Do You Have Death Anxiety? (Thanatophobia)



Thanatophobia is a form of anxiety characterized by a fear of death or the process of dying.

Death anxiety is not defined as a distinct disorder.

However it may be linked to other anxiety or depression disorders that include:

post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
panic disorders and panic attacks
iIlness anxiety disorders

Thanatophobia is different from necrophobia.

Necrophobia is a general fear of dying or dead things or things associated with death.

In the Greek language, the word ‘Thanatos’ refers to death and ‘phobos’ means fear.

Thanatophobia translates to the fear of death.

Having some anxiety about death is normal.

However, for some people thinking about their own death or dying can cause intense fear and anxiety.

People may feel extreme fear and anxiety when they consider that death is inevitable.

They may also experience fear or separation, worrying about leaving people behind and fear of dealing with loss.

When these fears interfere with daily life it’s known as thanatophia.

These fears and feelings can stop people from doing daily actives and even leaving their own homes.

These fears result in people avoiding things that could result in death.

The fear of death is considered a phobia if the fear:
* arises almost every time a person thinks about dying
* persists for more than 6 months
* gets in the way of everyday life or relationships

Key symptoms that a person may have a phobia of dying include:
* immediate fear or anxiety when thinking about dying or the process of dying
* panic attacks that can cause dizziness, hot flushes, sweating, and a raised or irregular heart rate
* avoidance of situations where thinking about death or dying may be necessary
* feeling sick or getting stomach pains when thinking about death or dying
* general feelings of depression or anxiety

Phobias can lead to a person feeling isolated and avoiding contact with friends and family for extended periods of time.

Do you have death anxiety also known as thanatophobia?

How does it affect your life?

What are your fears about death?

Let us know in the comments down below.

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