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Why Are Some People Claustrophobic?

Not having enough personal space or being in a small room can make some people feel anxious or trapped. What is claustrophobia and is there a cure?

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Claustrophobia: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments

“Claustrophobia is an anxiety disorder in which the sufferer has an irrational fear of having no escape or being closed-in. It frequently results in a panic attack and can be triggered by certain stimuli or situations.”

Psychologists closing in on causes of claustrophobic fear

“People who project their personal space too far beyond their bodies, or the norm of arm’s reach, are more likely to experience claustrophobic fear, a new study finds.”

A Single Gene Defect Causing Claustrophobia

“Surprisingly, we found that mutations affecting a single gene, encoding a stress-regulated neuronal protein, can cause claustrophobia.”
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