Astraphobia is the term for the extreme fear of thunder and lightning. And it’s not just children and adults who can suffer from an extreme and irrational fear of thunder and lightning.
This common phobia can also affect animals, so don’t be surprised if your dog starts howling and hiding under the bed at the height of a nasty electrical storm.
The therapist and patient will look at their negative thoughts together. The person begins to see that when he or she is having a panic attack and believing these negative thoughts, all it does is make them continue to be fearful. So the anticipatory anxiety feeds the feelings of loss of control and creates a panicked feeling.
In treatment, this negative way of thinking is gradually replaced with fact-driven, evidence-based thinking, which helps the person to manage their anxiety.