How to manage fear of darkness?
Hello, How to manage fear of darkness? While being afraid of the dark may be a part of normal development in young children, that is not the case for older children and adults. Nyctophobia is an age-inappropriate fear of darkness that can prompt someone to limit their activities, avoid certain situations, and experience anxiety in anticipation of there being no light. Please leave your comments on this.
@somraj The goal of therapy is to challenge fearful beliefs about the dark and reduce the severity of symptoms one experiences due to that fear. The treatment plan your therapist suggests for you or your child may include:
Exposure to the dark in small, incremental, non-threatening doses in a process called desensitization (this should only be done under professional supervision)
One-on-one talk therapy
Learning relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing