[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Claustrophobia or fear of closed spaces:
Fear of closed spaces is something all of us experience at some point or other in our lifetime. Experiencing it once in a while is different but if you are experiencing it very often, it means you are claustrophobic.

How common is claustrophobia?
Globally, around 15 to 37% of people suffer from claustrophobia.

What happens in Claustrophobia?
Typically what happens in claustrophobia is, when you enter the lift and the doors of the lift are closed, you tend to feel breathless, you feel like the air is not passing and is not enough for you. This feeling will make you panic and sweat. You want to get out of the lift and you rush out as soon as the door opens. You feel better once you step out of the closed space.

Another common instance of claustrophobia is when you are in the movies and you sit between two people, you start to think – is this air enough for all of us to breathe and you start feeling breathless, uneasy and sweaty. This might even cause palpitations. Once you walk out of the theatre, you feel better.

Some people, when they are in a room, they only feel comfortable with the door and windows open. They feel claustrophobic with closed doors and windows.

In fact, some people feel claustrophobic while travelling by flight because it is a closed capsule and they begin to panic. There are incidents when people have left the flight after sitting in the flight, they just get out of the flight, and this also causes fear of flying. Once it happens, it is difficult for them to fly anywhere and they find all kinds of excuses to avoid travel.

Allopathic approach:
(In allopathy, you are put on anti-depressants or anti-anxiety meds, these medications just help you feel less anxious as long as you take them. Once you stop the medicines, you are back to square one. These meds have their own side effects. They also suggest some therapies. How long will you take anti-anxiety and anti-depressants? These medications are just taking care of the problem but not solving it.)

Homeopathic approach:
There are wonderful medicines in homeopathy that can take care of claustrophobia. Claustrophobia is a symptom of the mind, it is a fear that is caused within the mind and homeopathic medicines basically work on the mind and take care of the fear.

We have had people who have not flown for five years, and within three months of taking the medicines they have taken International flights and people who have not been able to get into the lift for a long time and used to prefer stairs for 6 to 7 floors, they have been able to get onto the lift. Yes, it is possible. We have been able to help hundreds of people with claustrophobia.

People who are already on allopathic medicines:
(We make them stop their allopathic medication and we ask them to take Homeopathy for three months. In some cases where you have been taking allopathic meds for a long period of time, we start homeopathic medicines along with allopathy, and over a period of time, we taper off their allopathic medicines.)

What happens if you don’t treat claustrophobia?
(If left alone, the fear of closed spaces keeps increasing, you will reach a stage where you cannot get into a lift, take a flight, stay in closed or crowded spaces. It becomes traumatic to do anything.)

Diet restrictions:
(There are no diet restrictions to follow.)

Do’s and Don’ts:
There is nothing you can do about it because it is a state of mind. Give us a little time to sort this problem and we will take care of you. You will be able to watch movies, be in closed rooms, take a lift, and board a flight within a few months.

We also give an SOS in the initial stages, which you can use before you travel or when you feel anxious, it will immediately calm you and you will have a happy journey.

What would I do if I were in your place?
I would definitely not start on allopathic medicines, I know that I am not risking anything by giving Homeopathy around 3 to 6 months to try and get rid of claustrophobia.

Trust me, nothing is going to happen to you in these three to six months’ time. But if these medicines can help you avoid allopathic medicines and take care of your fear for the rest of your life, isn’t it worth giving it a try?

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Hussain Kaisrani (aka Ahmad Hussain) is a distinguished Psychotherapist & Chief Consultant at Homeopathic Consultancy, Lahore, Learn More

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