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Is claustrophobia related to trauma at birth?

Sigmund Freud was first to theorize that trauma at birth was the foundation for anxiety disorders such as claustrophobia. Freud discarded that theory, however, Otto Rank, one of Freud's adherents took up the mantle.

Birth trauma is still considered by some as a potential explanation for claustrophobia, and also, what appears to be antithesis, agoraphobia - which is the fear of open places. Some think birth may be the source of agoraphobia because birth involves a sudden exposure into the wide, wide world.

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