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I Am Afraid of the Dark

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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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    I know this sounds so silly

    that i'm afraid of the dark. But i'm truly afraid of the dark, when i was alone in ferality it became noticable from my foster parents point of view that i was frightened of the dark since i was alone in my room with no one to visit me. My foster parents always notice that i'm...
    SakuraMizushimaCutie SakuraMizushimaCutie 18-21, M Mar 15

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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 3 Responses Jun 6, 2012

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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

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    Everyone is sleeping

    so I can't keep the light on All the noises scare me and when I'm half asleep I wake up in a mini panic from either my head yelling or a noise I hear in my room... Gah! Just want to not care :/
    jackjack600 jackjack600 18-21, F Jul 27

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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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    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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    Terrified

    As a kid I slept with the lights on. My parents would yell at me for it. So then I started sleeping in the living room with the tv on. They didnt like that either. I had multiple night lights my senior year and the hall light on. My husband is understanding, sometimes he teases...
    Starr11 Starr11 18-21, F Aug 24, 2012

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    I Wish...

    I'm 13 years old and I've been afraid of the dark ever since I was little. Sure, then it's normal to be afraid of the dark but I've been afraid for 10 years of my life. I am always afraid that somebody or something is in my room watching me when I'm in the dark. Whenever I'm...
    CandyGirl700 CandyGirl700 13-15, F 1 Response Jun 11, 2013

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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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    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

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    ...

    I am afraid of the dark because... It's too quiet. I miss the sound that people make.
    AmethystWings AmethystWings 26-30, F Nov 1, 2012

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    I am 15 turning 16 in a couple of months,

    I am afraid of the dark, I am to scared to tell my friends, so I have panic attacks when I am at a friends place if I can't see a source of light. to make things worse I have a school camp next week and I know there won't be a source of light where we are staying and it is in a...
    mylife1998 mylife1998 16-17, F 6 Responses Mar 12

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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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    I sleep with the nightlight

    because I don't like to wake up in the night and can't see my surroundings. I like to see my surroundings when I wake up at night. I have this fear that someone will try and kill me at night and I won't be able to see them because it's dark!
    kendralyn kendralyn 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 11

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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 16-17, F 3 Responses Dec 14, 2013

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    I've seen too many horror movies.

    It doesn't help that I'm practically blind in the dark. In the darkness lurks the unknown.
    anonymousfraud anonymousfraud 26-30, F Jan 15

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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 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

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    I See Her Everywhere..

    I'm 18, and I am terrified of the dark. Not only the dark- but her. I can't even talk about her without acting schitzo. Have you ever seen The Grudge or The Ring? Then yes, you know what I mean. But at the same time, you don't. Her. That.. Just.. She terrifies me. I can't even...
    ElliChuu ElliChuu 18-21, F 2 Responses Sep 25, 2013

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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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    I am afraid of the dark,

    because In the dark I sometimes see things that aren't there.
    millarixxx millarixxx 13-15, F Apr 6

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    I don't know what my F**king problem is.

    I am in my late 20's! I shouldn't be afraid of the dark. I get scared because I imagine that energies are in the room(s). It freaks me the F out and I want it to go away! I had a uncomfortable period in my life where I was very afraid of the paranormal and supernatural. Then for...
    AugustTheWonderDog AugustTheWonderDog 26-30 2 Responses May 17

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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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    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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    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

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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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    I’m fifteen, almost sixteen,

    and still afraid of the dark. I have a nightlight next to my bed shaped like Batman and I don’t spend the night anywhere without it. Not that I spend many nights anywhere else, anyways. The reason I’m so afraid of the dark is that I don’t know what’s out there. I can...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jan 24

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    I don't sleep with a night light cause I'm

    afraid of the dark! I sleep with a night light cause the dark afraid of me!!!
    Wizard4 Wizard4 46-50, M Mar 5

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    I have such dark thoughts,

    I'm starting to scare myself.
    MaryJay712 MaryJay712 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 30

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    aishastewie aishastewie 13-15 4 Responses Apr 21

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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 feel like I shouldn't be at this age

    but if I'm alone in the dark I totally lose my ****. Can someone clarify if something's wrong with me?
    palant palant 13-15, M 1 Response Mar 22

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    The darkness isn't what scares me,

    it's the things in the dark that scare. You do not know what's behind the corner. You do not know what's at the end of the hallway. There's no telling what you could find when the darkness is all-consuming. Like the resesses of a brutal mind, once you wake up the darkness...
    DisguisedArtist DisguisedArtist 13-15, F 2 Responses May 12

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    I'm 35 and I've always been afraid of the dark.

    I have an 11 year old that makes fun of me. You can't see what's happening in the dark. You can't be completely certain of what is going on around you.
    Blue1513 Blue1513 31-35, F Jan 18

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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 1 Response Apr 16

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    Wi5huponastar Wi5huponastar 26-30, F 2 Responses Mar 5

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    I am afraid of the dark.

    Although I'm not exactly sure why, I have two theories. The first is because of the things that have happened to me in the dark. Things I'd rather not say on here. But they could have caused it. The second is because I can't see as well in the dark. I'm afraid of not knowing...
    21cookielover21 21cookielover21 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 22

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    It's common knowledge among my friends just how

    terrified I am of the dark. They tease me about a lot, especially when I start to cry or whimper, but they're generally understanding. I understand them anyway, you wouldn't be locked up with me in a blackout!
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 12

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    I hate the dark with a passion,

    I have horrid night vision to start with so it's nearly impossible for me to get around in it. I was 19 the first time I walked home in the middle of the night by myself because my boyfriend at the time had invited people over and didn't want to be "rude" by taking the less than...
    misspaperwait misspaperwait 22-25, F Mar 11

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    It Is Something From My Childhood

    I have spoken with my mother and it was something to do with a loud crashing sound in the night. She said a tre fell down in a high wind, but I do have a fear of the dark. I have always tried to challenge this fear, but I suppose the best kind of challenge was the one Jean...
    Triquell Triquell 22-25, F Jul 27, 2012

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    CollinDawg CollinDawg 13-15, M Oct 8

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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

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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 2 Responses Jul 22

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    No More Door Open!

    I know many of you may not believe what I will tell you but it really happened. I was around 9 or 10 years old when it happened. I was sleeping in my bed, in my room, because sometimes, I slept with my parents... (Shush! XD I know I was old for that) but that night, I was in my...
    EarlPhantomhive EarlPhantomhive 18-21, F 2 Responses May 2, 2013

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    I Used To Be Afraid Of The Dark. But Not Anymore.

    I used to be afraid of the dark. But not anymore. I find solace in the dark at times. Darkness is not to be feared if it is understood, revered, or even loved. Understanding enlightens, and en-light-enment sheds light Making the darkness void, illuminating the night. Like the...
    Scorpio1987 Scorpio1987 22-25, M 2 Responses Jun 7, 2012

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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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    Its terrifying for me to be alone at night

    without any lights on. And I have never slept without my dog because I'm afraid to be alone in my room when it's dark. I've always been scared of the dark, but now I feel so embarrassed I'm 20 and this should not be a problem anymore, but it is. I know it's some type of paranoia...
    Lucycristobal Lucycristobal 18-21, F 2 Responses May 27

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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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    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 1 Response May 31

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    N-N-No......

    Just yesterday I was left in my worst fear from my friends using my biggest weakness. We were walking at night and even though I was acting as if I was fine I was scared out of my wits. We were walking threw the woods and Amber had the flashlight while me and Holly were walking...
    PeekoHearts PeekoHearts 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 1, 2013

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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

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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 16-17, F 1 Response May 28

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