unlike many other phobias; It is triggered by disaster scenarios involving his family, close environment and even the world. It's actually a kind of death and loss phobia. So in reality, we are terrified not by the earthquake itself but by its potential consequences, by the possibility of dying and losing loved ones. 'Seismophobia' is most often triggered by uncertainty. Because we cannot predict when, where and how severe an earthquake will occur, and its consequences are inevitable. Losing everything materially and spiritually in a few seconds and the impossibility of being under control keeps the phobia alive if it is not dealt with. Because these people are aware that they cannot escape the danger by living in an earthquake-proof house, because they can be caught in a disaster at work, in the grocery store, or even while walking on the road. Even if the earthquake is on the other side of the world, they are exposed to a lot of earthquake news, even if they don't watch the news, they are exposed to the scenarios on social media, they get confused with the earthquake. In fact, experts say that even aftershocks can be enough to create a feeling of intense fear and helplessness on their own.
Get rid of your earthquake phobia in 7 steps!
There are also medicated methods applied to those who are severely affected by 'seismophobia', but according to experts, you can control it yourself with a few simple methods before it's too late.
1. Psychiatrist Jason Eric Schiffman warns that no matter how severe an earthquake phobia you are, you should force yourself to stay in routine: “Don't consider smoking your friend to relax.”
2. Don't suppress your fear, don't dwell on your experiences with the fear that you won't be understood. Because 'emotionally unresponsive' people experience the trauma more severely. Trying to deal with these feelings by ignoring them has more serious consequences than you can imagine.
3. Avoidance behaviors are not as innocent as you think. For example, give up behaviors such as sleeping with your child, not closing the door, not locking it, and avoiding sleeping in the dark room. But go over your fears slowly, don't try to stop all avoidance behaviors all at once. Remember that your child is imitating you, do not show him your mood.
4. Prepare mentally. Make a plan to stay calmer and more calm. Knowing that your child is prepared for an earthquake will give you mental relief.
5. With cognitive-behavioral psychotherapies, you can begin to test your realistic beliefs and thoughts about a possible earthquake and instead begin to think more realistically. In this way, the emotional, physical and mental symptoms of earthquake fear will disappear, and avoidance behaviors will decrease or even end over time.
6. You may have an earthquake bag, but do not place it in a way that reminds you of the danger, for example, in the corner of your room.