Psychologist Questions Phobias

Why am I so scared of the dark?

I have been scared of the dark since I was a kid, and now I'm 24 and still haven't gotten over this fear. Because of this, I only sleep with the TV on to have some light. What other things should I do?

5 Answers

Hello, have you tried going to counseling to try and work through your fear of the dark? Have you tried a nightlight instead of the TV?
I would recommend getting therapy to uncover the cause of the fear. I don't believe anyone should have to stay stuck in fear. We often have an experience as a child that gets imprinted in our minds, deep in the subconscious, and until we resolve it, it stays hidden and reeks havoc on our lives. The healing journey is a challenge, but I would guess so is living in fear. You deserve to be free from the fear.
Hello! This is actually a very common fear. CBT and exposure therapy can be highly effective.
Being afraid of the dark can make going to sleep a literal nightmare. A fear of the dark doesn’t just plague kids; many adults suffer from a fear of the dark, too, so there’s no need to be embarrassed about your fear, no matter what age you are. The trick to ending your fear of the dark is adjusting your perspective and working to make your bedroom feel like a safe, welcoming place — even when the lights are out.

The following link should give you some additional cues
https://www.wikihow.com/Not-Be-Afraid-of-the-Dark

There are some apps you might want to download to will be useful if you have a smart phone. The apps are: CALM and PEACE
Try a night light over a television. Even two nightlights and then just one. You need to realize that you are in control of the dark and no one else can really get you. Your mind has to be relaxed and at ease and watch the television until you start dozing off and on and shut it off and just keep a nightlight on.