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2005/07/26 11:29:27 (permalink)

Claustrophobia Cures

I suffer quite badly from Claustrophobia to the point its verging on ridiculous and its getting worse - a lot of people around me are aware of it and really quite sympathetic but it is getting me down and its embarrassing I just had another situation where I was in a confidential meeting in a board room and we had to leave the door open

Just as an example of how bad I have got - in every building I look for an escape route and I HAVE to either have a window or door open (regardless of the weather), same as in my car - doors unlocked and window open. I cant go to the cinema and the thought of going on a plane sends me over.

Does anyone know of any good courses or therapists or anything that will help.......and no locking me in a cupboard wont do the trick

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    RudeboyR
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    RE: Claustrophobia Cures 2005/07/26 11:35:11 (permalink)
    I think I have some kind of clausterphobia. I once went looking for something under my bed and I got stuck and I panicking even though I wouldnt die and was getting all hot and bothered. I didnt like it.
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    tuc biscuit
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    RE: Claustrophobia Cures 2005/07/26 11:36:30 (permalink)
    a guy I know cured his by doing judo, seriously

    I wish I was more attractive like Dagless.
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    RE: Claustrophobia Cures 2005/07/26 11:39:06 (permalink)
    I think the general methodology to conquering any phobia is to expose yourself a minor aspect of the cause, and from there to increase the intensity over time - there's an obvious parallel with weights, heh!

    In your case, start off with familiar surroundings - your bedroom perhaps - and every night, keep the door and all windows closed. Start off with, say, a minute or so, and build up. Keep a record of how long you kept the door open each night. Whenever you get to the point where you can keep everything closed all night, move on to smaller and smaller spaces.

    There must be a few support forums for people with Claustrophobia, you'd getter better advice there!!

    Best of luck me luv,

    KS
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    RE: Claustrophobia Cures 2005/07/26 11:41:03 (permalink)
    Go and see Paul McKenna (NOT!!)

    Did you hear he was ringing up someone with agrophobia and he said to the audience as he was ringing.....the good thing about ringing someone with agrophobia is you know they're always going to be in
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    RE: Claustrophobia Cures 2005/07/26 11:55:02 (permalink)
    Keyser is along the right lines. "exposure therapy" is a type of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). CBT can be very effective for treating anxiety/phobias.

    I can give you some more info but I'm pushed for time right now.

    Regards,

    Richard

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    alpine
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    RE: Claustrophobia Cures 2005/07/26 12:16:29 (permalink)

    The NLP fast phobia cure.


    Whilst frowned upon in some quarters, Paul McKenna bridges the void between stage and clinical hypnosis. Humour is an excellent interrupt pattern by the way.

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    RE: Claustrophobia Cures 2005/07/26 12:23:33 (permalink)
    Not keen on hypnosis at all - I have heard to many horror stories

    Its not so much being in a small place as I said I cant go into cinemas which is a huge space! Its if I cant breath fresh air it freaks me out - I know how it started!

    No good doing the bedroom shutting the door thing as I had my house made into open plan Its an expensive phobia
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    RE: Claustrophobia Cures 2005/07/26 12:25:19 (permalink)
    Awww Clair I can imagine how much of a b*tch that must be. Hope you find help for it soon.
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    RE: Claustrophobia Cures 2005/07/26 12:35:04 (permalink)
    So what your saying is you also have a hypnosis phobia.

    NLP isn't hypnosis, you are conscious and totally in control, it's more just a way of changing the way you use your brain.

    However, the exposure therapies work very well, and CBT is an effective and cheap therapy, hence the NHS biggin it up.

    Now you are aware that it is restricting your life, stamp it out now before it gets a hold.
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    RE: Claustrophobia Cures 2005/07/26 18:31:33 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: alpine

    However, the exposure therapies work very well, and CBT is an effective and cheap therapy, hence the NHS biggin it up.
    CBT is not cheap. Prozac is cheap.

    Paying for people to undergo therapy is expensive.



    ORIGINAL: albino

    "exposure therapy" is a type of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). CBT can be very effective for treating anxiety/phobias.

    Yes Albino is right. It's most commonly called "Exposure and Response Prevention".

    Albino BTW did you get my reply to that email from a while back? Sorry to go off topic...
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    RE: Claustrophobia Cures 2005/07/26 18:50:11 (permalink)
    I've had to overcome the fear of claustrophobia myself, though I'm ok with bigger spaces.
    I didn't want hypnosis. I didn't want the drugs. I didn't have the money to spend on therapy but I do know that I had to change my behavior and thought patterns.
    Albino, drab, and KS and even Tuc suggested that in their posts.

