Symptoms: Friends of the Fear
Every case of tonitrophobia 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 thunder and lightning – 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 astraphobes:
- A feeling of uncontrollable anxiety when you think about or are exposed to thunder and lightning
- The feeling that you must do everything possible to avoid thunder and lightning
- 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
Astraphobic 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 tonitrophobia test.
But because the fear is a physical response to patterns of thinking about thunder and lightning and not the actual thunder and lightning almost all people with tonitrophobia can create a very strong reaction just by using their mind.
> For help chaging these patterns of thinking, read this article How to Overcome Tonitrophobia.
- Obsessive Thoughts
- Difficulty thinking about anything other than the fear
- Really bad images and/or movies of thunder and lightning
- 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 thunder and lightning
- 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 tonitrophobia 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
Or learn more about Tonitrophobia:
DefinitionTONITROPHOBIA: (astraphobia, astrapophobia, brontophobia, keraunophobia, ceraunophobia, tonitrophobia, fear of thunder and lightning)
1: tonitrophobia: a persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of thunder and lightning, despite conscious understanding by the phobic individual and reassurance by others that there is no danger. 2: tonitrophobia: an extreme unwarranted fear and/or physical aversion to thunder and lightning.
OTHER NAMES FOR THISActually, the phobia name for Tonitrophobia is called astraphobia. Different people call it by different names of course:
– Fear Of Thunder
– Fear Of Lightning
– Fear Of Thunderstorms
– Fear Of Thunder Storms
– Fear Of Storm
– Phobia Of Thunder
– Phobia Of Lightning
– Phobia Of Thunder Storm
– Phobia Of Thunder Storms
– Phobia Of Storm
– Thunder Fear
– Lightning Fear
– Thunder Storm Fear
– Thunder Storms Fear
– Storm Fear
– Thunder Phobia
– Lightning Phobia
– Thunderstorms Phobia
– Thunder Storms Phobia
– Storm Phobia
– Fear Of Storms
– Fear Of Weather