Chronophobia: Trying to Cease Time
If you are afraid of time, or the passing of time, then chances are you have developed Chronophobia. The etymology of the word Chronophobia is greek, wherein “chronos” is the greek word for time and “phobos” for fear.
Chronophobia can be developed through a number of reasons. It can be developed through traumatic experiences or it can be genetic; however, most chronophobia cases are rooted in traumatizing experiences, specifically those that happened in childhood. This case is also developed by those who are in prison as they lose their sanity thinking of how long they have actually served in prison. Some people are more at risk to develop phobias than other people. Those who have tend to be afraid and anxious more, and those who suffer from adrenal insufficiency are at greater risk of developing such a phobia than others.
To overcome this fear, people can take medications, but keep in mind that medications have side effects. Medications do not really help erase this fear but they can help suppress the symptoms and the effects of this fear; therefore, medications are not recommended. To really overcome chronophobia, it is best to visit a psychiatrist because phobias are psychological problems. Basically, all phobias are to be treated the same way, although some techniques could work better depending on the level of fear and depending on the ability of an individual. With this kind of fear, psychiatrists would usually use hypnotherapy in order to erase the certain kind of fear in people’s subconscious. Curing chronophobia requires the patient to have a passionate desire in trying to overcome this fear because only the person has the ability of overcoming it. Psychiatrists are there merely to guide the patients in the process of healing. Hence, the process of healing or treatment depends on the person. Psychiatrists cannot really guarantee that through their process, the person suffering from chronophobia will be healed.
The best thing to do in order to avoid chronophobia is to not be like those of the ones who are at greater risk. It is best not to always feel anxious or fearful and this can only depend on the person. Psychiatrists can surely help but to avoid this fear, it all depends on the person. As for adrenal insufficiency, try to avoid this, too. If, however, a person is already suffering from this then it is a good idea to remedy this as this is a medical problem. One should also be aware of the symptoms of chronophobia so as not to treat this when this is already severe. Treating it while it is mild is way easier. Always remember that fears could still be treated. It helps to know that because it will be a good encouragement.