Phobias should never be taken very lightly. Because, all phobias can to some degree limit a persons daily activities and are in some cases the root cause that make someone experience anxiety and leading up all the way to depression.
The People that are suffering from phobias, are most of the times purposely avoid coming into contact with what it is that triggers them to experience fear or anxiety. For example people that suffer from Taphosphobia, which is a of things phobia, try to avoid not only the exact objects or situations that trigger it but sometimes in severe cases the thought of those thing all together.
There have been a lot of cases in which an individual has develop a phobia from the grave where they become fearful of experiencing anxiety itself because it would make them feel very uncomfortable.
A person doesn't necessarily need to be in a situation exposed to the grave to experience Taphosphobia. The brain doesn't have to be in that situation to experience the symptoms of panic. A persons brain is capable of creating a reaction to fearsome situations even when the subject is not actually in that situation.
People are different and so are all the types of phobias someone might suffer from. So the symptoms also vary strongly on the severity in which an individual is experiencing these fears. But generally speaking, of things phobias and fears such as Taphosphobia fall under the category of anxiety disorders. Meaning that a person can experience any if not all of the below mentioned physical and/or psychological symptoms.
People with fear of the grave often experience panic attacks. These panic attacks can be extremely frightening and distressing for the person suffering from those. These symptoms most of the time happen suddenly and without any prior signs or warnings. No matter how overwhelming feelings of anxiety, a panic attack can cause real physical symptoms, such as but not limited to the ones below:
- 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
- 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
- tightness in the chest/chest pain and difficulty breathing
- rise in blood pressure
In some very severe cases, a person suffering a panic attack triggered from Taphosphobia. Usually when exposed to its triggers such as the grave. Can have one/or all of the following symptoms.
- fear of losing control
- fear of fainting
- feelings of dread
- fear of dying
- fear of harm or illness
- guilt, shame, self-blame
- Withdrawing from others
- Feeling sad or hopeless
- Feeling disconnected
- Confusion, difficulty concentrating
- Anger, irritability, mood swings
- anxiety and fear
Treatment of Taphosphobia
For many individual who are suffering from the grave - Taphosphobia. Don't always feel the need of treatment because they can just avoid the object of their fear. This gives people suffering from Taphosphobia a feeling of control on the problem. But sometimes avoiding the grave might not be possible or enough.
It is important for someone to always seek professional help when possible. This way you don't lose time and do a better job and understanding what is happening. With understanding you can next move on to overcoming your fear of the grave.
While most phobias are curable, there is no single treatment available for all of them, or guaranteed to work. It strongly depends on the person suffering and severity in which that person is experiencing Taphosphobia. There are cases that a combination of treatments might be more effective.
Talking Treatments for Taphosphobia
Talking treatments or talking therapies, which include counselling, might be very effective at treating fear of the grave or Taphosphobia. Talking therapies are very laid back treatments and physically non intrusive which involve talking to a highly trained and proficient professional about your thoughts, feelings and behaviour. There are many different types of talking therapy, but they all aim to:
- help you resolve complicated feelings, or find ways to live with them
- help you make sense of things and understand yourself better
- give you a safe time and place to talk to someone who won't judge you
(CBT) Cognitive behavioural therapy
For example when someone is experiencing Taphosphobia. Through the help of Cognitive behavioural therapy you could identify if the fear and anxiety experienced from the grave is an accurate depiction of reality. And if not working on ways to change that.
Self-help with Taphosphobia
One of the best ways to overcome any difficulty or be prepare if any might arise in life, is to take good care of oneself. Being able to know how to help yourself is vital not to just be able to control your fear of the grave, but also other phobias and anxieties before they get more severe.