7- optophobia

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7- optophobia

optophobia: Fear Of Opening One’s Eyes

If ever an award was given for Most Inconvenient Phobia, it would have to go to optophobia – the fear of opening one’s eyes! Although the act of opening our eyes is something that few of us ever give thought to, for optophobics this simple, daily act can be a nightmare. Luckily, if you are reading this list, you most likely aren’t suffering from this condition

Treatment of Optophobia

For many individual who are suffering from opening one’s eyes – Optophobia. Don’t always feel the need of treatment because they can just avoid the object of their fear. This gives people suffering from Optophobia a feeling of control on the problem. But sometimes avoiding opening one’s eyes might not be possible or enough

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It is important for someone to always seek professional help when possible. This way you don’t lose time and do a better job and understanding what is happening. With understanding you can next move on to overcoming your fear of opening one’s eyes

Talking Treatments for Optophobia

Talking treatments or talking therapies, which include counselling, might be very effective at treating fear of opening one’s eyes or Optophobia. Talking therapies are very laid back treatments and physically non intrusive which involve talking to a highly trained and proficient professional about your thoughts, feelings and behavior. There are many different types of talking therapy, but they all aim to

help you recognize unhelpful patterns in the way you think or act, and find ways to change them (if you want to)

help you resolve complicated feelings, or find ways to live with them

help you make sense of things and understand yourself better

give you a safe time and place to talk to someone who won’t judge you

Talking therapies are in most cases the same as counselling, therapy, psychotherapy, psychological therapy, talking treatment. There is usually a very little difference between what’s meant when talking about any of these


(CBT) Cognitive behavioral therapy

CBT treatments stand on the concept that what we thing and perceive are constantly influencing our behaviour. Experiencing anxiety and distress are in some cases distorting and bending ones perception over reality. Cognitive behavioural therapy aims to identify if they are an accurate depiction of reality, and, if they are not, employ strategies to challenge and overcome them


For example when someone is experiencing Optophobia. Through the help of Cognitive behavioural therapy you could identify if the fear and anxiety experienced from opening one’s eyes is an accurate depiction of reality. And if not working on ways to change that


Medication should be never taken without asking a doctor first. In general medication is not recommended for overcoming phobias. Therapies have resulted to be a definitive way to overcome fears. However some types of medication are prescribe as short term solutions to the side effects of phobias. Which include anxiety or depression. There are three general types of medication recommended for treating anxieties




Self-help with Optophobia

One of the best ways to overcome any difficulty or be prepare if any might arise in life, is to take good care of oneself. Being able to know how to help yourself is vital not to just be able to control your fear of opening one’s eyes, but also other phobias and anxieties before they get more severe

Symptoms of Optophobia

Phobias are to be taken seriously. If they aren’t given proper attention and treatment, might start to limit the sufferers life. In some cases up to the degree of extreme anxiety and depression. Knowing how to manage thoughts and anxiety will not only help a person live or overcome the fear of opening one’s eyes. But also manage to live will all phobias in general

People who suffer from fear of opening one’s eyes. At most times are purposely avoiding coming into contact with what it is that triggers them to experience fear or anxiety in the first place. This might seem like a good quick fix but truth is as mentioned above, if not completely understood what you are experiencing might start hurting or limiting your life in the long run

Sometimes, the people suffering from Optophobia, which is a Specific phobia, try to avoid not only the exact objects (in this case opening one’s eyes) or situations that trigger it but sometimes in severe cases the thought of those thing all together

There have been a lot of cases in which an individual has develop a phobia from opening one’s eyes where they become fearful of experiencing anxiety itself because it would make them feel very uncomfortable in the moment they are in contact with any of those. Panic attacks can be very discomforting for the main reason that they are felt in a physical level. People experiencing panic attacks commonly feel a pounding heart, palpitations or accelerated heart rate

A person doesn’t necessarily need to be in a situation exposed to opening one’s eyes to experience Optophobia. The brain doesn’t have to be in that situation to experience the symptoms of panic. A persons brain is capable of creating a reaction to fearsome situations even when the subject is not actually in that situation

People are different and so are all the types of phobias someone might suffer from. So the symptoms also vary strongly on the severity in which an individual is experiencing these fears. But generally speaking, Specific phobias and fears such as Optophobia fall under the category of anxiety disorders. Meaning that a person can experience any if not all of the below mentioned physical and/or psychological symptoms


Physical Symptoms

opening one’s eyes sufferers, often experience panic attacks. These panic attacks can be extremely frightening and distressing for the person suffering from those. These symptoms most of the time happen suddenly and without any prior signs or warnings. No matter how overwhelming feelings of anxiety, a panic attack can cause real physical symptoms, such as but not limited to the ones below



hot flushes or chills

shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

a choking sensation

rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)

pain or tightness in the chest

a sensation of butterflies in the stomach


headaches and dizziness

feeling faint

numbness or pins and needles

dry mouth

a need to go to the toilet

ringing in your ears

confusion or disorientation


tightness in the chest/chest pain and difficulty breathing

rise in blood pressure

Psychological Symptoms

In some very severe cases, a person suffering a panic attack triggered from Optophobia. Usually when exposed to its triggers such as opening one’s eyes. Can have one/or all of the following symptoms

fear of losing control

fear of fainting

feelings of dread

fear of dying

fear of harm or illness

guilt, shame, self-blame

Withdrawing from others

Feeling sad or hopeless

Feeling disconnected

Confusion, difficulty concentrating

Anger, irritability, mood swings

anxiety and fear


On some very special cases, there may be people experiencing intertwined phobias. Or what may be called complex phobias. These can often have a detrimental effect on a person’s everyday life and mental wellbeing. Because they may limit someone’s life so much that they become uncap-able of leading a normal personal and social life. Hence triggering a chain reaction of the above mentioned symptoms and lastly depression

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