Friday, January 13, 2012

Cleithrophobia: The Fear of Being Locked in an Enclosed Place

Cleithrophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of being locked in an enclosed place.  This one I can relate to a certain extent.  I hate having to get in an elevator because I fear that I will get stuck in it.  If I get locked in a room I instantly panic.  I can’t even watch someone on television stuck in an enclosed space because it makes me nauseous.  Cleithrophobia is also known as Cleisiophobia.

A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.

Do you suffer from Cleithrophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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