Symptoms: Friends of the Fear
Every case of fear of forests at night is a little different.
Why? Because the core of the problem – the patterns of thinking, the images, movies, sounds and dialog that are internally associated with dark wooded areas – are different in each person.
But while the ‘internal representations’ as they are called are different from person to person there are a number of symptoms which are common to many nyctohylophobes:
- A feeling of uncontrollable anxiety when you think about or are exposed to dark wooded areas
- The feeling that you must do everything possible to avoid dark wooded areas
- The inability to function normally because of your anxiety
- Often, the knowledge that your fears are unreasonable or exaggerated but feeling powerless to control them
Nyctohylophobic symptoms can be mental, emotional and physical. The anxiety and fear can go from mild feelings of apprehension to a full-blown panic attack.
Typically, the closer you are to what you’re afraid of, the greater your fear will be. You can test the severity of your problem with this 2-minute online fear of forests at night test.
But because the fear is a physical response to patterns of thinking about dark wooded areas and not the actual dark wooded areas almost all people with fear of forests at night can create a very strong reaction just by using their mind.
> For help chaging these patterns of thinking, read this article How to Overcome Fear of Forests at Night.
- Obsessive Thoughts
- Difficulty thinking about anything other than the fear
- Really bad images and/or movies of dark wooded areas
- Feelings of unreality or of being detached from yourself
- Fear of losing control or going crazy
- Fear of fainting
- Anticipatory Anxiety: Persistent worrying about upcoming events that involve dark wooded areas
- Terror: A persistent and overwhelming fear of the same
- Desire to Flee: An intense instinct to leave the situation (which is tough when its purely in the mind)
While not generally experienced at the same time as fear of forests at night episode, we find that overall when they think about their past, most clients have elevated levels of one or more of:
- Anger, Sadness, Fear, Hurt & Guilt
- Dizziness, shaking, palpitations.
- Shortness of breath or smothering sensation
- Palpitations, pounding heart, or accelerated heart rate
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Trembling or shaking
- Feeling of choking
- Nausea or stomach distress
- Feeling unsteady, dizzy, lightheaded, or faint
- Numbness or tingling sensations
- Hot or cold flashes
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DefinitionFEAR OF FORESTS AT NIGHT: (nyctohylophobia, fear of dark wooded areas, and fear of forests at night)
1: fear of forests at night: a persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of dark wooded areas, despite conscious understanding by the phobic individual and reassurance by others that there is no danger. 2: fear of forests at night: an extreme unwarranted fear and/or physical aversion to dark wooded areas.
OTHER NAMES FOR THISActually, the phobia name for Fear of Forests at Night is called nyctohylophobia. Different people call it by different names of course:
– Fear Of Dark Wooded Areas
– Fear Of Forests At Night
– Phobia Of Dark Wooded Areas
– Phobia Of Forests At Night
– Dark Wooded Areas Fear
– Forests At Night Fear
– Dark Wooded Areas Phobia
– Forests At Night Phobia