This is not a whim, but a phobia that affects between 2% and 5% of the population, mainly women, states psychologist Sergio García in an interview with EFE Salud.
These figures show the number of people suffering from symptoms such as a choking feeling, chest pressure, feeling stunned, and excessive sweating when they are in an enclosed space. Because of this, people with claustrophobia tend to avoid places like tunnels, basements, elevators, movie theaters, and even buses.
The psychologist explains that in these cases, psychotherapy can help channel these emotions so that they are less limiting for the individual. “An analysis needs to be done on how the symptoms are produced in order to provide strategies that solve them and address the true motives that have triggered this disorder,” concludes Sergio García.
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