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Catastrophobia is the fear of disasters or catastrophes. The triggers for catastrophobia are getting through the disaster as well as hearing them on the news. Since catastrophes often result in deaths, catastrophobes may suffer thanatophobia as well. Catastrophobes, if severe enough, may not want to be in the building since any building could collapse. Symptoms include obsessive thoughts, solitude, terror, and feeling like being trapped. It is treated using talk therapy, anti-anxiety medications, relaxation techniques, and support groups, but exposure therapy is not an option since this is not a specific phobia.