In the last year or so my psychological development has been very unusual (though it always was). I’ve started developing a massive distaste for sun. My eyes have become incredibly sensitive to light, so much so that even with sunglasses on I can barely keep my eyes open at times if the sun is too bright. My head starts hurting and I feel lightheaded and weak. I start feeling as if I’m losing my breath. But the psychological effects are even worse. I feel so vulnerable and exposed whenever I’m in the sun. It’s like I’m underneath this huge spotlight that I can’t run away from, so I get panicked when there’s no shade near by. The air becomes thick and I feel like I’m trapped and suffocating.
So I find myself now spending days upon days trapped in my room with my windows completely covered; I feel the safest when no sun ray can go through. I basically have no social life and I feel embarrassed whenever I’m with someone in the sun because they see how agitated and paranoid I suddenly get, though I try to control it. Summertime has become an absolute nightmare. (From Serbia)Fear of the Sun?
Fear of the Sun?
There are many reasons sensitivity to the sun can be effecting you, and I would highly recommend a complete physical as soon as possible. Sun sensitivity can have a direct effect on well-being, but the more immediate concern is that the lack of sun can have, perhaps, even more difficult symptoms psychologically.
I’d encourage you to explain what is happening to a physician and he or she will be able to help determine what may be causing your reaction.