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Hi, Della Marie,

Welcome to EmpowHer. I'm so glad you wrote.

You are NOT alone. Many many people share your fear of being confined or being in small spaces. Claustrophobia is one of the major phobias that people experience. In fact, the National Institute of Mental Health puts it in its 10 top phobias category.

This is good news for you, because it means that people are living with claustrophobia every day. And you can, too. Just because you haven't yet found the right treatment doesn't mean it's not out there. It is.

Can you tell us more about how you tried to get help and what didn't work for you? When you say "by putting me in that situation, I couldn't do it," I am thinking that a person you were working with tried to hurry you too much by exposing you to a frightening situation for you. Is that the case?

Do you have other phobias? Are you naturally an anxious person or a worrier, or is this the only major fear that you have?

Have you tried reading a self-help book on getting over claustrophobia? Would you be interested in us helping you find some titles?

When does your claustrophobia affect your life? Can you give us an idea about the extent to which it bothers you? For instance, can you take a short ride between floors on an elevator? Can you be in a small bathroom? Can you fly on an airplane? Are you okay in a crowd? What other situations are either fine or bothersome for you?

What happens when you become claustrophobic? What symptoms do you feel and how severe are they?

Please let us know some of the answers to these questions so that we might be able to help.

March 12, 2010 - 8:24am


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