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What is Claustrophobia?


A dark cave - claustrophobes beware!

If you’re new to my site, basically whenever I have a question (or I get one on desk at work) I answer it here. Today I got asked for an actual definition of claustrophobia.

According to the DSM IV claustrophobia is defined as an “intense fear of enclosed spaces.” Or tight spaces, or suffocating spaces, etc. Common triggers are elevators, phone booths (are those still around), tight hallways, and of course, coffins and teeny tiny corridors in the dank of deep caves. And watching The Descent.

Combine it with taphophobia, the fear of being buried alive, and you’ve got a recipe for pure panic. Although you’d probably be okay stacking it with bananaphobia.

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