Medical Specialties: Family practice, Internal medicine
Claustrophobia is a persistent, irrational fear of enclosed spaces. The phobia, a type of anxiety disorder, triggers reactions and anxiety symptoms such as dizziness, nausea and tachycardia, which results in avoidance of situations or objects that trigger it. Desensitization, medication and cognitive therapy can help.
Claustrophobia is fear of certain enclosed spaces that trigger anxiety symptoms such as dizziness, a pounding heart, nausea and trembling. Being exposed to an enclosed space or even thinking about the exposure can cause an anxiety reaction. Fear of caves, elevators, tunnels, and closed MRI scanners are typical examples.