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(Original post by RubyMay)
Sorry guys but I studied phobias at A level and most of your 'phobias' aren't phobias at all, you're just scared of them. Read the ICD symptoms for phobia and if you HONESTLY for it, you have a phobia. If not you're just scared. Only 10% of the population have a real phobia according to pathologists. The others just think they do.
I actually agree with this. Not that I think it matter's much, people have fears and things they dislike, phobias are just extreme and irrational (obviously). So people can still discuss fears and things they dislike, it's just not necessarily a phobia.

Blah, that didn't really make much sense. Basically I'm saying I agree with you, haha, but even if it's not a 'phobia' it's still good for people to discuss fears and things they don't like here.
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The only serious one I have is heights. I can't even stand on a chair without feeling shakey and I get the feeling that I want to cry. A year ago (I was 18) I had to go into the loft to get something, I was only 3/4 of the way up the ladder and the ladder must have only moved about a cm but I started crying, my legs shook uncontrollably and I refused to move any further.

I use stairs all the time because I don't like lifts, I don't think this is a fear though, just an absolute hatred.
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I'm scared of vomit, more specifically, somebody being sick near me. I'd rather be sick than see/hear someone else be sick.

I get nervous on planes, and always like to sit next to people i know, and trust not to be sick! Never went on school trips with long bus journeys, avoid theme park rides, get nervous around very drunk people, don't like staying at friends houses incase someone is sick...the list goes on!
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(Original post by Cybele)
Yours sounds worse than mine. I do carry hand gel with me always, and if someone is ill or coughing near me I'll hold my breath/cover my mouth until I'm a safe distance away (I must look mental). But it doesn't stop me going anywhere, and I'm not scared of hospitals or anything. Yours is really controlling your life.

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Emetophobia for me also

I just hate it. I always get so panicky at school, and the thought of having to return to school after the holidays. I recluse from everyone as much as possible, carry alcoholic handrub and use it obsessively in order to try not to get sick (the last time I was actually sick from being ill was Year 4 (many years ago!), and once from seasickness, although again, many years ago. Never going on a boat again. Spend my whole life panicking about people being ill/sick around me. Occasionally someone has coughed, and I have pegged it, thinking they were ill.

Paranoid of hospitals or medical centres. Will never go there unless absolutely I have to, due to fear of catching something, or seeing someone else ill. Always try to cover up injuries/illnesses out of fear I might have to go to hospital. Fear activities which might injure me, because I might have to go to hospital. Gave up potential career as doctor due to this phobia. No idea what I will do now

Worse time though was when I found out that one of the people in my group for my favourite hobby was bulimic. I know I can't catch anything off her, and that helps slightly, but I am just so afraid of going now. Can't go...no hobby

So debilitating...
Emetophobia....it seriously ruins my life. I carry travel sickness pills and mints with me wherever I go. I'm nearly physically sick every morning due to anxiety and absolutely hate to leave the house. I have to think about how long I'll be somewhere/what could make me sick/where I can be sick etc. It is seriously just a chore to get up and go to sixth form, never mind anywhere where I can't get out like lessons/exams/musicals/the cinema. I wash my hands compulsively and due to this phobia I have anxiety attacks everyday that cause me to almost throw up which makes it worse. It's a viscous cycle! I don't really go anywhere I don't have too and I'm seriously just miserable a lot of the time. Anyone that has even a slight worry about this GET HELP because I think I'm seriously past the point of no return.
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My emetophobia's bad too. Like, I think about it all the time. Everything I eat, everywhere I go and everything I do I worry that it'll make me sick. I eat a very limited amount and selection of food, and I feel like I have to stick to a routine or else I'll get sick I hate uni because of it, having to travel in (I hate travelling) and spend all day there. This year will be worse at uni because I'm living off campus, so if I start to feel ill or worried I can't just walk back to my room, I'll have to stay at uni all day or get the bus (or an hour walk) back.
Yeah, it just makes me unhappy and scared all the time.


On another note, does anyone suffer with both social anxiety/phobia and a specific phobia? Do you think one causes the other? I definitely think they're interconnected.
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spiders. although i'm slowly overcoming this.

and also, i know this may sound weird, but sea weed. I got scared of them when I was younger and I went to play in the lake and i stepped on one and it wrapped around my foot and i got stuck, so ever since them i don't like sea weed and i'm terrified of touching one with my foot in the water (in sea,lakes etc.). That has kind of turned into a fright of dark water, as dark water = me not being able to tell if there is a lot of sea weed under me. but yeah weird i know. but it still freaks me out till this day.
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(Original post by xbethany)
On another note, does anyone suffer with both social anxiety/phobia and a specific phobia? Do you think one causes the other? I definitely think they're interconnected.
I have a specific phobia of driving, which is now at the point where I can't sit in the driver's seat of a car with the engine turned off without starting to cry and shake and hyperventilate. I also have a more general social anxiety, not as bad as some people, but it means that I had to give up on the career I spent the last ten years training for (academia) as I can no longer teach a room full of students or give conference presentations. I find socialising difficult and tend to drink to compensate, with frequent fag breaks to give me an excuse to go outside and be on my own.

