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How can fear of death be tackled?

Q: My 43 years old husband is having a fear of death and negative thoughts while going to work. He feels that he will not come back. He is having this problem for the last 9 years. He takes homeopathy medicines for the same and already had a bypass surgery 2 years back. Please advise.

A:Well, the fear of death is not very uncommon - though it needs to be seen in the light of the situation one is in. It is important to dig a bit deeper - as to how is the fear affecting day to day living, fear is in relation to something particular, is it the fear of death or is it the fear of living. Sometimes, people are depressed and have negative thoughts in their mind and that can be presented as a fear. What though is important is that if your husband is depressed it might indirectly affect his heart condition. I would suggest a visit to a clinical psychologist is not going to be too taxing - but would help him discuss these fears and see how to move forward. Psychological treatment can be like any other treatment and there is lot of research, which shows that it is effective, but at times its efficacy is maintained in combination with medications (which if required, can be suggested by a psychiatrist).

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