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קלסטרופוביה (פחד ממקומות סגורים)

Claustrophobia is one of a wide spectrum of anxiety disorders and an emotional condition that totally impairs the life of those suffering from it. We spend most of our lives in confined spaces – at work, at home, at school and at college or university, etc. – and people who experience existential fear when in confined spaces may find themselves facing insurmountable problems and incapable of living normal and normative lives. The fear of airplanes, of flying, of small rooms, of sitting near closed windows, of offices, and of bathrooms are all manifestations of claustrophobia. So, what exactly is claustrophobia, and how can this condition be treated without the use of medication or medical equipment? The answer to these and other questions are provided in the following article.

What is claustrophobia?

Claustrophobia is an emotional condition that falls under the category of anxiety disorders. In general, it refers to the fear of being in different kinds of confined spaces, such as air travel, classroom study, train or car travel, and being in safe rooms and bomb shelters, tunnels, stairwells, and elevators. Even sitting between two people can be problematic. The fear of confined spaces is so diverse because we spend most of our everyday lives in such spaces. People suffering from claustrophobia fear that once they are in a confined space they may not be able to get out and may therefore suffocate to death, and this perspective helps us better understand the terror and existential fear they experience. Claustrophobia has a severe limiting effect on the lives of those suffering from it, who in many cases may feel despondent and helpless as a result of avoiding confined spaces which they regard as posing a threat. Being in a confined space, or the thought or fear of being in a confined space, stimulates this fear, which may quickly develop into an anxiety attack.

Risk Factors

  • A traumatic event
  • A parent or relative who suffers from a fear of confined spaces
  • A categorical requirement to enter a confined space
  • Confined spaces with no clear and visible path of exit

Etiology

Claustrophobia has many possible causes, the most prominent of which are:

  • Heredity – One factor in the development of claustrophobia is the genetic factor, which is passed down from parents to children. Therefore, when a person suffers from this condition, it is safe to assume that someone else in the family also suffers from an anxiety disorder of some kind, or perhaps even from claustrophobia itself. Sometimes, however, children may simply imitate a fear of their parents and adopt behavior they observe at home. In this way, children can learn the trauma from their parents and have no first-hand experiential basis for the disorder.
  • A traumatic event – People who have experienced some kind of event that left them with a traumatic memory may develop claustrophobia even a number of years after the event itself.
  • No clear cause – Many people suffering from this disorder develop it for no clear or discernable reason. In such cases, the treatment is more complicated due to the absence of a specific factor requiring neutralization and the broad and general nature of the range of possible causes.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Claustrophobia is characterized by three types of symptoms:

  • Physiological Symptoms:
    • Heightened heartrate
    • Increased perspiration
    • Dry mouth
    • Vomiting
    • Frequent urination
    • Increased blood pressure
    • Dilated pupils
    • Difficulty breathing and a feeling of suffocation
    • Headaches and dizziness
    • Faintness
    • Confusion
  • Cognitive Symptoms: People experiencing the development of an anxious state are certain that they are on the verge of death, a feeling that is reinforced by the thoughts and physical sensations they are experiencing, to which they also assign this interpretation. Such individuals are unable to divert their thoughts in a different direction, and they therefore intensify and throw them off balance.
  • Behavioral Symptoms: People who are aware of the level of anxiety they may experience typically prefer to avoid situations that may provoke it and are willing to forego many different things and events in their lives in order to avoid once again experiencing the anxiety in question.

Innovative Physiological Treatment at the Ora Golan Center

Although it is widely held that anxiety, fear, and other emotional problems should be treated using cognitive and medicinal methods, the Ora Golan Center has a different approach. The therapists at the Ora Golan Center perform immediate diagnosis and treatment through light touch and brief visualization and then implement a quick and effective solution using light touch based on muscle memory. With no need for unnecessary psychological discussion of the problem, our therapists work to achieve a quick and effective solution during a small number of treatment sessions that take no more than 20 minutes each.

The treatment method used by the Ora Golan Center was developed in New York by Dr. Ora Golan. It is implemented by certified therapists who have been specially trained in this innovative technique. At the beginning of the course of treatment, which involves no medication, patients provide the therapist with information in response to a number of questions. The therapist then identifies the emotional block or blocks causing the anxiety and eliminates them. It is a short and effective treatment that has already been used to eliminate a variety of phobias and anxieties in thousands of people around the world.

 

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