December 1st, 2012
Mrs. U'Lawnda Lewis
Claustrophobia is a fear or panic of being in a small space which involves emotional and physical reactions to triggering situations. This phobia could have developed in an individual either as a child being trapped in a small space playing a childhood game, or even as a young adult whom got stuck in an elevator. When these particular events happen, he or she accidently trap them self into a small confined room, this event can trigger a panic attack that programs the brain to feeling anxious. (http://epigee.org/mental_health/claustrophobia.html)
Claustrophobia is a fairly mysterious disorder. It does not appear in the annals of medicine until the 1870s. A French physician working in Paris wrote of two people who reported feeling anxious when they were inside their apartments with the doors closed. These cases emerged when Paris was rapidly urbanizing more people were crowding into the city, and life was getting cramped. Shortly after these cases were written down, a similar case developed in a man who lived in New York just as that city was becoming more urbanized. Some theorists postulate that claustrophobia resulted from the rise of the modern city (Marsh, 2002). Symptoms of claustrophobia are sweating, fast rapid heartbeat, nausea, fainting feeling, light-headed, shaking, and hyperventilation. Situations that are common that can cause anxiety in claustrophobia sufferers which include: Being inside a room: the individual will look for an exit, being inside a car: the individual will avoid driving on the highway or major roads where there is heavy traffic, being inside a building: the individual will avoid taking elevators, being at a party: the individual will stand near a door, being on an airplane: the individual will sit near the window or close to the door. Though the fear of claustrophobia may be intense, with treatment, it can be...
Does Claustrophobia cause people to deviate from confined areas? The independent variable is claustrophobia, and the dependent variable is the confined areas. Our hypothesis to this question is yes claustrophobia can be cured and reduced by cognitive behavioral therapy. The issue of claustrophobia is very important due to its impact on an individuals everyday life, since it affects a number of individuals throughout the world. A phobia is an anxiety disorder that is shown by an irrational fear of confined spaces. This phobia can cause a person to stay away form confined spaces such as a crowded store, sporting and social events, as well as elevators that could bring on this irrational fear. In society this can cause a person not to take part in certain events. This phobia can also lead to the interference with riding on public transportation such as a plane, train, bus or subway. In this our findings will be evident by the research provided. Each of these specific statements below, will help draw a conclusion about claustrophobia: 1) Fear of Restriction and Suffocation 2) The Reduction of Claustrophobia(Part 1) 3) The Reduction of Claustrophobia (Part 2) 4) Virtual Reality Treatment of ClaustrophobiaClaustrophobia 2 Fear of Restriction and Suffocation Claustrophobic fear is a combination of the...
...spaces. With this information in mind, you can categorize certain phobias. Specifically claustrophobia. This severe case of phobia would be classified under the complex phobia category. According to the Phobia Fear Release article, people tend to use the phrase “I’m claustrophobic”. This is the least bit correct. People tend to think that you’re claustrophobic when you don’t like being in small spaces. However claustrophobia is the fear of enclosed spaces. It has nothing to do with the enjoyment of the space. People who suffer from claustrophobia may experience symptoms in crawl spaces, small rooms, and crowds. Although claustrophobia is not an illness, it has similar medical procedures. Throughout this detailed information in regards to claustrophobia, the prime definitions of claustrophobia will be covered, the symptoms, as well as the treatments.
Claustrophobia is usually described as the fear of enclosed spaces or places. To assure a better in depth understand it can be classified as a fear of not having an easy escape route. There is an intense fear of being trapped that is taking place. Someone is who dealing with claustrophobia has a feeling of great anxiety and difficulty breathing. As shown above claustrophobia is not a disease or illness, it is a learned response. So it isn’t genetic at all. (If a mother is claustrophobic, and she has a...
The Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments of a Popular Phobia
Phobias have been a common part of the world since the beginning of time. As most people know, a phobia is “a special form of fear which… cannot be explained or reasoned away [and] is beyond voluntary control” (Marks 3). There are hundreds upon thousands of phobias in the world. However, one of the most common phobias is called claustrophobia. As most know and Ronald Doctor explains, “Claustrophobia is the fear of closed places, such as closets, subways, tunnels, telephone booths, elevators, small rooms, crowds, or other enclosed or confined spaces” (104). Claustrophobia has known symptoms, causes, and treatments.
