Cleithrophobia or Cleisiophobia actually refers to the irrational, persistent and abnormal fear of being locked in an enclosed space.

Normally, the person with cleithrophobia or cleisiophobia when having thoughts to being trapped in a small, enclosed space like that in an elevator, comfort room for single person, or the like does experience great fear accompanied by anxiety and at times even some panic attacks.

Symptoms of Cleithrophobia or Cleisiophobia

More often than not, an individual suffering from cleithrophobia or cleisiophobia experiences symptoms that eventually cause distress and trouble.

Normally, the symptoms include rapid breathing, nervousness, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and overall feelings of dread. At times, some other symptoms may also be felt depending on the severity of the disorder.

Possible Causes of Cleithrophobia or Cleisiophobia

Cause of cleithrophobia or cleisiophobia together with some other phobias is still not clearly ascertained. According to some studies, development and occurrence of cleithrophobia or cleisiophobia might have evolved from a malfunction in the brain or a deficiency in a certain vital brain chemical.

On the other hand, some other studies say, that phobias like cleithrophobia or cleisiophobia might have also taken place due to some tragic or traumatic events that have happened somewhere in the past. In the case of cleithrophobia or cleisiophobia, it might be an event where in there’s trapping and all in a small, enclosed space.

Treatments for Cleithrophobia or Cleisiophobia

There are two kinds of treatment for cleithrophobia or cleisiophobia: potent drugs and therapies.

Potent drugs are often treated as the first line of treatment for phobias like cleithrophobia or cleisiophobia. However, in real sense, these drugs do not cure or treat the disorder at all, instead just the symptoms. They also have side effects and may cause withdrawal effects if abruptly stopped.

Therapies on the other hand, are effective, yet time consuming. They normally last for weeks and even months and at times require the patient to be exposed repeatedly to their fear which is somehow both a good and bad idea.

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1 Comment to Cleithrophobia/Cleisiophobia

  1. someone whose curious

    I believe to have this condition (Cleithrophobia) I was locked in a traveling trunk at a young age by an older sibling for quite some time.

    I do not exibit any symptoms in a closed space or small area, I’ve had two experiences where I was unable to escape (a room, and a truck with broken door handles) and I’ve become extremely emotional with increased heartrate, heavy breathing, and frantic thought processing.

    This lasted 10-15 minutes till I was able to get my emotion and thoughts in check. Other than those two times I’ve never experienced any type of fear of that kind.

    Is this still classified of Cleithrophobia?

    I’d like to know.

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