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The fear of having no escape and being in closed or small spaces or rooms It is typically classified as an anxiety disorder and often results in panic attacks, and can be the result of many situations or stimuli  including elevators crowded to capacity, windowless rooms, and even tight-necked clothing.


Traumatic childhood experience (such as being trapped in a small space during a childhood game) Unpleasant experiences(such as being stuck in an elevator)


  •   Sweating
  •   Accelerated heart rate
  •   Increased blood pressure
  •   Dizziness
  •   Dry mouth
  •   Hyperventilation, or 'over-breathing'
  •   Hot flushes
  •   Shaking or trembling
  •   Butterflies in your tummy
  •   Chills
  •   Panic attacks
  •   Light-headedness
  •   Nausea
  •   Fainting
  •   Headache
  •   Numbness
  •   Fear of actual harm or illness
  •   Chocking sensation
  •   Tightness in the chest, sometimes chest pain
  •   An urge to go to the toilet
  •   Confusion and/or disorientation.
  •   Examples of small spaces that could trigger anxiety are:
  •   elevators/lifts
  •   shop changing rooms
  •   tunnels
  •   basements/cellars
  •   small rooms
  •   hotel rooms with windows that do not open
  •   revolving doors
  •   airplanes
  •   public toilets
  •   locked rooms
  •   cars - especially if they have central locking
  •   trains
  •   crowded areas
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