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Claustrophobia Symptoms & Diagnosis

Symptoms

Symptoms may include those typical of a panic attack :

  • Sweating
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Shortness of breath or hyperventilation
  • Trembling
  • Light-headedness or fainting
  • Nausea
  • Feelings of dread, terror, panic

Other signs of claustrophobia include:

  • Automatically and compulsively looking for exits when in a room or feeling fearful if doors are shut
  • Avoiding elevators, riding in subways or airplanes, or cars in heavy traffic
  • Standing near exits in crowded social situations

Note: If you experience any of these symptoms, do not assume it is due to claustrophobia. These symptoms may be caused by other health conditions, some of them potentially dangerous. If you experience any one of them, see your physician.

Diagnosis

Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history, and perform a physical exam. You may be referred to a psychologist, psychiatrist, or other trained mental health practitioner for further evaluation and treatment.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2022 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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