Fighting A Very Real Fear: Psychiatrist Offers Advice On Conquering Storm Phobia

By Jeff Neumeyer

Fighting A Very Real Fear: Psychiatrist Offers Advice On Conquering Storm Phobia

June 14, 2013 Updated Jun 14, 2013 at 4:35 PM EST

INDIANA, (www.incnow.tv) --- Astraphobia, it’s the fear of thunderstorms.

Lots of people can attest to the sense of panic they feel when lightning, thunder and high winds sweep through like they did this past week.

We recently talked to a Fort Wayne psychiatrist about dealing with storm fears.

Dr. Jay Fawver says strong storms can cause trembling, crying, sweating and panic attacks for many folks, especially children.

We don't expect anything severe, but there's a chance for thunderstorms Sunday.

Dr. Fawver says storm fears are real, but they don't have to be paralyzing.

He says parents can comfort their children, simply by staying calm themselves when dark clouds build on the horizon.

He also says you can use storms as a teaching tool, by helping kids realize they are no different than many other challenges we face on a regular basis.

" We can be really anxious about it, and we're really scared about it, but as time passes, it takes care of itself, and I often will use storms as an analogy to help children and adolescents, kind of think through the stresses they're going through in their day to day lives," Dr. Fawver said.

Confronting the fears and getting control over them is important.

Research shows us, in extreme cases, Astraphobia can lead to Agoraphobia, the fear of going outside your home.

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