nyctophobia


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nyctophobia

 [nik″to-fo´be-ah]
irrational fear of darkness.

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]

nyctophobia

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

nyctophobia

[nik′tō-]
Etymology: Gk, nyx + phobos, fear
an anxiety reaction characterized by an obsessive, irrational fear of darkness.

nyctophobia

Morbid fear of the dark or the night.

nyctophobia

Psychology Fear of the dark or night. See Phobia.

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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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.
According to Bess and Nina, when fear of the dark reaches a degree that is severe enough to be considered pathological, it is called nyctophobia or achluophobia, one of the most common phobias in both children and young adults.
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.