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:
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.