If you suffer from anxiety, you may have moments when you wonder if you’re losing your grip, or “going crazy.” For some people, this is just a passing thought. For others, however, it can become a major fear. The more the idea dominates your thought process, the more it can seem like you really are going crazy.[Read more…]
If you get panicky in enclosed spaces or situations when you feel trapped, you’re not alone. Cleithrophobia is a well-understood and treatable problem. Learn more.
Cleithrophobia is a fear of being trapped. It is a “specific phobia” (as opposed to a social phobia). Cleithrophobia can affect adults or children. The disorder involves significant symptoms of fear or anxiety when one is actually trapped, fears being trapped, or thinks about being trapped. These symptoms can include:
- racing heart
- elevated respiration rate or shortness of breath
- elevated blood pressure
- dry mouth
- trembling or shaking, especially in extremities
- chest pain or muscle tension
- full panic attacks
Adults, teens, and even children can suffer from anxiety disorders. One type of anxiety characterized by panic attacks and the fear of more panic attacks is known as panic disorder (with or without agoraphobia).
Panic Disorder and Its Symptoms
Panic disorder is a potentially debilitating condition that affects between 2-3% of adults in the United States each year. It’s most common in young adults, but can affect individuals of all ages.[Read more…]
Anxiety about driving can happen for many reasons. This article breaks down the different types of fears of driving, and what helps with each.
What Is Fear of Driving (a.k.a. Driving Phobia)?
Anxiety around driving can be quite impactful for those who have it, especially those who don’t have someone else to drive them around. Driving phobia is marked by avoidance of driving, marked distress while driving, or even panic attacks when behind the wheel.[Read more…]
There are few things more unpleasant than a panic attack. Getting one to stop can be complicated, but the strategies presented below can help.[Read more…]