Heliophobia refers to the condition of
having an abnormal, extreme, and persistent fear of the sun.
This term may also be used to refer to dread or avoidance of sunlight
and, in some cases excessive sensitiveness to sunlight (though there are
also clinical conditions that involve the latter and whose names may be
more appropriate terms to use).
Extreme fears (phobias) such as heliophobia
can lead to a variety of disturbing symptoms such as: Breathlessness;
difficulty in thinking or speaking clearly; dizziness; dry mouth; fear
of dying, "going mad" or losing control; feeling sick; inability
to concentate, inability to make usually-simple decisions, nausea; palpitations,
shaking; sweating profusely; or a severe anxiety attack. Not all sufferers
are affected by all possible symptoms, and some individuals may also have
Even though many adult sufferers of heliophobia
(and/or other fears/phobias) are aware that their fears are unreasonable,
many still experience severe anxiety even when just thinking about the
subject or situation they fear. However, phobias such as heliophobia
are a relatively common form of anxiety disorder and may be treated conventionally
using cognitive behavioral therapy including exposure and fear reduction
techniques. Drugs may also be offered, typically anti-anxiety or anti-depressants
- particularly during the early stages of treatment. Other forms of treatment
offered may include hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or
other similar therapies.