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Book Review



NoFearMRI.com's review of Claustrophobia - finding your way out  by Andrea Perry.

     As an MRI technologist I see people with claustrophobia on a daily basis.  It is a very real and debilitating condition that can completely alter the life of the afflicted.  In my research I have seen very few books to help those that seek relief from it.  Claustrophobia: Finding Your Way Out - Hope and Help for Those Who Fear and Avoid Confined Spaces  is a welcome addition.  It provides a wealth of information on this serious phobia that can affect more than 10% of the population.

     With candor and compassion U.K-based psychotherapist Andrea Perry unravels the facts and misconceptions surrounding this condition.  Drawing heavily on her own personal experience as a claustrophobia sufferer Ms Perry sheds much needed light on a subject that has for too long gone under the radar.  In addition to personal anecdotes Claustrophobia weaves first hand interviews and references to scientific studies in a way that is both engaging and informative.

     This book, believed to be the first book of its kind on the subject, will be a valuable reference to those who suffer from claustrophobia as well as to those who, like myself, interact with claustrophobic people on a regular basis.  Ms Perry gives a broad picture of the condition as well as specific ways to help heal.  There are five full chapters devoted to exploring ways to deal with claustrophobia, and phobias in general.  As one who has overcome claustrophobia she offers hope to those currently struggling with the condition and advice for those who can help claustrophobics, including friends and family, architects and designers, medical staff, etc.  Ms Perry also gives a very convincing reasoning as to why this condition is not entirely irrational as many people have been led to believe.

     I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to know more about claustrophobia and how to manage it.  It is a tremendous resource that would make a valuable addition to every physician office that orders an MRI.  I will be urging my fellow technologists to read this insightful book.


Perry, Andrea. Claustrophobia: finding your way out. Hope and Help for those who fear and avoid confined spaces.  1st ed. London: Worth Publishing 2008.