What is it?

Thanatophobia is the intense fear of death or the process of dying which can cause significant distress and anxiety in individuals.

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Additional names

This group contains additional names:
- Death anxiety

Signs & symptoms

People with thanatophobia may experience a range of symptoms, including:
- Panic attacks
- Avoidance of discussions or thoughts about death
- Difficulty coping with the mortality of themselves or others


Thanatophobia is typically diagnosed by a mental health professional through a comprehensive assessment. The criteria for diagnosing thanatophobia may include:

- Persistent fear or anxiety related to death
- Significant distress or impairment in daily functioning caused by the fear of death
- The fear or anxiety is not better explained by another mental disorder or medical condition


Treatment for thanatophobia often involves therapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), to help individuals address their fears, develop coping mechanisms, and gradually reduce anxiety surrounding death. Seeking support from mental health professionals can be beneficial for individuals struggling with thanatophobia.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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