i've been scared of the dark for as long as i can remember. when i was younger, the second i turned off my light i'd have to run and jump into bed even with a night light. now i am 19 years old and i am still terrified. i can't sleep with the door open because the hallway is dark and it adds to my fear. when i get up in the night for water or to go to the bathroom i have to turn on every light along the way. when i'm in the dark i get so scared and it almost feels like i start to have some sort of panic attack and it's difficult to breathe or to focus on anything but my fear until i turn on a light.