HELP WITH FEAR OF THUNDER, THUNDERSTORMS AND LIGHTNING WITH HYPNOTHERAPY IN CENTRAL LONDON, READING AND DIDCOT
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An individual suffering from this phobia will at certain times of the year, or under certain conditions – constantly watch the weather channel to ensure all is fine with the weather. In event of an adverse and under the ‘bad’ weather forecast, the astraphobic person might panic and experience severe anxiety. A variety of psychological and physical symptoms might be present including:
SYMPTOMS OF FEAR OF THUNDER AND LIGHTNING:
- Fainting/passing out for hours
- Sweating, trembling and shaking
- Rapid heart rate, shallow breathing
- Gasping, feeling like being choked
- Hiding in basement, bathroom, closet
- Constantly watching out for signs of storm, gluing oneself to the TV set particularly to the weather channel
- Crying or seeking constant assurance during a storm
- Closing windows, doors and curtains and trying to block out sounds of the storm.
- Nausea, vomiting and gastrointestinal distress (shitting)
- Freezing, refusing to move from the place due to the fear of thunder/lightning striking him.
- Having thoughts of death
Astraphobia can in some cases lead to agoraphobia where the individual refuses to leave his home on account of his fear of lightning and thunder.
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THE FEAR OF THUNDERSTORMS IN CHILDREN (AS WELL AS ADULTS)
For lots of people, the fear of lightning and thunder starts at an early age, when as children, we would often hide under the covers during a serious storm or go to our parents. Brontophobia/Astraphobia can be especially overwhelming for small children. Many scared children feel powerless during bad weather, and their mothers and fathers often feel helpless to help them cope with their fears.
Even in spite of its frequency and likelihood that the fear would have begun in someone as a young child, brontophobia can develop at any time in life, frequently after someone has an experience such as getting shocked, which recalls a lightning strike. A traumatic event such as surviving a hurricane may also cause an intense fear of storms.