Dr. Oz: Fear of Elevators
Dr. Oz talked to Lisa, a woman with a debilitating fear of elevators. Lisa said that elevators make her heart race. She doesn’t like the idea of being confined in a little box. She worries about getting stuck. She avoid them whenever she can. When she stays at hotels, she asks to be on the first floor. If she has to have a room on the second or third floor, she takes the stairs.
But now, she wants to conquer her fear. Can Dr. Oz help her?
Dr. Oz: How to Conquer Fears
Lisa joined Dr. Oz in the studio and told him that she feels that this fear limits her. Sometimes, she feels so scared she worries she might pass out. Dr. Oz introduced Dr. Todd Farchione, who said the first step to overcoming a fear is to change the way we respond to the thing we’re afraid of. A lot of times, we become closed off when we approach the thing the we’re afraid of. Instead of doing this, we should we strike a pose different than what we feel inside. For example, a fearful pose can strike a Superman pose. Calming the breaths is also important.
“This thing is not really dangerous. And the behaviors have to reflect that,” Dr. Farchione said.
He also said that it’s important to ask yourself what evidence you have to support your fears. What are the odds you will get stuck in an elevator, for instance? And what’s the worst possible thing to happen? If that happened, can you manage it? Make a plan to meet your fears head on.
Dr. Oz: Woman Faces Her Elevator Fear
Lisa confronted her elevator fear right there on Dr. Oz’s show. They walked her to the elevator and talked her through stepping into the edge of the elevator. Dr. Oz held her hand.
She said that when she was a child, she got stuck in an elevator with her mom. They were stuck there for a half hour. This is where her fear originated. Lisa said that she remembered looking at the expressions of the adults all around her and it terrified her.
They talked her into moving further into the elevator. Dr. Oz asked her if she would be comfortable going one floor up the elevator. After some discussion, she agreed. They went one floor up. She seemed to feel a lot better once she reached the next floor and seemed happy that she conquered her fear.