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advice from a psychologist
by: Moribund

Your disorder is treatable and curable, in fact phobias are among the least difficult disorders to treat. What you need is to find a cognitive-behavioral therapist who will employ gradual exposure procedures.
You will be taught how to breathe during your panic attacks to minimize physical discomfort.
Your therapist may want to prescribe you a mild sedative like clonazepam or an antidepressant to help you through your first few sessions.

If you cannot afford a therapist google "gradual exposure for phobias" and try to work out a treatment routine with one of your friends.

Hope it all works out for the best. Good Luck!

Same fear
by: kelly

I've had both of these same fears since I was a child (I'm 33). There were times when I almost couldn't stand to look @ the stars. And, I have had myself pj the verge of a panic attack & dry heaving from thinking about it. Actually, I was starting to freak out a few min ago which is why I Googled this. I can't believe I never looked it up before. I thought I was the only one. This is partly bc I find it so awful that I don't want to talk about it bc I don't want anyone who has never thought about this to do do. I don't want to be responsible for that. I get the freakiest feeling in my body from it. It's almost like a burning sensation that radiates out from your gore to your extremities. It also makes my heart pound & makes me nauseous. I attribute these fears for making me hate sci go that has to do with outer space or things far in the future (Star Trek, Caprica). Those shows depress the hell out of me. I am so glad to find I am not alone in this fear & that there is a name for it.

The joy of astronomy
by: Anonymous

Hi
You need to see the universe as the birthplace of all things. The universe stated with a Big Bang, and without that one event none of us would be here.
Go out at night to a dark sky (away from city lights) observe what you see. You will be looking back into the past. There is nothing to be afraid of. The universe will not expand forever. Nothing does.
What you see is the past, light years into the past. Even when the sunset, you are seeing the light 8 minutes after the sun actually sets.
Take a class in astronomy, and learn about what fears you most. Maybe once you understand the great beauty of the universe, and all it has to offer you will no longer be afraid.
My Grandmother always said what fears you the most go out and conquer it. Then you realise you had nothing to fear.

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