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What is Achluophobia?

By: Dr. Jennifer B. Baxt, DMFT, NCC, DCC

It is common for many young children to be afraid of the dark because they think that there are monsters hiding under their beds and in their closets. Other children might even be terrified of the dark because of some of the nightmares that many children will have. These sorts of fears come about as a result of things that they donít yet quite understand and this lack of understanding can be manifested into fear of the unknown, such as being afraid of the dark. Of course, this is usually easily taken care of by installing a nightlight, or the child will grow out of it as they get older and understand that there is really nothing there to be afraid of. However, there are many adults, both men and women, who have an uncontrollable fear of the dark and of what they canít see. This fear can easily develop into a phobia that is known as achluophobia. People who suffer this will often suffer symptoms such as anxiety, nervousness, insomnia and/or sweating. If a person goes on suffering this for long enough without getting the help that they need from an online counselor, they will not be able to function properly in their lives as a result of their anxiety.

For anyone who might believe they have an unhealthy fear of the dark, seeking the help of a professional such as an online therapist or online counselor would be a very good idea. If a person is not entirely sure that they actually have this phobia, there is online therapy where you can get some advice from. There are also a telephone counselor who people can talk to if they prefer talking to someone rather than using e-mail. Both of these options are easy enough to utilize for anyone seeking some advice or asking about their possible condition. While both the telephone counseling and online counseling are great options, webcam therapy might be the best choice and sure to have the best benefits. The reason for this is that an online therapist or online counselor who is able to talk to their patient can also read a personís expressions and body language. These readings combined with what the patient is describing can help the therapist to make the right diagnosis. If the diagnosis is that the patient is in fact suffering from achluophobia, then they can move on and suggest a therapy that may help the patient. There are, of course, both medicinal and non-medicinal therapies available and all have a different effect on different people because everyone is unique. Sometimes it might take a little trial and error, but the therapist will work with the patient to find the best way to help the patient get over their phobia.

There are treatments available for anyone who is suffering from achluophobia. Most people who go in for therapy are treated successfully and no longer suffer serious anxiety from the dark. This can have a huge negative impact on a personís life if it goes untreated. Seeking the help of a therapist puts a person back on the right track to improve their life.

What do you know about Achluophobia? Find out how to deal with a fear of darkness and how to get help through online counseling?

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