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I Am Afraid of the Dark

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    Paranoia.

    So, I'm not really afraid of anything. The only things I'm afraid of are frogs, and the dark. The dark? I know. It sounds dumb. But I am. When I'm with someone, I'm fine. Just extremely paranoid. I'm constantly thinking something terrible will happen. When I'm alone. It's worse...
    RecoveringAddict RecoveringAddict 13-15, F 4 Responses Dec 10, 2012

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    I do not want Sleep Paralysis to happen

    while i'm in the dark because that will only make it scarier. I at least want to see some of my environment during a Sleep Paralysis episode to identify if it's a nightmare or just Sleep Paralysis. Sleep Paralysis and the dark can cause a lot of fear when mixed together.
    moose73630 moose73630 16-17, M Apr 16, 2014

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    The Man

    When I was about 13 I awoke in the middle of the night to see a strange man standing at the foot of my bed. He just stood there and stared at me. I could tell he wasn't my dad because he was a lot taller and bigger. I didn't know who he was or what he was doing there. I was...
    howsab howsab 31-35, F 3 Responses Jan 18, 2012

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    I really need to pee

    but im just too scared to get out of my bed.
    IrenkaSchipper IrenkaSchipper 16-17, F 1 Response Jun 10

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    At times I experience an episode of depression,

    and I always overthink, especially after I had to meet people and socialize and stuff. I am afraid of people and what they think about me. Im afraid about lots of things. Im afraid to sleep in the dark too, especially when Im alone. But I can totally sleep if theres someone...
    24moonlight 24moonlight 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 24

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    I can't be alone in the dark.

    I'm scared of what might be in the dark, then seeing something or hearing something I'm not supposed to. It's most commonly said that the fear of the dark is triggered by a past experience. Therapists can easily help those who suffer from it. I was never really that scared of...
    Roshiela Roshiela 18-21, F 4 days ago

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    I'm slowly growing accustomed to the dark.

    I actually find comfort in it now. It's just odd seeing nothing but darkness. I feel like all my other senses become acute and it's almost like the darkness is an entity and I can feel it enveloping me, but not exactly in the malicious way I thought of before.
    rumblingheart rumblingheart 18-21, F Feb 14

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    I Am Afraid Of The Dark Because It Feels Like I'm Trapped

    I may be a bit unusual because I can pinpoint why I am afraid of the dark. I am not afraid of what's lurking in the dark. in fact, that plays no role at all. i like it outside when it's dark, actually. there is still some light at night. my eyes adjust fine. In most rooms at...
    jimmy01675 jimmy01675 22-25, M 2 Responses Dec 2, 2011

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    Just As Much As When I Was a Child

    I stay up late because I'm afraid of the dark.  Part of it is fear of the unknown, of what I can't see.  Another part of it is that once I turn out the lights and go to bed I know I will lie there in the dark with my racing thoughts.  The darkness reminds me that...
    eromreven eromreven 26-30 5 Responses Aug 29, 2008

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    I am simply terrified of the dark not of what's

    in it but the dark it self I don't know sounds crazy right? Yeah probably nothing to worry about
    JulianTheJoker JulianTheJoker 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 21, 2014

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    Girl I am right there with you

    but I am 24 and I don't know what's wrong with me but I am terrified of the dark. Every night I sleep with my closet light on and door pretty open. As if that's not enough I check my entire room every night (I have a pretty big room with these stupid window benches that open for...
    elisam elisam 22-25, F May 27, 2014

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    I have such dark thoughts,

    I'm starting to scare myself.
    MaryJay712 MaryJay712 16-17, F Sep 30, 2014

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    I still imagine monsters hiding in dark corners

    and I refuse to look under the bed at night
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 14, 2014

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    CollinDawg CollinDawg 13-15, M Oct 8, 2014

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    37ShadesofBlue 37ShadesofBlue 13-15, F 1 Response May 12

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    I'm Afraid Of What I Cannot See

