Fear of time

Meaning & Etymology

Chronophobia is the irrational fear of time. The word chronophobia is made up of chronos which means time in Greek, and phobos, which means fear.


The most common symptoms include panic and anxiety. In other, more severe cases, the person can experience shaking, shortness of breath, excess sweating, irregular heartbeats, sickening states of mind, inability to articulate words, tunnel vision, and haunting thoughts.


Chronophobia can be caused by a traumatic experience in the person's childhood, incarceration, genetics, or old age. Another factors that can contribute to a person developing this phobia are dissociation, depersonalization, or derealisation.


There is no treatment that can cure chronophobia, however, some treatments such as hypnotherapy, and psychotherapy.