I definitely think they're interconnected, as they have gotten worse in tandem with each other. They feed off each other in the sense that in my case they are both caused by low confidence and self-esteem, while both also *causing* the self-esteem problems: viscious cycle. What about you?
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Getting haircuts there's not many things I hate more.
Once a hairdresser asked me whilst cutting my hair if i'd prefer to go to the hairdressers or the dentist, as she somehow noticed I obviously didn't want to be there. I said the dentist haha

I've only had 2 haircuts in the last year. My last being in february when my flat mate at university booked the appointment for me so that I felt I had to go, as I kept moaning about how much I hated how long my hair had gotten! She came with me as well, I felt like a child :lol:
Although right now it's probably longer than it was then, I just don't have anybody to push me into going! It's hard to tell whether i'm happy about that or not.
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I have a phobia of speaking on the phone...something about not being able to see the other person in-person seems scary to me. It has gotten better over the years, though.
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Ermmm.. I guess i had a social phobia - well anxiety
Most my phobias are drawn frm that and are serious toooo. A telephobia and phobia of eating infront of others. Better.. but it still really sucks!
Ah well :rolleyes:
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Wasps - I cry if one comes anywhere near me. It's only really started the past couple of years but everything about them scares me so much, the colours and the shape of their bodies and the noise they make. I've only ever been stung by a bee so I don't know why I'm not that scared of bees but I'm petrified of wasps, but we went to a farm last year and I stood there, at 17 years old, in front of loads of people and cried my eyes out because there was a wasp on me, and I felt like a complete idiot afterwards but I can't even explain why I'm so terrified of them. I have dreams where I wake up and there's one in my bedroom by the door so I can't get out, and I have nothing to kill it with, and just writing this is making me feel all scared and shaky :s
I'm right with you on the wasps. I've never been stung by a bee or a wasp, but I also panic as soon as one comes anywhere near me. I actually got into a bit of trouble the other week with this until I explained the situation - I was on holiday and was buying a frozen lemonade, once I'd been handed the drink a wasp came hovering round me and the drink, and I ran for my life - before I'd paid So the shop keeper thought I was trying to nick it and ran after me

That incident aside though, I always make sure there's wasp killer in my house/room even in winter.
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Spiders. I can deal with small ones being in my room as long as they are a certain distance away from my bed but it's the fat ones that really get me. If I know there's a spider in my room but I don't know where it is I will sleep in the lounge.
Sorry but if you can sleep with small spiders in your room, you don't have a spider phobia. I can't sleep with huge spiders in my room either, but it's a dislike, NOT a phobia .
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Little girls, freak the actual hell out of me. Just picture a little girl stood in a dimly lit space clinging to a teddys severed head. Nuff said
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Eating, ordering or serving myself food in public. I wouldn't say that the eating part is a phobia, just a very severe fear, but I absolutely refuse to order food (whether face-to-face or over the phone) and having to serve myself food (for example, at a buffet or during or a meal in which the food is placed in the centre of the table and shared by everyone) makes me panic to such an extent that I start crying, shaking and hyperventilating like a 5-year-old and can't be calmed down until somebody else serves me. I have nightmares, the worst nightmares, about something as simple as buying an ice-cream from a stand or something.

(However, I'm perfectly fine with buying food from a supermarket, or any kind of shop in which the food is chosen, taken to the till and paid for - maybe it's the fact that there's no, or not much, interaction involved? I don't know.)

Either way, it's incredibly restrictive. I don't go anywhere because I know that there'll be food involved and if I do manage to convince myself to go out, I'll insist on not eating for the entire day (or longer) unless either I'm given a chance to go to a supermarket or somebody places the food in my hand themselves. I've only ever told one person about this and they were lovely about it, bringing me food whenever it was being eaten by everyone else without being asked to (not that I would, that's just as scary) and acting as if it was the most normal thing, but I'm not in touch with them any more and don't feel comfortable trying to explain it to anyone else.

The worst thing about it is that it's become a kind of become bulimia, minus the purging. If I'm out for longer than a whole day and haven't eaten anything for almost 48 hours, the first thing that I do when I come home is head straight into the kitchen and eat anything and everything. I just gorge and gorge and gorge like an animal until the food is pouring down my chin and staining my hand up to the elbow and splashed along every surface of the kitchen, almost until I feel faint and nauseous and one second away from bursting, and then I feel like absolute ****e and just want to cry. That feeling, however, is ten times better than the feeling of holy crap, holy crap, holy crap, I can't see, I can't breathe, I'm want to die, let me die, let me die, let me die that I get when somebody suggests that we get some McDonalds or whatever.

Weird, right?
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My fear of gas masks (yes, weird, I know) originates from the episode of Doctor Who called 'The Empty Child,' in which there were gas mask zombies. It makes me have nightmares to this day (7 years since the episode), and when I see a gas mask, I start to have panic attacks.
!!!! When I read the bit about you having a fear of gas masks, my mind immediately thought of that Dr Who episode and related it. But I was like 'don't be ridiculous, there's no way you two are on the same wavelength ' but I read on and voila! Phobias suck. I have one of spiders, it's absolutely awful. I think it's the legs pointed at an angle that gets to me :s can't look at pictures, and if ones like crawled across a wall, I would feel really uneasy touching the wall.



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Empty plastic bottles...it's getting worse because I will scream and run if someone puts one near me. I don't know why they just gross me out!
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Big groups of boys/men, private callers, strangers knocking at the door or calling up lol
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Cats...completely irrational fear. Everything about them terrifies me, this sounds so stupid but I don't actually know why and it's a silly fear to have. I can't even watch videos of cats or anything.
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I'm scared of cats too because my dads cats used to attack me when I was little lol
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(Original post by RubyMay)
Sorry guys but I studied phobias at A level and most of your 'phobias' aren't phobias at all, you're just scared of them. Read the ICD symptoms for phobia and if you HONESTLY for it, you have a phobia. If not you're just scared. Only 10% of the population have a real phobia according to pathologists. The others just think they do.


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Ah, it's alright guys, Dr A Level is in the house!

I studied schizophrenia in A-Level Psychology, doesn't mean I'm qualified to tell someone they do or don't have it.
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