Claustrophobia is a specific phobia of tight, enclosed, or crowded spaces. A person with claustrophobia experiences intense fear and anxiety when triggered. This can lead to avoidance of situations that may trigger the fear and have negative effects on quality of life, including avoiding some healthcare procedures.
Claustrophobia is a type of specific phobia. Specific phobias are classified as anxiety disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5). A specific phobia is an intense and irrational fear of something that doesn’t pose any danger.
For someone with claustrophobia, this means experiencing intense and irrational fear in a confined or crowded situation that is, otherwise, safe.
If you have claustrophobia, know that you are not alone. Approximately 7.4% of people will experience a specific phobia such as claustrophobia in…