I'm writing a fic [modern times setting, bandom] on which one of the main characters suffers of claustrophobia. I made some researches and I found out about physical/mental symptoms, triggers and causes, but I still have some questions unanswered.
For example, I meant for his claustrophobia to manifest only when the elevator he's in gets stuck, not before, and I wonder if it's realistic or not [if I think about a former friend of mine, it could. It's just that I'd love to turn my assumption into fact, haha].
The second issue I have is about how to deal with his trouble until he's taken out the elevator. He's not alone, but his boyfriend has very little experience on the matter, so he can't be of much help. I assumed that Claustrophobic Guy could try and keep himself somewhat calm - I don't aim at writing a full blown panic attack, since that isn't the point of the story - but I have no idea if a person undergoing so much stress could really do it.
Thanks in advance!
ETA: thank you so much, everyone! You all have really been of help, now I have a fair idea of how I should write this part [which is good because I was awfully stuck] :)