Fear is a natural part of life, and an important part of our evolutionary development, but extreme fears are classified as “phobias”, and one of the most serious and potentially life-altering is claustrophobia.
What is Claustrophobia?
Claustrophobia is defined as an intense fear of being enclosed in a small space or room without an escape route. Unlike some other common fears (e.g., spiders, the dark, anxiety and can result in panic attacks when people are placed in these restrictive situations.), it is often classified as an
Claustrophobia can beby everything from elevators and airplanes to subway cars and hotel rooms with that don’t open. When people are aware of their claustrophobia, they will often go to great lengths to avoid being exposed to those conditions, such as climbing dozens of flights of , rather than entering an elevator.
This intense phobia is not simply a matter of being “afraid”, but can also be caused by the size of one’s amygdala, a genetic predisposition to claustrophobia, and classical.
The symptoms of claustrophobia are similar to many other disorders or panic attacks, namely: