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This Is What I Fear #3 - Astraphobia

You start getting scared as the skies turn grey, it starts raining and then it starts to thunder. Flashes of light come from your window and you start to feel numb all over you body. This is Astraphobia. Also known as astrapophobia, tonitrophobia or brontophobia, this phobia is super common in kids but usually gets better as they grow older.

Even though being in a condition with a lot of loud noises such as thunder is a common reason of fear for most, Astraphobia is accompanied by extreme fear where the person loses most control of their body. A few common symptoms are extreme sweating, numbness, having trouble breathing and even uncontrollable crying in some cases.
There are a few ways of treating Astraphobia which include but are not limited to CBT (Cognitive behavioral therapy), Exposure Therapy, taking Anxiety Medication and a few stress management techniques such as meditation. If you feel like you suffer from Astraphobia, please speak to a medical professional ASAP. Good Luck!

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