    I can't stand the darkness, yet at the same time it thrills me. I have always been afraid of the dark since i was little. I remember my dad turning all the lights off in our house and walking around with me because he was trying to show me there was nothing to be afraid of. That...
    DearShadow DearShadow 18-21, F 5 Responses May 31, 2010

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    Forty one years old, on a business trip in a

    new town and have every light on in the hotel room. Tried turning them off, but every strange voice in the hall, every footstep outside the door and the general room noises have me wide awake. I have been cursed with an overactive imagination.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 11

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    It's strange and I've had this

    since childhood but when the light is off and you can struggle to see its nerve wrecking. I don't know why but I feel like the darkness crawls up my skin and down my spine, it almost reaches my bones. I feel like something is going to grab me because I can't see it. I have to...
    starwarsisthebez starwarsisthebez 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 30, 2014

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    I'm Scared Because Of Him.

    I use to love the dark, just go and hid in it...but after pete i can't even have one light off. When i was dating him he would lock me in his bathroom with no light, for 3 days I couldn't see anything and when he would come in there i didn't know what was happening...The windows...
    deathbyblades16 deathbyblades16 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 1, 2012

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    For those of you who live in particularly old

    establishments, this may be something you can relate to. I once lived in a home with an unfinished basement, from wall to wall there was nothing but open faced concrete and the bare wooden beams that held up the foundation. This basement was partitioned: there was meant to be...
    TheMadHater TheMadHater 22-25, M 2 Responses May 31, 2014

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    I've always been afraid of the dark

    and the night since I was a little girl, I'm kinda cool about it now but I still get a little freaked out for an example if I'm alone downstairs and it's dark that'll creep me out, I hear noises and stuff... I know that's all a part of my imagination I just can't get rid of it...
    iiii12334 iiii12334 16-17, F Oct 10, 2014

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    I will not sleep in the dark

    even if someone is beside me or in the same room. I must have a light on to feel comfortable. I don't know what's lurking in the shadows. :P
    kristen1993 kristen1993 22-25, F 1 Response May 11

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    Being alone in the dark makes me feel weak

    and vulnerable. It's like the darkness swallows your whole being, you start thinking en when you start thinking you can't stop. It's terrifying.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Feb 18

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    Before I go to sleep I always leave the

    bathroom light on so I can go to sleep. Especially if I watched a scary movie before I went to bed.
    sammichs sammichs 18-21, F 1 Response May 28, 2014

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    My power is out cuz of the major snow storm in

    the east coast. And I'm afraid of the dark.
    Phandom1234 Phandom1234 16-17, F Nov 26, 2014

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    I'm scared of the dark.

    . I don't know why... It wasn't a big deal when I was younger, but looking back, I realize that every night when I was going to sleep I always either had my door open with light coming in my room or the television on. Now I always have my door closed, and I can't sleep with my tv...
    SammieSweetheart687 SammieSweetheart687 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 22, 2014

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    I have always needed some type of light of

    sleep. I'm 22 and I need a night light. The dark is just scary...
    hiddenjem hiddenjem 22-25, F Oct 21, 2014

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    Scarier Things Than Monsters In Dark Rooms

           In early childhood, I wasn't afraid of darkness. It felt friendly, comforting somehow: like protective blanket. I had trust in my parents power of protection against nighttime monsters, and came to love solitude of moonless night. It changed when I was 11. My parents...
    ValentinK ValentinK 18-21, M 2 Responses Mar 10, 2011

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    Darkness

        Ever since i was young the night would scare me. When i was younger i would always make sure to be home before the sun went down or if it was night i would always be on a well lit place. I am 19 years old now and i still sleep with the light on... every single...
    jeanherlv jeanherlv 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 15, 2009

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    I hate it so much!! I can't

    even get out of bed...
    DiaperedCatherine DiaperedCatherine 22-25, T 1 Response Jun 20

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    Afraid Of The Dark

    And I did not sleep whole night long....It is 5 am right now. Guess I will not get to follow the others going out today. I cannot help it. I am not used to sleeping alone. This is the third night that my sister is in college. She used to sleep in the same room as mine. I do not...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jun 6, 2012

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    Kinda not happy as just

    as I was about to drift off to sleep. My nightlight decides to break. I can't stop shaking from the nerves and thought of something under the bed.
    starwarsisthebez starwarsisthebez 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 14, 2014

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    Im seriously afraid of the dark.

