Claustrophobia: Information, tips and help in Berlin & online

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Frequently asked question

What is claustrophobia?

Claustrophobia is a situational phobia triggered by an irrational and intense fear of confined or crowded spaces.

How common is claustrophobia?

Claustrophobia is one of the most common phobias.

What can trigger anxiety reactions when you have claustrophobia?

Claustrophobia can be triggered from the thought or circumstance of, for example:

  • being locked in a windowless room
    being stuck in a crowded elevator
    being stuck in a traffic jam on a highway

What are the consequences of avoidance behavior when suffering from claustrophobia?

People who are affected usually strive to avoid stressful situations. Especially after an anxiety or panic attack, the fear may increase. Coping strategies based on avoidance have a tendency to aggravate phobias.

Can someone with claustrophobia fly in an airplane?

Air travel can be difficult for people with claustrophobia. Practice deep breathing as soon as you board the plane. People who are in a panic tend to increase their anxiety by taking shallow, short breaths. Close your eyes, take a deep breath in through your nose, and exhale slowly. Repeat this kind of breathing until you feel calmer.

What are people with claustrophobia afraid of?

One of the most well-known phobias is claustrophobia, which is the fear of enclosed spaces. A person suffering from claustrophobia may panic when in an elevator, airplane, crowded room, or other enclosed area.



What is claustrophobia and what helps? What can help with the fear of confined spaces, where does it come from, and how can it be resolved?




Claustrophobia is usually defined as the irrational fear of confined spaces. It can be rational to fear being trapped when circumstances carry a genuine threat. However, in claustrophobia, people experience fear even when there is no obvious or realistic danger in a particular situation.

People who experience claustrophobia generally go out of their way to avoid a long list of confined spaces, including lifts, tunnels, tube trains, revolving doors, public toilets, MRI scanners, and even don’t like to wear crash helmets. Unfortunately, avoidance may reinforce the fear.

Claustrophobia may arise from a one-off trauma at any age, developed when the person was a child (for example, growing up with one or more claustrophobic parents) or emerge as someone gets older. A tenth of the population may experience claustrophobia during their lifetime.

Whether you’re afraid of elevators, rides, MRI chambers, airplanes, or other small areas, you can overcome this fear. Instead of living with heart palpitations, sweaty palms, feeling like you can barely breathe, or feeling like screaming and clawing your way out of a situation, you can change your thought processes so that these situations no longer frighten you.






Hypnotherapy with Hypnobalancing can greatly assist you. Many of my patients are able to get through treatment and then take on new hobbies and go on new adventures they would never have even dreamt of before their claustrophobia hypnosis.

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Do you know my kind of fear?

Do you know my kind of fear?

Sometimes I get telephone calls or emails with the question if I have heard about this specific type of fear before. Most of the time I can say „Yes!“ and other times I am surprised. Truth is that the list of fears and phobias is endless.

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Published: March 12, 2007
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: August 15, 2023
Translation: August 23, 2019
German version:
AN: #132

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