DO YOU HAVE A FEAR OF THE DARK?
If you are having fear of the dark then you are not alone in this world. There are so many other who fear from other things. These issues have been named. Interestingly it is called Nyctophobia.
Nyctophobia is a phobia characterized by a severe fear due to darkness. It is triggered by the brain’s disfigured perception of what would, or could, happen when in a dark environment. It can also be temporarily triggered if the mind is unsteady or scared about recent events or ideas, or a partaking in content the brain considers a threat (examples could include indulging in horror content, witnessing vulgar actions, or having linked dark environments to prior events or ideas that disturb the mind).
Despite its pervasive nature, there has been a lack of etiological research on the subject. Nyctophobia is generally observed in children but, according to J. Adrian Williams’ article titled, “Indirect Hypnotic Therapy of Nyctophobia: A Case Report”, many clinics with pediatric patients have a great chance of having adults who have nyctophobia.
Treatment of Nyctophobia
Fear of the dark can be surpassed. A popular and effective treatment for darkness fear is cognitive-behavioral therapy, more commonly known as exposure therapy. This, in combination of medications to treat the worst of the phobia symptoms such as panic attack and migraines, can help someone overcome nyctophobia. Over short to long periods of time, depending on the severity of the case, therapy can help people who are scared at the thought of darkness.
People with phobias need to learn self-help methods to deal with the worst of the symptoms. Getting informed about the phobia is the first step in overcoming the fear. Learning to keep negative thoughts at bay is also helpful. Lastly, practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, yoga and muscle relaxation can help you deal with the emotional and physical symptoms of a severe phobia of the dark.
Nyctophobia treatment professionals are out there to help one deal with their worst fear. Getting informed is the first step, next it is important to find a professional who knows how to lead you down the path of recovery.
There are many other types of fears.
- A phonophobia is fear of noise.
- Carcinomatophobia is the fear of cancer.
- Paedophobia is a fear of children.
- Nyctohylophobia is the fear of dark wooded areas, or forests at night.
- Pyrophobia is the fear of fire.
- Taphephobia is the fear of being buried alive.
- Telephonophobia is the fear of telephones.
- Papaphobia is the fear of popes.
- Nycrophobia is the fear of darkness.
- Lachanophobia is the fear of vegetables.
- Entomophobia is the fear of insects.
- Eosophobia is the fear of dawn.
- Clinophobia is the fear of beds.
- A gynophobic man fears women.
- Zoophobia is the fear of animals.
- Tonsurephobia is the fear of haircuts.
- Xenophobia is the fear of strangers or foreigners.
- Phobatrivaphobia is fear of trivia about phobias.
- Arachibutyrophobia is the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.
- Triskaidekaphobia, the fear of the number thirteen. Arnold Schonberg suffered from . He died thirteen minutes from midnight on Friday the thirteenth.