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Does anyone in here suffer from THANATOPHOBIA?

I do, and I'm not at all ashamed to admit it publicly, and even with my real name being known (and associated with it).

THANATOPHOBIA is "the fear of one's own death, or the dying process." It is pronounced with the "TH" being spoken like the "TH" in the word, "thistle."

I had what I thought was a "close call" in 1976 (Denver), but it turned out to not be what I thought it was (physically), but the emotional damage had been done, and from 1976-81, I had a series of almost-daily PANIC ATTACKS, that were so devastating, I was reduced to tears, because of them. They finally ended with my move from Houston TX to Honolulu.

But even though I am no longer bothered with panic attacks, I am still plagued by thoughts of my own demise, and I can't shake them, no matter how hard I try.

There's no kind of "cure" for how I feel, because everyone's death is INEVITABLE, but I'm wondering if I am the only one in this group who suffers from it, or if others may also be frightened about dying.

Please let me know, and keep in mind that I don't know your REAL name, right?

2876 day(s) ago

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Pustic

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Well, I don't suffer with it, but I do think about death from time to time and there's no need to fear it, it's going to happen and there's no way to prevent it from happening. But, I think there's more to this because in the first and last sentence you mention real names and you highlight REAL in the last sentence. Hummmmm.

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MENSANgone
2875 day(s) ago
All I meant was that someone could admit it to me, and still be anonymous, and among those who do know my true name, I still admit to living in fear of dying.

I'm just wondering if I am alone, regarding my fear.

Pustic
2875 day(s) ago
Oh..., ok, that threw me off a little, but then again it doesn't take much to, but yeah, I have the fear too, so you're not alone. I don't let it stand out on my list of fears, I just accept it as one of the stages of life.

heatherjune
2875 day(s) ago
I wish I could take this away from you..

I look at it as inevitable and try not to think deeply about it as I am still living, but it has been more to the fore front since I lost both my parents in 2007; I think when this happens, we're inclined to think more about our own mortality.

Try pushing those thoughts away; as they come into your mind, replace them with happier thoughts. Do you suffer from depression? Is it the actual act of dying or that you fear not having lived a fulfilled life?

 
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