Are you finding yourself being extremely afraid of nuclear weapons? Do you start sweating when you are in a room and your friends bring up that topic that you especially dread? Does your heart beat extremely fast when you are caught talking about nuclear weapons, their creation, their destruction, their history? Then you might just have nucleomituphobia. It is okay to be afraid of nuclear weapons. Since their introduction to the general public, widespread fear of nuclear weapons is not uncommon.
A video released called “Duck and Cover” helped fuel the fire of public fear of nuclear weapons. This fear could have even been exaggerated so that the every day person would be hyper aware of their safety. Hiroshima caused a rush of horror stories around the world, which also put logs on a fire that was already burning bright.
Is This You?
Most people with this specific phobia are very extreme in their outward expressions of their fear. It is not uncommon for them to have bomb shelters built into their basement, internet searches dedicated to increased safety features, and may even become agoraphobic (afraid of going outside) in fear of falling prey to a nuclear attack. The truth is that the likelihood of this event is extremely low.
What You May Be Experiencing
There are certain symptoms of anxiety that you may be experiencing. This includes, but is not limited to: heart palpitations, dizziness, nausea, shortness of breath, tremors, fear of going outside, and even panic attacks. If you are experiencing these symptoms and you think that they night be associated with your fear of nuclear weapons, then there is help to be found. This can occur even if you are exposed to pictures of nuclear events or see a movie about nuclear weapons. It is not limited to simply having a conversation about this topic.
There are many options for treatment of this specific type of fear. Some opt for psychotherapy. This would include any array of therapeutic techniques and types of therapists that are free for you to choose from. You may also be able to take a medication to help manage your anxiety, like Ativan or Prozac.
Tell Your Friends and Family
Another great way to combat your fear of nuclear weapons is to talk about it with your friends and family. This is perfect because they spend the most time with you during the day, and can help when you are feeling overwhelmed with your anxiety. They can aid in reminding you about the real statistics and risk of being under a nuclear attack that can return you back to reality faster than if you were simply dealing with it by yourself. Reaching out to family and friends is a great way to feel supported through your fear and dissuade yourself from being overtaken by it. Having a supportive community is also something that a therapist might suggest as a tool during therapy. One of the greatest things that you can have to battle this fear is a safe place to go that surrounds you with people who understand and love you.