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I too am claustrophobic about weird things and it drives me crazy that the fear of being closed in controls my life. I have problems using a bathroom that is small without the door open and still I feel as thought it is closing in on me or being in a room that has a door anywhere within 5 ft. or less in front of me closed. When I sleep if my pillow touches my face I feel like I'm being suffocated, or if someone hugs me and I feel their warm breath on me I start feeling closed in. Also the thing that makes me the maddest is when I drive to work on a foggy day I know that I have to leave about an hour early so I can get there on time. The reason is because when I am driving and everything outside my window turns white and I can't see I feel like I'm trapped in something. Then I start feeling as thought I have to push it away, but can't and then I feel as thought I have a heavy weight on my chest and I can't seem to catch my breath an then have to pull over get out of the car an try and catch my breath. Then start back off to work again my trip should take about 20minutes but on those days it can take almost 2 hours. I tell myself over and over your fine you can do this it's no big deal, but that doesn't help what else can I do.

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I can only imagine how debilitating it must be. Have you ever to desensitize yourself to these situations?

Using a method called Systematic Desensitisation, you can eradicate your fearful response to situations that cause you to feel claustrophobic.

I am not an expert in this field, but I did come across a website for the Pegasus NLP Philosophy. This website has a page devoted to claustrophobia and tools to overcome it.

Please take some time to read this article and I hope you will find the techniques offered helpful in coping.

Wishing you success,

March 2, 2012 - 6:06pm
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