Claustrophobia is a common disorder, but often it goes undiagnosed and untreated because of embarrassment. However, there is nothing to be embarrassed from, you just have to know that like any phobia this one could also be treated and even cured. Anxiety and panic attack are the most common symptoms of claustrophobia, but this article will try to show you how to overcome them by following few simple steps.

What is claustrophobia?

The simplified definition of claustrophobia reads "intense fear of being trapped or confined in small spaces". However, it's not the place itself that is terrifying, but rather the thought of not being able to escape or the feeling of lack of oxygen. When trapped in small spaces, such as elevators or air planes, the person might experience anxiety, difficulty in breathing and even a full panic attack.

Living with claustrophobia might be difficult and it could limit person's everyday life. For example, if you work on the 15th floor, you will have to take the stairs everyday in order to avoid the elevator, or air travel might be impossible. Furniture removals specialists within Melbourne even point out that you might need less furniture in your home, if it's small and it intimidates you.

Symptoms and diagnosis:

Going to a psychologist is the first step towards treatment and knowing the symptoms is very important, because most probably your psychologist will ask you to describe them. Most common symptoms include hot flashes, dizziness, hyperventilation, sweating, nausea, increased blood pressure and even fainting. So, describe these well to your psychologist, because just like any other phobia, claustrophobia comes with a set of disorders, so he or she will have to first rule out additional problems such as depression and other forms of anxiety disorder before making any diagnosis.


Researchers have found out that claustrophobia, just like most of the other phobias responds best to a mixture of treatment. On the one hand, a holistic approach, such as therapy with your psychologist and on the other hand, use of natural remedies such as relaxation and even hypnotherapy. There are also other sets of useful methods that could help you cope with claustrophobia.

First, take small steps towards conquering it. Don't rush into it, because you might give up too quickly if you don't see the desirable results. So, set up achievable goals and once you reach them, move to a slightly more challenging ones. Secondly, learn relaxation techniques and find a way to calm your body, and focus your mind. This will help you deal with fear and it can be done through meditation or with the help of your psychologist. Thirdly, try to be more optimistic and to have more positive and rational thoughts, which will substitute the negative ones that cause fear. And finally, don't forget that there is no shame in claustrophobia! Admit you have a problem and don't give up until you overcome it!

Author's Bio: 

My name is Martin and I am 24 years old from Brisbane. I thought I'd share with you some useful information about claustrophobia, mainly because not many people are aware that it's curable. Personally, the steps here helped me, so hopefully they will be of help to someone else too.