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Nyctohylophobia- Fear of dark wooded areas or of forests at night

Nyctohylophobia or the fear of the forest at night is a common fear and can be debilitating if not addressed.

This fear is more common in places where there are forests nearby and they have to cross the forest in order to get home for instance. This is usually a learned phobia because they often hear or see horror stories about killers lurking in the woods at night, waiting to strike the defenseless victim, or maybe stories of wild beasts ready to pounce on a potential prey. Some might also fear that there are monsters roaming around the woods at night, and evil and death awaits anybody who wanders into the forests at night.

Most people with this fear also have fear of the dark or nyctalophobia and they can show symptoms of anxiety such as tremors, palpitations, shortness of breath, nausea and vomiting when they think of the dark forest. They will not go to the forest or shady areas at night and will even be scared of the forests even in broad daylight.

Treatment includes psychotherapy, behavioral or cognitive. Patients may also be introduced to the forest gradually until they overcome their fear. Medications are rarely needed because one does not have to go to the forest at night unless they really want to.