Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Lygophobia: The Fear of Darkness

Lygophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of darkness.  Being afraid of the dark is a common fear in children, but when it continues into adulthood in can be extremely disruptive.  It is triggered by the thought of the things that can lurk in the dark.
A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.
Do you suffer from Lygophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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