Our expert says:
As you realise, such fears are quite ommon among kids, rather less so among adults, though I suspect most of us could be susceptable to it in the right ( or, rather, the wrong ) circumstances ). A shrink could definitely help. A psychologist could assess you to be sure this is only a specific phobia ( for instance, people with phobic anxiety Disorder, can wake with severe anxiety without any clear idea of why ), and could then use CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ) a useful and pleasant method for helping people to Un-Learn a fear of phobia, and to relax deliberately when you need to do so.
This will probably clear it up. If not totally, then a psychiatrist could help with some emds that could change some aspects of the way you sleep, to reduce the chances of this still further. Both possible explanations, variations on the same theme, would be likely to respond really well to such therapy
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