Fear Of Dying

Written by Jim Folk
Medically reviewed by Marilyn Folk, BScN.
Last updated March 27, 2021

Fear of dying anxiety and anxiety attack symptom common descriptions:

  • You fear that what you have is terminal and nobody knows.
  • You may also fear that the chest pains are a deadly heart attack or that the shooting pains in your head are the result of a tumor or aneurysm.
  • You feel that any one of the symptoms you experience are life threatening.
  • You feel an intense fear when you think of dying.
  • You may think of it more often than normal, or can’t get it out of your mind.
  • You may also fear leaving your family/loved ones behind and on their own.
  • You may have a 'sense' that you may die soon or that you have an ongoing fear of death and its implications.

NOTE: There are direct physiological and psychological reasons why anxiety symptoms occur. The Recovery Support area contains detailed information about common anxiety symptoms including what they are, why they occur, and what you can do to eliminate them. It includes the anxiety symptom fear of dying.

The combination of good self-help information and working with an experienced anxiety disorder therapist, coach, or counselor is the most effective way to address anxiety and its many symptoms. Until the core causes of anxiety are addressed – which we call the underlying factors of anxiety – a struggle with anxiety unwellness can return again and again. Dealing with the underlying factors of anxiety is the best way to address problematic anxiety.

Additional Resources

Return to our anxiety disorders signs and symptoms page.

anxietycentre.com: Information, support, and therapy for anxiety disorder and its symptoms, including Fear Of Dying anxiety symptom.