Don’t close the doors!!

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She heard the door click shut behind her. The pupils in her eyes widened with alarm. The pen she was holding fell off her grip onto the floor. A huge bead of sweat loomed over her forehead and similar trails of little sweat beads lined the back of her shirt. Panting, she made her way to the door. Her trembling fingers fumbled their way around the door knob but in vain. Seconds later, she gave up and sat down, resting her drenched back on the wall. Her heart was beating so fast she thought it would fall out of her mouth. Feeling nauseated, she covered her mouth with her hands. Before she could fight with the knots in her stomach, she fell short of breaths. The room before her was reeling. Her body crouched over the floor; she tried not to choke on her own vomit. With rapid flashes of light flickering over her eyes, her insides collapsed and she gave in with a gasp. She could only see blackness.

Claustrophobia, in its entire dreadfulness, is a phobia or irrational fear of closed spaces. This disorder could be invoked from the least of confined spaces such as elevators, subways, airplanes or the trial rooms in stores. Characterized by dizziness, high blood pressure, sweating, chills, choking, hyperventilation, nauseous feelings, and headaches, claustrophobia takes a horrible toll over the persons before they can be brought into the open. These people are always on the watch out for any cases that may trap them in a closed place. They keep opening the windows, prefer stairs over staircases, and keep venturing near the door/exit in a crowded room. The very idea or anticipation of being in a locked room has them shuddering let alone actually be in the room!

 

Genetic factors contribute a great deal to Claustrophobia. The person may have likely inherited it from his mother. Most of the people who have this disorder were abused or trapped as a child. This disorder is purely a phobia for confined places and cannot be affiliated with other mental troubles such as Obsessive Compulsion Disorder or Depression.

If you are claustrophobic or if you know someone who suffers from this phobia, tell them that their own willpower and determination can move them miles away from the center force of this disorder. Turning their focus on something else and allowing themselves to be distracted can keep their mind off the danger that they usually associate a confined space with. They could visualize positive scenarios and concentrate deeply on their breathing. Attentively feeling one’s one inhaling and exhaling of breath is a form of meditation. Long-term treatments may include yoga and therapies.

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