People with agoraphobia aren't just afraid of open spaces; they are also fearful of enclosed spaces. Being in a small hallway or on an elevator is likely to set off a panic attack, which will only further increase your fear of that environment. Because people with agoraphobia worry that some kind of harm will occur to them, the uncontrollable nature of a small space makes them uncomfortable. Since there is usually only one way to enter and exit a smaller space, it may lead them to feel trapped and overwhelmed by their lack of options. They may also feel anxious about being forced to interact with other people in these spaces.
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