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Fear of the Sun?

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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?

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 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.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Fear of the Sun?

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Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Fear of the Sun?. Psych Central. Retrieved on September 30, 2020, from
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