Astraphobia: Fear of Thunder and Lightning
July 17, 2011 § 3 Comments
Right now it is monsoon season in Colorado and this is an unnerving time of the year for me because I have a serious fear of thunder and lightning. According to this website, the fear of thunder and lightning is called atraphobia. When people think of Colorado, I’m not sure the word monsoon comes to mind. We have an active monsoon season that can begin in late June and last through August. These storms begin in the late afternoon and can continue, off and on, through the evening. These storms usually include heavy rain, thunder, lightning and sometimes hail. It’s the thunder and lightning part that really gets to me.
I’ve been scared of thunder and lightning since I was a child. I don’t like loud noises and that is where this fear started. The louder the thunder would get, the more nervous I would become. Seeing lightning flash also makes me nervous because of the fear that loud thunder will sound. When I’m at home, I take a chair into my walk-in closet and I wait out the storm. My walk-in closet is in my bathroom so I turn on the bathroom fan and the noise from the fan helps the thunder to not sound so loud. When I’m at work, I go to the break room and sit in there until the storm passes. If I’m caught outside in a storm, my symptoms can be out of control. I’ll have “panic attacks” in which I’m shaking and crying. I’m also obsessed with checking the weather apps on my cellphone to make sure that no storms are near when I leave for work or go some place.
A lot of times I do feel embarrassed to have this fear and I’m not sure how to deal with it. So far, I don’t believe that this phobia affects my life too much. I’m not afraid to leave the house unless I see that a storm is coming and then I’ll wait for it to pass. I guess I just hope that this phobia doesn’t get worse and that I don’t get to the point where I’m not able to enjoy my life.