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I Have Astraphobia

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    Terrified Of Thunder Storms!

    It all started for me on May 5, 1989 in Vale, NC. My boyfriend & I were on our way to some friends house when we ran into a really bad storm we pulled over into a grocery store parking lot. The wind was so bad it was picking up the front of my little Toyota Celica. I was scared...
    gottem gottem 41-45, F Mar 24, 2013

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    Astraphobia

    I remember that it started sometime between first grade and second grade, but I have no idea what started it. Whenever there's a really severe storm I get an internal panic attack. It's not as bad as it used to be, but it's still pretty awful. I always think I'm going to die when...
    amandatheapple amandatheapple 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 6, 2013

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    Yeah

    I like to listen to rain.  Thunder ain't all that bad either but the lightning scares the crap out of me.  I have heard too many stories about people getting struck by lightning, including houses and trees.  I am afraid of that happening to me.  I don't want...
    Valentine Valentine 26-30, F 6 Responses Oct 29, 2007

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    That Dreaded Fear...

    I've been terrified of thunderstorms ever since I could remember. I love rain and overcast days, but I cannot stand the thunder and lightning. Since I live in southern California, when it does rain, I'm always asking if it's going to start storming. Whenever a thunderstorm passes...
    iTomboy iTomboy 13-15, F Jan 4, 2012

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    Astrophobic my whole life.

    . Im 23 and live in Adelaide, Australia. I dont remember the storm that triggered me, my mum said it was a bad one. It left cracks in the walls and concrete verandahs, lightning and thunder continuous the whole night. Winds of over 100km/h. HORRIBLE. Now? Ive taken it upon myself...
    astraphobicaussie astraphobicaussie 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 18

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    Thunderstorms In Australia

    My first memory of being terrified of a thunderstorm I was about 3 or 4 yrs old and I was in a kiddie swimming pool with my brother and the kiddie pool had a metal frame and a a big bolt hit not that far away, so since then I've always been scared of storms. I'm 33 now and its...
    bonjovigal bonjovigal 31-35, F Oct 30, 2011

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    Scary!!!

    i know that all you guys on this are from like america.. i am from uk and thunder and lighnting scares me... i start to panic when i see and hear it and i dont know how to clam it i also cry.... i have only recently started to be scared of it and getting like this (3 years now...
    lkerr566 lkerr566 18-21, F Mar 13, 2010

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    The Zoo, And Other Stuff.

    So I'm at the zoo one day walking around enjoying my day, until the clouds roll in. while trying to keep calm, I walked (almost ran) at least a mile back to the car, panicking on the inside hoping I don't die. The day went from being great and ended up with me missing out...
    Melwee Melwee 22-25, F 1 Response May 29, 2011

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    Really Need Help

    My fear really began when we moved to Alabama and i saw whole cities get wiped out.I found out i was pregnant but was having panic attacks every day from the extreme weather holding my toddler in the basement crying my eyes out while tornado sirens roared outside i began bleeding...
    nikkinack nikkinack 18-21, F Sep 19, 2013

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    Lifetime Experience

    The first time, I remember to be afraid of lightning and thunder, I was about 5 years old. I stayed in my grandparent house, and during big storm,lightning hit the house chimney. I was very big noise, and chimney got destroyed. Since then I am trying to plan my indoor activities...
    Hankag Hankag 46-50, F May 15, 2012

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    Ongoing Fear Of Thunder

    It all started i clearly remember at age 5...was laying in bed and all of a sudden a massive thunderclap scared the daylights out of me...I believe i have always had a high startle reflex so this enhanced a fear with thunderstorms of that sudden close strike with loud thunder..I...
    zonalflow zonalflow 51-55 3 Responses Dec 28, 2012

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    I Used To Have Astraphobia

    When I was a bairn I was scared of storms, I got over it a few years ago, I watched a storm in the distance with the lightning coming down, and saw how cool it looked. This started to build me confidence was a big step in the self-treatment, the treatment was complete when I...
    IFeelSoLonely101 IFeelSoLonely101 18-21, M Aug 24, 2013

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    What's Going On With Me?