    . but i dont scream, i just either turn on any light switch near me and calm down or be next to someone in my house and ask them to turn the lights on with me. I dont kno waii i hallucinate in the dark, like if im surrounded by darkness i imagine something or someone in front of...
    UniqueBunnii UniqueBunnii 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 14, 2013

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    Oh Yes..

    i sleep with the lights on.. i just don't like the dark. lol. it just scares me to death.
    SweetAppleBlossom SweetAppleBlossom 26-30, F 8 Responses Nov 3, 2007

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    I've never been okay with the dark.

    I run from light source to light source. I always feel watched from closets and doorways. I don't trust that I'm alone. No matter what happens, I do know that I am completely safe, but I can never make myself believe it. I wish I wasn't afraid, as people tease me because of it...
    TheHalfMadWriter TheHalfMadWriter 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 4

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    you know in the dark there's cockroaches.

    I'm afraid of them more than ghosts
    mcx0125 mcx0125 16-17, M Jun 1

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    My Fear of the Dark Is Controlling My Life

    I am VERY afraid of the dark. I can't sleep at night becuase of this. I am 19 years old and I've been afaid of the dark for as long as I can remember. When I was a kid (between ages 3 to6) I used to wet the bed because I was too scared to go to the bathroom in the dark. I...
    Shonda Shonda 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 12, 2008

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    Itscaitlin Itscaitlin 16-17, F Mar 3

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    Sometimes

    It's strange, sometimes I'm so afraid of the dark that I'm on the verge of hyper-ventilating. Othertimes, I enjoy being in the dark. I suppose it all has to do with what state of mind I'm in. If I'm feeling strong, confident and in control, I really don't mind the dark at all. It...
    Aludra Aludra 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 25, 2008

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    because I am not fighting it.

    I am afraid of what I might encounter. Yet at the same time, I love the dark.
    BlackBloodDemon BlackBloodDemon 13-15, M 1 Response Apr 26

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    Im terribly afraid of the dark every time my

    bulb pops at night ik it will be a sleepless one because any noise can freak me out even the slightest rustle no average person could hear its like our senses heighten when your scared its mean because we will then hear and see more its like that now
    otakugamerwolf otakugamerwolf 13-15, F Aug 20, 2014

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    aishastewie aishastewie 13-15 3 Responses Apr 21, 2014

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    At night I am alone I feel vulnerable.

    When I walk alone . Every shadow is a threat every rustle is a beast and any passers by are my death. Sure to murder me. I want to hide . Shielded by strong arms Protected from.my fear But I am alone. In the dark. One more day I live infear
    thebeautifulprincess thebeautifulprincess 18-21, F Oct 1, 2014

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    I am afraid of the dark.

    I am 23. It makes sense from an evolutionary stand point. It's not about being childish it's about not being able to perceive stimuli in darkness.
    honestlyanonymouslyme honestlyanonymouslyme 22-25, F 2 Responses May 7

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    I Hate to Admit It But I...

    I hate to admit it but I'm 35yrs old and still afraid of the dark.  When I go to bed at night I even leave the light on above the stove in case I have to get up for some reason in the middle of the night. Pathetic huh?
    keyna keyna 36-40, F 2 Responses May 17, 2008

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    No I Am Not.  the Dark...

    No I am not.  The Dark should be afrade of me.
    LateNightGuy LateNightGuy 41-45, M 6 Responses Jun 19, 2008

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