Claustrophobia has known symptoms. Psychologists have found some common and some specific symptoms that go along with claustrophobia and its victims:
If a person suffering from claustrophobia suddenly finds themselves in an enclosed space, they may have an anxiety attack. Symptoms can include: Sweating, accelerated heart rate, hyperventilation… shaking, light-headedness, nausea, fainting, [and] fear of actual harm or illness (Better Health).
The common symptoms of claustrophobia are the same symptoms that one would get in the event of an anxiety attack. Nevertheless, there are also specific symptoms that go along with stronger claustrophobics. For example, if a...
Claustrophobia means ‘fear of suffocation or restriction’. It is typically classified as an anxiety disorder (mind well, it’s not a disease) and often results in panic attack (fast heartbeats n breathing, frightened, going crazy n many more are its symptoms—refer Wikipedia for more). Claustrophobia is designated as a situational phobia, because it is triggered by a certain situation.
People suffering from this are called Claustrophobics!
Fear of restriction:- Feeling (rather fear) of being confined to a single place- as in small rooms, locked rooms, cars, tunnels, cellars, elevators, subway trains, crowded places, caves, etc. They feel they might get stuck into it n wont be able to come out. Additionally, the fear of restriction can cause some claustrophobics to fear trivial matters such as sitting in a barber’s chair or waiting in line at a grocery store simply out of a fear of confinement to a single space.
Fear of suffocation:- Feeling they get when they r confined (real or imaginary). Even without going to anyplace like that, just the thought of it can also create panic n result in suffocation. They believe they will die with the lack of air!
The major difference between the two is, in d former they believe they would never be able to move out of place and hence start making efforts to escape or arrange an emergency escape (like, they will seek a place near the door during parties) in the latter the...
...Claustrophobia Hundreds of people go through anxiety attacks, deal with phobias, and some, a fear of enclosed spaces. Imagine dealing with one of these every single day. People do, and don't even realize that it's not just them; it is an actual problem that they can learn to cope with.
Claustrophobia is "morbid"� fear of enclosed spaces. A more accurate description might be a fear of not having an easy escape route. There still is not one actual cure for this phobia, but there are many treatments that may help you overcome your fear or improve it significantly. Any person who experiences this phobia feels a need to be able to get out or get home quickly. It is a predominating feature too. It also should be known that claustrophobia is not an illness. It is not something that you can get from being sick or any bacteria, but an idea in your head and anxiety begins to build. Some examples of a person who experiences claustrophobia would be if you were in a small, confined area like a windowless elevator, a very enclosed room, or a crowded area. Such situations may cause anxiety or even panic in some individuals. When people are in these predicaments, their symptoms are very real, and if untreated or not helped, uncontrollable. Anxiety is a natural response to stress. In some cases, phobias like claustrophobia can become out of control. This is when it becomes a problem.
Some examples of symptoms would be...
MRI machines can trigger claustrophobia and anxiety and the designers have known about this issue from the introduction of the first MRI machines. It is important to understand the specific qualities of MRI machines that trigger these reactions and it is also important to understand why the industry has not fully address this issue. The concept for this paper comes from the statistics of claustrophobia and anxiety incidents and from personal experience with claustrophobia during an MRI procedure.
The literature review demonstrated that between 5% and 10.6% of the people screened prior to an MRI scan are found to be claustrophobic, with another 7% discovering claustrophobic tendencies at the time of the procedure. Another 30% have anxiety brought on by the procedure as well.
The perspectives for this study include the perspective of the patient and the designers and engineers who design the MRI machines. The research approach is qualitative, which includes questionnaires and the personal experiences of those who have direct experience with the phenomenon as well as from the designers and engineers involved in the design of MRI machines.
The research questions are, “Based upon the information available, what specific quality or qualities about MRI machines triggers claustrophobia and anxiety?” and “The medical industry has known about MRI machines triggering claustrophobia and...