    I don't know how to start, but, I've worked in the outdoors all my life and this job I have now for 23yrs, but all of a sudden the last year and a half or so I have been terrified with "Storms", I catch myself keeping up with the latest weather prediction reports as much as a...
    mefiddler mefiddler 46-50 1 Response Nov 11, 2011

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    Storm Season In Australia

    Hey .. Am relieved I came across this website. Sh#t scared of lightening! I knows it's irrational but I just can't help it. Day 3 of severe storms here, warnings everywhere and 3 days of being on edge for all of them. 30 years of my life living in all these hardcore Australian...
    Adro360 Adro360 26-30, M Dec 17, 2010

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    My Big Storm Fear

    I have a terrible fear of storms and I thought it had gone away for a while but back in may it came back and got worse and where I live all summer we've had the worst storm season ever and today we had the biggest storm in a long time and I was panicking and it makes my Dad mad...
    love4494 love4494 13-15 Aug 7, 2011

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    Ever Since Hurricane Katrina

    I know there aren't really lightning & thunder in hurricanes, but any rain-related weather is traumatizing for me because of my Katrina experience.
    otad12 otad12 26-30, F Sep 15, 2008

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    I Think It's Kentucky

    I never used to be afraid of storms. I can think back to when I was 19 and in the US Navy. I would stand out in the open parking lot on base with the ocean roaring and the lightening streaking across the sky like fluorescent ink on a piece of black velvet. The thought of it now...
    Della21 Della21 26-30 4 Responses Jan 15, 2009

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    Frightening

    About 7 months ago I suddenly developed an almost debilitating fear of thunderstorms. Whenever the sky even darkens I become anxious. My stomach ties into knots, I sweat, my heart feels like it will explode out of my chest, and I become obsessed with the weather channel. I never...
    palpitations palpitations 31-35 7 Responses Jun 2, 2008

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    I Really Really Hate Lightning/and Thunderstorms.

    I am 28 yrs old and ever since i could remember i always hated lightning and thunderstorms,the thought of being alone during one of those events really scares me to the point where i cry and my heart starts to beat really fast,people tend to make fun of for it but i take it...
    KrystlMonroe KrystlMonroe 26-30, F 1 Response Jun 26, 2013

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    I didn't know there's a name for it..

    Well,  I have always been wound up, sudden big sounds is just torture for me.. When I was a kid we had gym classes outside in the playground, and caught in a storm.. when we are on our way back to the dormitory ( I was in boarding school since 6)  to get changed, a lightning...
    swang365 swang365 16-17, F 1 Response Oct 29, 2011

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    LORD Please Help Me

    IF I DID NOT HAVE THIS FEAR MY LIFE WOULD BE SUPER COOL. I THINK THE WORSRT FOR ME BETWEEN THE 2 IS THE LIGHTENIG. SEE JUST THINKING ABOUT IT MAKES ME NERVOUS..... I  HAVE ACTUALLY SLEEP IN BATHTUB. I HAVE ASTRAPHOBIA
    msmax msmax 41-45 Jul 3, 2008

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    It Just Keeps Getting Worse.

    When I was 11, my brother and his friend were struck by lightning and his friend was killed. Afterwards, I didn't seem to have any increased fear of lightning, but since I was about 20 the fear of lightning and thunder just seems to get worse every year. I work as a wildlife...
    Hiker56 Hiker56 26-30, F Jul 8, 2012

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    The Way I Feel, My Camping Trip.

