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How to Overcome Thanatophobia

Death fear is more common in elderly individuals. Thanatophobia can happen to anyone, at any age, anywhere. Most frequently it occurs in individuals who have lived a long time. The individual may fear that they will die after a certain age. Many times this fear of death is quite severe. Often, this type of anxiety is what is recognized by physicians as a panic or anxiety disorder.


What Is Thanatophobia?

Thanatophobia or “fear of death” is one of the most common anxieties. Thanatophobia can happen to anyone. It can affect both children and adults. Anyone can be scared of death, but there are two distinct types of what is often described as “death fear”.

Physical Symptoms of Thanatophobia

There are several specific physical symptoms that can indicate a person is suffering from a Thanatophobia or “fear of death” problem. These symptoms can include:

  • nausea;
  • sweating;
  • feelings of impending doom;
  • shaking;
  • other things that can occur when the individual thinks about dying.

Many times this type of anxiety is what is diagnosed as agoraphobia. This means that the individual is so afraid of dying they are unable to enjoy a normal life. This is a very serious condition.

When a person is told that they have a fear of death there is hope for them. There is help for those who suffer from what is often described as a fear of dying. In fact, help is available in the form of therapy. This helps the person learn how to face the inevitable and hopefully come to grips with their issue and what causes their fear of death.

Trypophobia Treatment

Some of the things that treatment for this condition can consist of are exposure therapy. This method involves slowly exposing a person to their fear over a period of time until the fear is no longer present. This is done over a period of weeks, months, or even years depending on the severity of the fear and how extensive it is. It is important to remember that this method has worked great for those with phobias of many different types.

Hypnotherapy is another good option. This involves talking to a licensed therapist who will help you to identify your fears and how they originate. The therapist then gives you suggestions to overcome fear. This is also usually effective, but not always, especially if the underlying cause of the anxiety is something psychological.

How to get over Thanatophobia?

The best way to overcome fear of death is through the use of stories. Stories involving a loved one, horror movies, or just general ideas about what would be horrifying. Any idea works, so long as you can imagine what it would be like to be afraid of death, and then portray that fear in your imagination.

Another good way to overcome your fears is through self-hypnosis. There are many different programs out there that you can purchase online or in a physical library. These courses deal primarily with panic disorders and the main reasons behind them, which include fear of death and other social phobias. Through hypnosis you can reprogram your mind so that you no longer fear death, and instead fear the idea of dying. These courses are quite effective, but unless you have serious phobias of this nature they probably aren’t worth your time.

One of the most popular treatments for Thanatophobia is exposure therapy. With this method you get a chance to confront your fears head on, and deal with them head-on. You’re never putting yourself into the situation to face your irrational fear of death. Instead, you get to face your irrational fear of being embarrassed or humiliated by telling a story about a person who recently passed away, or some other story that only involves death or dying. The key is to confront your fears, and this works quite well.

People often turn to the bible for help in overcoming their fears. While the bible does provide instruction and enlightenment on how to live better lives, it does not deal with specific conditions or anxiety disorders. One of the problems with using the bible as a cure is that when dealing with conditions like these you must read the entire bible (or several bibles) and understand each and every word. It can be extremely difficult to understand and comprehend. Many times people try to use the bible because they believe the anxiety causes the fear. So they read the bible to try to understand the meaning of the suffering.

Stress plays a huge role in the development of all types of phobias, so it makes sense to avoid stress as much as possible. Some of the most common phobias include agoraphobia, panic attacks, social phobias, and the list goes on. So, if you suffer from one of the above mentioned anxiety disorders, then you should look into methods of treatment.

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