Fear of the dark


Lygophobia is the fear of being in dark places or darkness. The origin of the word Lygo is Greek (meaning shadow, shadowy, shade, darkness, twilight or gloomy) and phobia is Greek (meaning fear). Lygophobia is considered to be a specific phobia, which is discussed on the home page. Lygophobia is also related to Achluophobia (fear darkness), Myctophobia (fear of darkness), Nyctophobia (fear of the dark or night) and Scotophobia (fear of darkness).


  • extreme anxiety
  • shortness of breath
  • rapid breathing
  • irregular heartbeat
  • sweating
  • excessive sweating
  • nausea
  • dry mouth
  • nausea
  • inability to articulate words or sentences
  • dry mouth
  • shaking.


  • Cognitive therapy
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Exposure therapy
  • Medication will help w/symptoms
  • Relaxation technicques