The Fear of Time Passing

Time is always said to be moving forward. For some, that is terrifying…

Chronophobia is the fear of the future or the fear of the passing of time. Those who fear the passing of time often think of the fact that the present moment will be a part of the past. They usually feel as though they haven’t done enough in their life, and often feel as though events move too quickly for them to keep up. Chronophobia usually affects prison inmates, elderly people, and others who do not get a lot of outside exposure. Depression is a major trigger for this fear. The person may feel useless or empty and will tend to think of their inevitable death. It is also thought that chronophobia can be passed down through genetics.

Common symptoms of chronophobia include:

  • Panic Attacks/Extreme Anxiety
  • Feeling detached from reality
  • Elevated Heart Rate
  • Depression
  • Thoughts of death and dying early

Stress-relieving activities are the best way to overcome the fear of passing the time. Hypnotherapy and Neuro-Linguistic Programming are proven to help someone overcome chronophobia. Yoga and meditation have also proved effective in relieving people of their fear. Taking medication to relieve symptoms is not advised, as a medication is short term and may have side effects.


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