Introduction to Heliophobia
Heliophobia is an overwhelming, irrational fear of the sun. It is a problem that affects hundreds and possibly thousands of people, but unfortunately, one that lacks a great deal of research.
For most people with this phobia, even the thought of going out in the sun is enough to bring on anxiety and panic. Not only are people with heliophobia afraid of the sun, but they may be scared of bright light as well. While no one can pinpoint the exact cause of this phobia, it is believed that as with all phobias, it starts with a trauma.
With heliophobics that trauma does not have to have anything to do with the sun, but whatever it is the pain and suffering of the trauma are too frightening to be faced by the individual. Therefore, the effects of the trauma are placed on the sun, which to them, is less frightening than the actual trauma.
To break this down further; many people who experience trauma transfer the fear of the trauma to something else so they do not have to expose themselves to the real fear that is bothering them.
Having said all that, for others the trauma could be related to the sun, and that is why the person is now afraid of it.
Fortunately, there are treatments for those who suffer from this phobia. Freedom from a phobia involves intense therapy, and ultimately facing the fear, so it takes time patience, and much courage on the part of the person suffering from the phobia.