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    Because I have claustrophobia.

    I think its getting worse :/
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    It depends. I've got a pretty bad fear of flying, and having been forced to endure many a flight, it hasn't helped me one little bit - indeed, it's made things worse.

    That said, I'm not sure. Set up a controlled situation where you've got someone nearby to haul you out in case you fall to pieces, and then force yourself to be in a confined space for a period of time. No real harm will come to you, as the other person will be there, and it may help.

    Or go see a psychiatrist. *shrug*.
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    no- hasnt helped for me anyways. Mine is fear of dogs btw.
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    It depends, with me I find that if I face phobias but face them on a regular basis it helps however if I just face it once and then go back into that circle of avoidance it can get worse :sigh:
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    I have a real bad phobia of birds.
    I was forced into a large walk-in bird cage with loads of little birds around me and seriously, it made my phobia so much worse.

    I know you can get hypotised? I'm not sure if it works though. Even speaking to your GP about it can help. Infact, I would highly recommend you see your GP and make him understand the impact it is having upon your life.

    Lastly, I think you shoud kip on the sofa tonight. Poor you :console:

    Edit: sorry for the spelling mistakes. I think I fixed them all. I'm knackered and I think I had better be off to be myself now.
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    Yes, this is the basis of the treatment for phobias and is done in a controlled environment. Phobias are the most successfully treated psychological problems.
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    Hasnt worked for me, i have an intense fear of heights and went to the top of blackpool tower a few weeks back to confront it. Then next thing you know, a 16 year old is crying like a baby and being escorted down while people cover there eyes. Yeah, that was me.
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    (Original post by milesofsea)
    Because I have it bad when it comes to claustrophobia. We have guests round and theyre sleeping in my room, so Ive been put in the spare bedroom, its really tiny, and worst of all, the beds a top bunk kids one, and the ceilings so close to my face and the space seems so tight (it probably isnt that small) I really hate it
    I was trying to sleep just now but got so worked up hot and panicky I had to come downastairs, go outside into the garden and calm down. So now im sat here with all the lights on :o:

    I know I probably sound silly but theres nothing that scares me as much as being in a small space. Even when I think about it I get really upset, Id honestly rather be bitten by a snake or covered in spiders.

    Is facing a fear like this really going to help? Because I think its getting worse :/
    Facing your phobias can help but it does depend

    If the phobia is something that causes major anxiety then no its not a good idea to face it out right straight away as it will make you worse

    Facing a phobia slowly step by step can help though in that situation
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    I hope so. Im going to face my phobia of flying by going on a long haul flight. It better work!
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    I got over my phobia of dogs by facing them, but still cannot bear heights. I'm fine with rollercoasters because I know i'm all strapped in and will come down after a few minuites, but climbing a tower or even a hill brings me to tears

    i went on holiday with the fam last year and there was this building with a tower at the top. this tower had steps around the outside leading to the top. my parents dragged me up there giving the 'it's not bad, you're perfectly safe, there's metal rails to hold you in'

    I stepped out of the door at the bottom of the steps (about 5m off the ground) leading to the top and froze - literally grabbing onto the wall and screaming. NOT a good look for a 16 yr old!

    in my experience, you can help a phobia of animals on your own by confronting it, but with heights or confined spaces, you need to either avoid these circumstances or seek professional help

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    Hasnt worked for me, i have an intense fear of heights and went to the top of blackpool tower a few weeks back to confront it. Then next thing you know, a 16 year old is crying like a baby and being escorted down while people cover there eyes. Yeah, that was me.
    i feel your pain!
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    I'd honestly say facing your fears can sometimes help, but like several posts above, I have a fear of flying - and flying has never nullified that fear. Interestingly, however, one of my fears is dying, so when I face that fear, I think I will overcome it :o:

    (Original post by milesofsea)
    I know I probably sound silly but theres nothing that scares me as much as being in a small space. Even when I think about it I get really upset, Id honestly rather be bitten by a snake or covered in spiders.
    Doesn't sound silly at all. Everyone has fears, and if they don't, then I don't think they're much human, or just they're a lot braver than you or I. Being in a small space can be a bit daunting, and thinking about it negatively can't help. My suggestion is to think of, not the negative side, but instead of thinking it's small, use a different adjective, like cosy. Apparently, the most important thing for people with claustrophobia is to practice good, deep breathing techniques. It calms the nerves, and gives you something else to concentrate on. It may sound simple, and naive, but it will probably help a lot.

