The fear of death could be considered as a universal feeling. Most people globally understand that people’s lives have a beginning but also an end. It is normal for people of any age to express fear of the possibility of dying at any time. Life is a commodity that has an invaluable value that many know how to appreciate.

Considering the above, it is natural to think that some people may feel suffering and anxiety when talking about this topic. As is known, annually the statistics not only record births but also deaths; therefore this is a fact that is unavoidable.

When the perception of discomfort, anxiety and refused to talk about death manifests itself through exacerbated reactions, it could be the manifestation of a phobia. These mental conditions condition people to react uncontrollably to what they fear the most, in this case death can represent a significant challenge for certain individuals, becoming the phobia known as thanatophobia.

It is considered one of the rare phobias because it is a little bit the registered cases of this type. However, the possibility of eventually developing some type of phobia in a certain period of a person’s life should not be ruled out. Many factors can influence a person to begin to experience the symptoms of this condition, below we will delve into what are its characteristics, causes and treatment.

What is thanatophobia? 

Thanatophobia is described as one of the types of phobia that are associated with anxiety disorders. It is characterized by the persistent and irrational fear of death , not only as a theme but also as a possibility that can occur at any time. This means that the affected people constantly think that they can die, they obsess over topics such as cemeteries, hospitals, coffins and any other aspect related to death itself.

As with other types of phobias, thanatophobia becomes a limitation for the person who suffers from it. These people constantly focus their thoughts on this issue, therefore they cannot lead a normal life because they fear suffering some kind of accident or unexpected death.

Even cultural elements typical of some festivities such as Halloween can become a problem for these individuals. Any object, celebration or reference used to mention death in its different facets is something that people with thanatophobia totally avoid.

What are the characteristics of thanatophobia? 

This phobias is mainly characterized by you will begin to experience anxiety symptoms once the topic of death comes up. This means that patients are unable to join a conversation that revolves around death, consequently drastic changes will be observed in the affected person’s behavior that are a clear symptom of their anxiety and anguish.

Another common characteristic of these cases are the obsessive thoughts that are associated with the death itself. Affected people describe that they cannot have control over their thoughts, consequently they live with anguish because they are conditioned by this phobia.

Behavior that they externalize can vary in each case, it is important to mention that each person develops this phobia in a particular way. For example, some may adopt avoidance behaviors in the face of any stimulus that may be related to death. On the other hand, some others could simply become paralyzed due to the impact it has on them on an emotional level.

It is common for the mood of patients to be depressed . You constantly experience panic attacks in an unforeseen way, in the same way you experience anguish at different levels. Finally, it is possible to mention some other symptoms that are a consequence of the aforementioned; one of the most common is having difficulty falling asleep.

What are your causes? 

Multiple factors can influence the eventual development of an aesthetic condition. Different hypotheses are handled with the same degree of validity which, however, are not applicable to all cases. One of the most common theories proposes the possibility that traumatic personal experiences are the point of origin. Especially those that were related to the death of a loved one or simply having witnessed an unfortunate event that resulted in the death of a person.

It is inevitable that the minds of people are recorded aesthetic facts, so it is important not to ignore any change in the pattern of thought or behavior of people once they have survived situations of this type. This becomes more relevant when it comes to unresolved duels , this becomes a pathology that gives rise to the fear of death. When people fail to face grief directly and adequately, they will later associate this situation with suffering and death.

Also some consider that this is a fear learned by cultural or social influence . Some fears are the product of information received through experience or observational learning. In this way, any situation or person in the environment will serve as references.

Similarly, it is important to mention social taboos . In some sectors or regions of the world death is considered a normal stage of life, however for some others it is not an easy subject to talk about. It is normal that within these contexts it is a topic that is avoided, consequently some individuals could create false beliefs in relation to it.

What is your treatment? 

To treat this condition, a psychological evaluation must be carried out previously to allow a more precise approach to be made regarding the psychological state of the patient. Thanatophobia is a condition that is usually treated through cognitive behavioral therapy, which is characterized by trying to restructure the thoughts that remain associated with the fear of death.

In the same way, it is always advisable to teach patients various relaxation techniques. In this way, in the future, they will be able to cope with the anxiety and anguish that they may experience during a panic attack.

Another technique that also provides good results is known as direct exposure . This is a therapy that works through gradual exposure to phobic fear, to do it correctly, several sessions should be carried out where the patient is gradually exposed.

For some patients, treatment can become a more complicated process compared to others. It is important that during the therapy sessions it is found that the origin of the development of this condition, in this way there is a rational basis that allows us to understand in a better way what exactly the person fears.

To do this, it is determined whether this is a symptom or a cause . That is, the phobia reveals which are the situations that most affect the life of the patient, so desensitization becomes an important tool for therapists.

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Alexa Clark specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has experience in listening and welcoming in Individual Therapy and Couples Therapy. It meets demands such as generalized anxiety, professional, love and family conflicts, stress, depression, sexual dysfunction, grief, and adolescents from 15 years of age. Over the years, She felt the need to conduct the psychotherapy sessions with subtlety since She understands that the psychologist acts as a facilitator of self-understanding and self-acceptance, valuing each person's respect, uniqueness, and acceptance.

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