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What is claustrophobia?

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If you get very nervous or upset when you're in a tight place, like an elevator or crowded room, you might have claustrophobia. It's an anxiety disorder that causes an intense fear of enclosed spaces.

Some people get claustrophobia symptoms when they're in all types of closed-up areas. Others only notice the problem when they're in certain tight spaces, like inside an MRI machine.

SOURCES:

Better Health Channel: "Claustrophobia."

HealthDirect: "Claustrophobia."

Journal of Medical Signals and Sensors: "Claustrophobia game: Design and development of a new virtual reality game for treatment of claustrophobia."

National Health Service (UK): "Claustrophobia," "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy."

Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences: "Meta-analysis of functional brain imaging in specific phobia."

Radiology: "Analysis and prediction of claustrophobia during MR imaging with the Claustrophobia Questionnaire: An observational prospective 18-month single-center study of 6,500 patients."

Society of Clinical Psychology: "Exposure Therapy for Specific Phobias."

StatPearls: "Claustrophobia."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on August 3, 2020

SOURCES:

Better Health Channel: "Claustrophobia."

HealthDirect: "Claustrophobia."

Journal of Medical Signals and Sensors: "Claustrophobia game: Design and development of a new virtual reality game for treatment of claustrophobia."

National Health Service (UK): "Claustrophobia," "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy."

Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences: "Meta-analysis of functional brain imaging in specific phobia."

Radiology: "Analysis and prediction of claustrophobia during MR imaging with the Claustrophobia Questionnaire: An observational prospective 18-month single-center study of 6,500 patients."

Society of Clinical Psychology: "Exposure Therapy for Specific Phobias."

StatPearls: "Claustrophobia."

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on August 3, 2020

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