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nyctophobia

 [nik″to-fo´be-ah]
irrational fear of darkness.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

nyc·to·pho·bi·a

(nik-tō-fō'bē-ă),
Morbid fear of night or of the dark.
Synonym(s): scotophobia
[nycto- + G. phobos, fear]
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nyctophobia

(nĭk′tə-fō′bē-ə)
n.
An abnormal fear of the night or darkness. Also called scotophobia.
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nyctophobia

Morbid fear of the dark or the night.
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nyctophobia

Psychology Fear of the dark or night. See Phobia.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

nyc·to·pho·bi·a

(nik'tō-fō'bē-ă)
Morbid fear of night or of the dark.
Synonym(s): scotophobia.
[nycto- + G. phobos, fear]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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It becomes an abnormal fear or nyctophobia requiring professional help if the child or adult becomes 'dysfunctional,' such that he or she experiences severe, inappropriate symptoms related to darkness.
Patients with nyctophobia are also taught relaxation techniques, especially those who have a tendency to hyperventilate (fast, shallow breathing) when afraid or under stress.
The unresolved nyctophobia can expand to other psychological and emotional problems: an inferiority complex and over-consciousness of how one looks; pessimism and depression (always thinking about getting sick or dying); obsessive-compulsive traits like repeated checking of places in the house for imagined monsters, or checking several times if the doors are locked; refusing to go out after dark, or into dark places or rooms; frequent awakening at night or insomnia; sleeping with a light or television on, and problems with school or work due to poor concentration.
Nyctophobia is perfectly understandable: we are most vulnerable at night when the world around us is shrouded in inky black and predators hunt unseen by the human eye.
Students from Emmanuel College in Gateshead tackled the twin issues of nyctophobia and sedatephobia - the fear of the dark and quiet, respectively - with their musical starlight.