DEATH ANXIETY WORKSHEET
Death anxiety is a form of anxiety characterized by fear of one’s own death or the process of dying. It is commonly referred to as Thanatophobia.
Death anxiety is not a distinct disorder but may be linked to other depression or anxiety disorders including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), panic disorders and panic attacks, or illness anxiety disorders also known as hypochondriasis.
What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a type of psychotherapy used to help individuals identify negative thought patterns, learn how to regulate responses to anxiety-producing situations, and develop healthy coping strategies.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
This is a type of talking therapy specifically adapted to treat individuals who suffer from extremely intense emotions.
- Exposure Therapy
This therapy gradually exposes individuals to places, thoughts, or situations that relate to death.
- Art Therapy
This therapy is used to help individuals manage stress and express themselves without verbal communication (e.g., painting, drawing). Research shows that art therapy has a positive effect on individuals with anxiety.
How Will This Worksheet Help You?
This worksheet is intended to help individuals overcome the fear of death and learn healthy ways to cope with this condition.
How Should You Use This Worksheet?
This worksheet should be used by individuals who find it difficult to function in their daily lives due to the fear of death or the dying process.
This worksheet should also be used when individuals are experiencing symptoms of panic attacks.
You can download this worksheet here.
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Medical News Today. (© 2004 – 2022). What to Know About The Fear of Death. Available at: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/321939#what-is-thanatophobia. [Accessed December 14, 2022]
Psychology Today. (© 2022). 8 Healthy Coping Skills for Death Anxiety. Available at: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/science-choice/202008/8-healthy-coping-skills-death-anxiety. [Accessed December 14, 2022]