The treatment of phobias, including winter phobias, typically involves a process of gradual exposure. This may involve exposure to pleasant winds or light rain, starting with light and gradually increasing in intensity, with the aim of instilling a sense of security in various situations. Unlike general anxiety disorders, phobias are specific and often relate to something particular. The official definition of a phobia is a persistent, excessive, unrealistic fear of an object or situation. When it comes to weather-related phobias, such as acrophobia (fear of wind) or nepopophobia (fear of clouds), fears can be triggered by incidents in childhood that lead to past negative experiences with the weather. These fears may be passed down genetically from parents who share the same phobia.
While other fears can often be avoided directly, those related to the weather have much less control over them. Those who experience these fears describe how they might feel when encountering destructive wind or severe weather conditions. Phobias related to the weather are often developed due to past negative experiences with the weather and fear that it will interfere with daily life.
One woman named Catherine Clements avoided leaving her house during snowfall for eight years and did not drive during cold winter days after her car lost control on an icy road in 2008. She felt embarrassed about her condition and did not seek help for fear people would think she was crazy. Similarly, Anna from “The Woman Next Door to the Girl in the Window” refused to go outside when it was supposed to rain due to her fear after losing her daughter’s life. She was so extreme that she avoided driving long distances and preferred staying at home all day drinking wine instead of facing her fears head-on.