What is Claustrophobia?

Claustrophobia is the fear of having no escape and being in closed or small spaces or rooms. The onset of claustrophobia has been attributed to many factors, including a reduction in the size of the amygdala, classical conditioning, or a genetic predisposition to fear small spaces.

One study indicates that anywhere from 5–7% of the world population is affected by severe claustrophobia, but only a small percentage of these people receive some kind of treatment for the disorder.

The term claustrophobia comes from Latin claustrum "a shut in place" and Greek ', phóbos, "fear".

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Hi I am 41 yrs old, 172cm tall and weigh 80kg. Lately i have been having panic attacks (which i havent had for 15 yrs now) and claustrophobia....

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one year after CABG I feel irritation/ slight heaviness near my heart. this is increased when I have gas/acidity especially during the night. also...

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Your heart needs to be examined as this is the frequent complain of cardiac patients when heart is not pumping properly as a result on lying down...

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hi, I have been experiencing restlessness, some uneasiness in my chest without any pain. at times, its like a little lump while breathing. this is...

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Perhaps related to claustrophobia...

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Symptoms that you describe does not seem to be related to any organic...

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