Is Thanatophobia a ‘phobia’?
The short answer is NO. Phobias are learned, habitual responses born of a fear response. Phobias develop because a person has, a some point in time, had a fear response activated during exposure to the catalyst.
For example, a person with Arachnophobia, will have, at some point in time, been conditioned to fear spiders. This can happen because someone else has primed them to be scared or because a spider jumped on them (extreme example but you get the jist).
Thanatophobia is not a phobia because it is not attached to an event or conditioning that has exposed the sufferer to the experience. Thanatophobia is a ‘risk assessment’ during the flight or fight response. Like agoraphobia, thanatophobia is an anxiety disorder response… a risk assessment… a ‘what if’ thought and when the anxiety has gone, thanatophobia goes too.
Fear of death is a legitimate fear and no one wants to die but living your life focusing on it is just a waste of life. Thanatophobia forces sufferers to consider their mortality, to focus on their health and to become increasingly more anxious day after day.
I KNOW… I had it!
Ok, I don’t like the thought of death but I don’t focus on it and I certainly don’t have an anxiety disorder any more.
We have had tens of thousands of sufferers use The Linden Method who suffered with thanatophobia and without exception, every single person didn’t have thanatophobia after eliminating their anxiety disorder.
I don’t understand why psychology and medicieine give names to these risk assessments, they don’t deserve to be named.
Do I go to the doctor complaining of ‘drippy nose syndrome’ or ‘tickly throat disease’? No, I go with a cold or tonsilitis. Making specific symptoms into stand-alone illnesses is ludicrous.
Thanatophobia can be cured quickly and simply using some very simple techniques that I have shown thousands of sufferers to do over the last 14 years.