Claustrophobia is the fear of enclosed or confined spaces. It can also becoem a fear of dark rooms because the darkness itself becomes like a confining wall. It is one of many manifestations of anxiety disorder and is one of the most common phobias. You are not alone.
You may find that the intense physical responses to this frightening condition may have escalated into panic attacks. This again is common and it is part of the evolution of such phobias if they are not dealt with.
The anxiety built up by the fear of losing control becomes the actual trigger to the phobic reaction or panic attack. This can lead to avoidance of all enclosed spaces which can seriously inhibit your way of life and spill over into the lives of family and friends. Simple things that others take for granted become a major source of fear.
It becomes very difficult to lead a full life when you cannot step into a lift, car, train, bus or aeroplane. Maria Doherty remembers having to have the door to her cabin on the cross channel ferry wedged open and the lights kept on all night in order to be able to stay in it. Even then, she could not sleep. Travelling in a car was only possible if the window could be kept down - not a happy situation for the other passengers on a cold winter morning! NLP and self-hypnosis enabled her to overcome this and she has a passion for helping others to set themselves free from their phobias.