About 10% of the UK’s population suffer from claustrophobia – but what happens when it affects a normal part of everyday life, such as getting on the tube?
And more and more people are using the underground.
Passenger numbers on the Tube were up by 8 million in 2014.
This is largely because London’s population is growing and estimated to rise from 8.4 million today to around 10 million by 2030.
Transport for London explains: ‘that’s an extra Tube train full of people every three days.’
TfL say they’re meeting the challenge with modernisaton and a better service.
But it could be argued that’s not going to help people who find it difficult to cope psychologically with a perception of overcrowding and underground tunnel environments.
This feature looks at the issue of phobias – how they start, how they can be treated and what steps someone may have to take in order to put a distressing event behind them.
‘Four Walls’ paints a vivid and honest portrayal of what it’s like to live with claustrophobia.
Produced by Rosie Cutler.
Ten ways to fight your fears– NHS advice.