chronophobia meaning, symptoms & treatment

“Time is precious than Gold”.

This statement is very true. A person might have all the wealth in the world, but he must have time to enjoy it. What if he knows, he has only few months to die?

He naturally will be perplexed about time and develop phobia.

A phobia is defined as the unrelenting fear of a situation, activity, or thing that causes one to avoid it. The three types of phobias are social phobia (fear of public speaking, meeting new people, or other social situations), agoraphobia (fear of being outside), and specific phobias (fear of particular items or situations).

If you are afraid of time or passing of time, then chances are you have developed Chronophobia

I am Mrs.V.Manimozhi eagerly waiting to discuss about Chronophobia.

Chronophobia is the fear of time. This condition is also known as phobia of time, time fear, and time phobia. It is specifically defined as a persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of time. The etymology of the word Chronophobia is Greek, wherein “chronos” is the Greek word for time and “phobos” for fear. It is also termed as ‘prison neurosis’. It is perhaps the most common anxiety disorder that prison inmates suffer from during their sentence. Almost all prisoners become terrified by their duration of sentence and suffer from chronophobia to some degree.

Causes / Reasons:
The root cause of Chronophobia varies from individual to individual. It can be developed through a number of reasons:

1.  A highly stressful or frightening real event at which, instantaneously Chronophobia is created.

2. Most chronophobia cases are rooted in traumatizing experiences, specifically those that happened in childhood.

3. It can be genetic/ hereditary.

4. It can also develop to those who are in prison as they lose their sanity thinking of how long they have actually served in prison.

5. It can develop in persons who tend to be more afraid and anxious.

6. Individuals who suffer from adrenal insufficiency are at greater risk of developing Chronophobia.

7. It can also develop in Old and sick persons as they are afraid of death.

In Chronophobia, the symptoms vary from person to person depending on their level of fear.
1. Extreme anxiety.

2. Shortness of breath.

3. Rapid breathing.

4. Irregular heartbeat.

5. Excessive sweating.

6. Nausea.

7. Dry mouth
8. Inability to articulate words or sentences.

9. Shaking.

10. Sickening state of mind.

11. Getting dreaded feelings.

12. Overwhelmingly haunting thoughts.

13. Tunnel vision.

1. Hypnoanalysis (hypnotherapy):  is considered to be safe and works fast. It has been approved as a method of therapy since 1958 by the American Medical Association. In this method, the individual with the assistance of a trained specialist opens his subconscious mind to suggestion for the purpose of changing his behaviour patterns.

2. Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP): Is basically the study and practice of how we create our reality. In this therapy a neuro linguistic therapist will analyze every word and phrase you use in describing your symptoms or concerns about your health. After determining  the problems, therapist will help you remodel your thoughts and mental associations in order to fix your preconceived notions.

3. Energy Psychology:  is a type of therapy that uses various techniques, such as acupressure, yoga, tai chi chuan, pranayama and energy medicine, which teach people simple steps for making changes in their lives.

4. Although the medication cannot treat chronophobia, medication is frequently prescribed to prisoners with a lengthy prison term. It can help the patient survive their ordeal without going insane or harming themselves or others.

So it’s just a methodological process that the patient needs to go through to be cured. The individuals themselves must cooperate mentally and psychologically.

Other useful tips are:

1. Coping with this phobia may require some retraining of the brain. You must learn to be philosophical about time, and to manage your time better.

2. Taking a time management course can be a practical way to combat your fears and improve your daily life. These courses can teach you how to organize your day, and allow your life to run more smoothly.

3. When you take total control of time it will really ease the worst symptoms of Chronophobia.

4. Stop looking at the clock again and again, when you cannot do anything to make things go faster. It doesn’t do us any good except making us worry about time.

5. Stop being frustrated when waiting for something. For example train, bus etc. There is absolutely nothing you can do about it, so there is zero value in getting all excited and wasting your energy.

6. Starting 5 minutes early to your destination will go a long way in reducing the panic and fear of time.

I hope the article was informative. I must tell you something, while researching for this article, my mind has gained clarity. It has given me confidence to organize and spend time more wisely. And if one wants to avoid chronophobia, it is best not to always feel anxious and depressed about ‘Time’. Remember this depends on the individual.

Time is precious. Treasure every moment that you have! And remember that time waits for no one.

Author’s brief Biodata:  Mrs.Mani Mozhi is teacher by profession with 18 years of experience. She is qualified as a Master Trainer under the Intel Teach to the Future Program. She is good at conducting Quiz competitions, compering for school functions and Annual days. She loves drawing and painting. She is a fabulous cook. She is doing a diploma in counseling at present.
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