    Ever since I can remember I've been scared of thunderstorms, like anyother child. The first time I really got scared and started panicking was in grade 3, after watching a documentry about the world flooding and all humanity dieing. This really scared me, and since then I cry...
    JLFeathers JLFeathers 13-15, F Dec 13, 2012

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    It's Storming Out Even As I'm Writing This

    I know its pretty immature to be afraid of storms at my age, but if there is even a cloud in the sky that looks like rain I'm done.  I am completley glued to the weather network for the whole duration of the storm, I can't stop looking out the window, sometimes I can't even...
    SanDaminano1125 SanDaminano1125 16-17 2 Responses Sep 14, 2008

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    My Lifelong Burden

    I'm 19 years old, and I live in Canada. I've always had a fear of thunderstorms and tornadoes. I remember being a little kid outside, looking up at the cloudy sky, and wondering if I should stop playing in the sprinkler. I remember my Mom and I pulling up to our house during a...
    InaudibleRage InaudibleRage 18-21, F 4 Responses May 28, 2012

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    My Phobia

    When i see dark clouds i start having the symptoms and i don't actually take care of but i actually whati wanna ask is everybody say my phobia is cute why is it cute i don't understand it
    tianalampe tianalampe 16-17 Aug 11, 2011

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    For 18 Years..

    I am 18 years old and for as long as I can remember I have been deathly terrified of thunder storms. I am ok with rain but the thunder mainly is what kills me. Every since I can remember I would cry and hide under my bed when there was a storm.. no one understood. My mom used to...
    stephaniepond stephaniepond 18-21 Oct 30, 2012

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    Startle Reflex

    I've probably had this lightning phobia longer than anyone around here. I was just 21 when it began. I'm now almost 72. I've learned that at least part of the problem has to do with my startle reflex. During a thunderstorm I become more and more tense, like a rubber band being...
    burtmurphy19 burtmurphy19 66-70 Dec 18, 2010

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    Storm Struck

    My experience started since I was a child. I always hid in a closet, stay in my grandmas basement, even use my earplugs and earphones to cope with it. My heart beat races and I sweat. A couple times during heavy tstorms a crackle of thunder wakes me up but not my family. I also...
    b8mb8 b8mb8 18-21, F Jun 18, 2013

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    I Think I Have Astraphobia

    Ever since a storm in july 29th 2011 its not been the same. The thunder was really really loud and shook my house but no harm was done ever since that day i've been glued to the weather network and everytime a thunderstorm comes i tend to feel weak and i start to sweat alot.
    thunderstormhater thunderstormhater 13-15 Aug 9, 2011

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    Home Was Destroyed By An Ef3 Tornado... With My Family Inside...

    On December 22, 2011 my husband, myself and my aunt were testing ready to take my 13 month old to see Santa Claus. All of a sudden we heard the rain pounding on our windows (which was unusual because all of our windows were covered by our porch) and my husband's ears popped (I...
    SheriffARS SheriffARS 22-25 1 Response May 30, 2012

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    How It Started

    I never used to be afraid of thunderstorms until one day when I was at a birthday pary. Lightning hit the lightning rod across the street and there was a big boom as shingles fell off. Since then, I've been obsessing over the weather watching everything to make sure a storm wasn...
    spongesrul3s spongesrul3s 16-17 Sep 16, 2010

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    Terrified Of Thunderstorms

    I've been terrified of thunderstorms ever since I can remember. When I was a child I tried to learn all I could about them thinking that if I knew what caused them I wouldn't be frightened of them. It didn't work! I live in the UK where we don't really get that many storms but...
    BartLittlebird BartLittlebird 31-35, F 2 Responses Nov 24, 2012

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    Very Discomforting

    I have been astraphobic all my life and im 23 now. Its very shameful knowing that something that poses very minimal threat can have that much of an impact on my life. For me how I was told it happened was when I was a baby growing up around war and bombs dropping around my...
    fbb34 fbb34 26-30 2 Responses May 3, 2012

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    Thunderstorms In Winter?!

    Yeah, there's supposed to be thunderstorms tonight. In the middle of winter. To start today off, I woke up late and rushed to make my lunch. And I know I'm not sleeping tonight. Whoopee... Someone please tell the atmosphere that it's winter, not spring or summer...
    yumetoyuki yumetoyuki 22-25, F Jan 30, 2013

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