    I think Alpine's suggestion of humor as an excellent interrupt pattern has validity...I've used that when in the midst of an attack to break the cycle so I could get control of the emotions.

    I mastered my claustrophobia by facing the fear in the cause that triggers the claustophobia and controlling it.
    First thing I had to do was put a specific name to the fear.
    Can you put a name to your fear that causes your claustrophobia?
    What started it?

    What have you done so far to overcome your claustrophobia?





    post edited by hermoso - 2005/07/27 04:22:24

    Beauty is a habit of the mind.
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    alpine
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    RE: Claustrophobia Cures 2005/07/26 18:50:16 (permalink)

    Prozac ain't cheap if you are on it 20 years and you can't work and pay taxes. Added to that CBT is one of the cheapest and quickest of the traditional therapies.

    The government are piloting schemes where you run through your own CBT with minimal one to one counselling.
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    RE: Claustrophobia Cures 2005/07/26 23:44:58 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: alpine


    Prozac ain't cheap if you are on it 20 years and you can't work and pay taxes. Added to that CBT is one of the cheapest and quickest of the traditional therapies.
    You can come up with whatever extreme situations you like, but the fact remains that therapy is expensive and generic drugs are cheap. It's easier to get drugs than therapy on the NHS, another fact.



    Anyway.

    By the way Clair, please don't follow any advice that suggests that you start closing your bedroom door or whatever before you've researched your problem (or are being helped). You need to carefully plan out which things you can do first, second, third and so on to gradually help your problem.
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    alpine
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    RE: Claustrophobia Cures 2005/07/26 23:58:56 (permalink)

    Well I don't need to take them Drab so what do I know.

    Whilst I feel priveledged to have my own personal moderator I'm sure you have better things to do than disagree with every post I make. Just because I don't believe in your alien 'theory' doesn't make me a bad person.

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    RE: Claustrophobia Cures 2005/07/27 00:19:20 (permalink)
    One of the many pilot programmes current being rolled out in PCTs up and down the country.

    http://www.innovate.org.uk/Innovations/PrintProjectDetail.asp?ID=315

    If you are frustrated by being 'palmed off' with SSRIs by your GP it helps to be pesistent.

    Whilst it is cheaper to run a short course of SSRIs for certain illnesses/life events, the government are having a big push to reduce drug costs by implementing computer based CBT courses with minimal intevention.

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    RE: Claustrophobia Cures 2005/07/27 01:41:36 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: alpine

    Well I don't need to take them Drab so what do I know.
    Good point, what do you know? Some of us have personal experience of the things we talk about.



    ORIGINAL: alpine
    Whilst I feel priveledged to have my own personal moderator I'm sure you have better things to do than disagree with every post I make. Just because I don't believe in your alien 'theory' doesn't make me a bad person.


    How cute. And I feel priveledged to have my own little pixie. Didn't realise that we knew each other until now though!

    What alien theory are you on about? Am pretty sure I haven't come up with any new theory lol.

    You could always stop talking to me if you don't like it? If you post something on a public forum that I disagree with then I may still comment on it though. I'm sure you'll live lol.
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    RE: Claustrophobia Cures 2005/07/27 01:47:33 (permalink)
    By the way Alpine I'm annoyed that you somehow made this a personal thing between you and me.

    I don't know you. You may have noticed me before now, but you are a complete stranger to me.

    This thread is meant to be about helping another MT member. Not your imaginary internet battles.

    Think before you post in future.
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    RE: Claustrophobia Cures 2005/07/27 02:18:25 (permalink)

    Please don't take it out on me if you can't get counselling, go back and see your GP, or stump up some cash and pay for it yourself.
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    RE: Claustrophobia Cures 2005/07/27 03:20:22 (permalink)

    ORIGINAL: alpine

    Please don't take it out on me if you can't get counselling, go back and see your GP, or stump up some cash and pay for it yourself.
    I have had counselling you silly little boy.

    Don't you remember me saying that some of us actually have experience of what we're talking about? LOL

    I'm in touch with a few MT members about mental health issues. Seeing as you don't know me at all, you wouldn't know this.

    And I don't know you. Nor do I want to. Grow up. Get yourself some friends and stop trying to start internet fights with people who just don't care.
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