    Good luck with it :yy:
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    (Original post by MazMaz)
    I got over my phobia of dogs by facing them, but still cannot bear heights. I'm fine with rollercoasters because I know i'm all strapped in and will come down after a few minuites, but climbing a tower or even a hill brings me to tears

    i went on holiday with the fam last year and there was this building with a tower at the top. this tower had steps around the outside leading to the top. my parents dragged me up there giving the 'it's not bad, you're perfectly safe, there's metal rails to hold you in'

    I stepped out of the door at the bottom of the steps (about 5m off the ground) leading to the top and froze - literally grabbing onto the wall and screaming. NOT a good look for a 16 yr old!

    in my experience, you can help a phobia of animals on your own by confronting it, but with heights or confined spaces, you need to either avoid these circumstances or seek professional help


    i feel your pain!
    WOW... I'm glad you've overcome your fear of dogs. I just don't think I'll be able to.
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    x-o Heva, the sofa was looking good to me too for tonight lol, and for the next 5 days :/
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    (Original post by MazMaz)
    in my experience, you can help a phobia of animals on your own by confronting it, but with heights or confined spaces, you need to either avoid these circumstances or seek professional help


    i feel your pain!

    Thus is what I was thinking. There just doesnt seem to be a solution to my phobia
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    (Original post by MazMaz)
    I got over my phobia of dogs by facing them, but still cannot bear heights. I'm fine with rollercoasters because I know i'm all strapped in and will come down after a few minuites, but climbing a tower or even a hill brings me to tears

    i went on holiday with the fam last year and there was this building with a tower at the top. this tower had steps around the outside leading to the top. my parents dragged me up there giving the 'it's not bad, you're perfectly safe, there's metal rails to hold you in'

    I stepped out of the door at the bottom of the steps (about 5m off the ground) leading to the top and froze - literally grabbing onto the wall and screaming. NOT a good look for a 16 yr old!

    in my experience, you can help a phobia of animals on your own by confronting it, but with heights or confined spaces, you need to either avoid these circumstances or seek professional help


    i feel your pain!
    Lol yeah its not the fact that ya perfectly safe, i just imagine that i will slip and fall and imagine myself falling. Dont get me started on hills, its honestly horrible. Its good you got rid of your fear of dogs, i still havent. Every morning i get chased by one in my **** area and been bitten 3 times, hence my fear.
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    (Original post by habski)
    WOW... I'm glad you've overcome your fear of dogs. I just don't think I'll be able to.
    i've not overcome it, but i am definitely a LOT better. I used to be petrified and if a dog was in the same field then i'd run away haha
    must have looked like a right fool :p:

    it took about 12 years, but i gradually introduced myself to my aunties labrador, he was old so very calm. i was eventually able to sit in a room with him there and could stroke him etc. (this must sound so stupid to people who don't have any phobias!)
    now if i'm walking somewhere and spot a dog, i still tense up but no longer run away screaming!

    i don't think it's something you can ever overcome and it's something that only people with the same phobia will understand. my phobia rubbed off on my younger brother - he saw how i reacted around dogs and copied - but at least we can cower in the corner together

    i'd suggest gently easing yourself in by visiting a very calm/tame dog frequently, it's a horrid thing to have, i wish you the best of luck!
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    I'm scared of being in places that I know I can't get out of easily should things go wrong. Being made to go in lifts and stuff hasn't lessened my fear in any way, but it also hasn't made it worse.
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    I suppose if you continue to face them it does otherwise you might just relapse and things would get worse.
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    (Original post by MazMaz)
    i've not overcome it, but i am definitely a LOT better. I used to be petrified and if a dog was in the same field then i'd run away haha
    must have looked like a right fool :p:

    it took about 12 years, but i gradually introduced myself to my aunties labrador, he was old so very calm. i was eventually able to sit in a room with him there and could stroke him etc. (this must sound so stupid to people who don't have any phobias!)
    now if i'm walking somewhere and spot a dog, i still tense up but no longer run away screaming!

    i don't think it's something you can ever overcome and it's something that only people with the same phobia will understand. my phobia rubbed off on my younger brother - he saw how i reacted around dogs and copied - but at least we can cower in the corner together

    i'd suggest gently easing yourself in by visiting a very calm/tame dog frequently, it's a horrid thing to have, i wish you the best of luck!
    Thank you!!! I know exactly what you are talking about. I hate being anywhere near a dog. I thought i was the only one.
    If I see a dog, it would be the epicentre of my attention lol. I would freeze for like a split second. Pretty sure you know what I mean.
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    Yes, WITH the help of a psychologist.

    Doing it on your own will only freak you out more. You need a graded exposure program. It's very effective.
 
 
 
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