This condition is characterized by acute anxiety in enclosed spaces or in areas where immediate escape is not evident, such as in a crowd.

The symptoms may range from a mild discomfort to profound anxiety including panic, uncontrolled tears or screaming, sweating, palpitations and fainting.


The homeopathic remedy Aconite 6 should be kept in the pocket and used every lOmin if a situation that may encourage claustrophobia is liable to occur. Argentum nitricum 6 may also be tried.

If the condition is affecting well-being, then neurolinguistic programming, hypnotherapy or other behavioural modification techniques are usually beneficial.

Eye movement desensitization, a new branch of psychotherapy, may be very effective.