My name is Alicia Daly and I live in county Cork, in Ireland. I am eleven years old and I suffer from foniasophobia, which is the constant fear of being murdered. I usually avoid websites such as Facebook or Twitter as I am scared that a murderer will track me. It sounds ridiculous but I can’t help feeling that way. My fear has led to my avoidance of as many people as possible, which is then the cause of my lack of being able to socialize. I used to sleep with a night-light until I was about ten years old but after that I got rid of it as I found it embarrassing. My phobia has lead to a fear of the dark, too, because I always have these cynical thoughts in my head like: “what if somebody is hiding there in the dark? They might be holding a gun and staring right at me!” I am too scared to tell my parents because they’ll probably just say it’s normal to get a little bit scared every now and then. I’ve told my two best friends, Katie and Eva, about how frightened I am and they reply by saying that they get scared too when they hear a murderer is on the loose. They just don’t understand! Everybody gets scared when they hear a murderer is on the loose but does everybody barricade themselves into the bathroom for about five hours until they calm down again? I have been to quite a few sites to help me with my problem but they just ask stupid questions like “have you ever met anyone that this has happened to?” and I think: “no, I have not met anyone who has been murdered, as they are too busy being dead!” I am in my last year of primary school and I am going to meet hundreds of people I’ve never met before when I go into secondary. Both Katie and Eva are going to a different secondary school. How will I survive?
I am eleven years old and have foniasophobia, the fear of murder. But in my own case, I am scared of seeing someone murdered and not of myself being murdered. Please, what can I do?
I have the same fear, and I can’t get a chance to tell my parents. I’m afraid that they might think I’m just acting or I just want their attention. I’m losing my interest in everything since my phobia is getting worse. I want to feel safe again. I want to feel that I am not alone. I want to sleep comfortably. But at this time I only sleep in the daytime because I’m more comfortable that way. I’m hoping that all of us are going to be okay and overcome this fear.
I cant sleep for hours when I hear noises. I always think it’s some murderer.
I feel safe after reading this. This is exactly what I go through every single day. It’s good having people who understand you.
I feel the same :)
I can sort of relate to that after hearing about Jeff the killer, but also, I just get nervous in cities. So I kinda get it.
Aidan Holden says
Hey, I have a very similar fear, Scelerophobia. Scelerophobia is the fear of criminals or crime. However, I’m mainly afraid of rapists. Which might sound weird considering I’m a guy. As for why I have it, I’ve heard a story of a guy in a mascot suit raping someone in a public restroom. I was scared that I might be next. But remember, fear is beatable. You can overcome it. But don’t feel embarrassed if you have extreme reactions to your fears. I have extreme reactions too. Besides, you’ve already slightly overcome your fears. You came here, to a social media site. So, in closing, stay strong. And if you need help, get some. Getting help does not make you weak.
I want to go to a therapist because I’m pretty sure I have the same thing. When I go to my car, even in daylight at a gas station, I check my trunk and all of my seats. I have my bed on the floor so no one can hide under it, I have pitch black curtains because I’m scared of being watched and even at school I never like to go to the bathroom by myself or go near a window, I’m so scared. It’s gotten worse since I’ve gotten older and my dad tells me that it’s all the horror movies I watch but horror movies help me think for even just a minute that it’s just all in my head.
Connor berry says
I dont know if I have the same thing, I’m on insta follow @Officialwolf_27 lol and im fine with that, I believe I get scared because of horror games and every night when I hear a noise I die of heat and I just get my dogs to protect me, I feel your pain.