Agoraphobia & Claustrophobia
Agoraphobia is a type of phobia that causes an individual to experience intense anxiety and fear about not being able to escape a situation, or of being in places where help may be unavailable. Triggering situations commonly include being in large crowds or on public transport such as the underground.
Claustrophobia on the other hand, although similarly a type of phobia, is defined by intense anxiety and fear triggered by being in confined spaces.
Whilst it is entirely normal to feel anxious about certain situations, for those of you experiencing Agoraphobia or Claustrophobia, you will likely experience excessive levels of fear and anxiety, which are likely disproportionate to the actual level of danger posed by the situation. This fear reaction however often feels out of our control and automatic. Consequently, these phobias can have a hugely debilitating impact on your quality of life, wellbeing and ability to function in day-to-day life.
It is not uncommon for Agoraphobia and Claustrophobia to be accompanied by panic attacks and other uncomfortable physical symptoms of anxiety including:
- a racing heart(palpitations)
- feeling dizzy or faint
- finding it hard to swallow
- trembling or shaking
- pain or discomfort in your chest
- struggling to breathe
- numbness and pins and needles
Treatment for Agoraphobia & Claustrophobia
The evidence shows that Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is highly effective in the treatment of both Agoraphobia and Claustrophobia, and in reducing the impact that these phobias have on your life. These phobias can be treated in both one-to-one or group therapy options.
We’re here to help. If you would like to enquire about treatment for either Agoraphobia or Claustrophobia at the Fitzrovia Psychology Clinic, please contact us to arrange an assessment.