Anxiety: Episode Three

Thunderstorms, strong winds and heavy rain = major anxiety for me. I don’t know where it stems from or if there’s anything that triggered it.

Astraphobia, also known as astrapophobia, brontophobia, keraunophobia, or tonitrophobia is an abnormal fear of thunder and lightning

I didn’t realise it could be considered a phobia until someone suggested it. After doing some research and intensive reading, I concluded that yepppppp it was in fact a bonafide phobia. I’ve just grabbed a ‘symptoms’ list from another site for you to check out:

Physical symptoms

People with phobias often have physical symptoms. People with phobias often have panic attacks. Panic attacks can be very frightening and distressing. The symptoms often occur suddenly and without warning.

As well as overwhelming feelings of anxiety, a panic attack can cause physical symptoms, such as:

– trembling
– hot flushes or chills
– shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
– a choking sensation
– rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
– pain or tightness in the chest
– a sensation of butterflies in the stomach
– nausea
– headaches and dizziness
– feeling faint
– numbness or pins and needles
– dry mouth
– a need to go to the toilet
– ringing in your ears
– confusion or disorientation

Psychological symptoms

In severe cases, you may also experience psychological symptoms, such as:

– fear of losing control
– fear of fainting
– feelings of dread
– fear of dying

I remember one particular occasion when I was home alone (being alone in bad weather makes my anxiety skyrocket) and how I just totally shut down. I live in England so we don’t get hurricanes, tornadoes or anything that extreme. But a thunderstorm on any scale sets me off. I couldn’t focus on anything. I had to turn all electronic stuff off to help me feel more at ease. I hid in the downstairs toilet as it doesn’t have any windows. I genuinely felt like I couldn’t handle it; I felt like I was going to snap and completely lose control. I’ve spoken about it in my CBT sessions and, whilst that’s helped a bit, my anxiety will still kick in if it’s possibly going to be stormy at night or if I might be home alone. The only things I can do to ease it are distractions and shutting the world out; loud music, colouring or puzzles, closing the curtains etc. Until I find a better way of coping, that’s all I’ve got.

Adiós amigos.

Kelsey x

Author: thosedarkpages

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