Claustrophobia, generally understood to be a fear of confined spaces (such as elevators, closets, MRI machines, even small bedrooms) is one of the most widely known phobias. It’s also one of the most visible phobias, with millions of Americans reportedly dealing with some degree of claustrophobia.
But there’s less knowledge of the various ways in which claustrophobia can be effectively treated. Contrary to popular opinion on the matter, there are several fairly consequential ways to target and treat claustrophobia symptoms, such as becoming anxious when confined to relatively small spaces. So, what are some of these useful treatment options?
1. Consult your family doctor
It sounds fairly obvious, but the most important step in treating claustrophobia is working with your family doctor to identify the extent of your issue and determine the best next course of action.
Based on your conversations with a family doctor, or general practitioner (GP), you can determine if you should consult with a psychologist, psychiatrist, social worker, or some other specialist with expertise treating claustrophobia. A GP may also be helpful in determining if your claustrophobia is linked to any other conditions, such as depression or general anxiety.