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Do you have any actual phobias? If so, would you be willing to share how they affect your life?


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Laura Schneider says

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  • Lesleysherwood 3 years ago

    My sister has the same phobia as yours. The poor girl has to always ask for meds to be in liquid form. Its like a self fulfilling prophecy though, because the more she panics - the more likely she will choke. :(


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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Wow, earthquakes would terrify me, too. We don't have earthquakes in Minnesota, though.

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Deonne Anderson (ladydeonne) says

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing ladydeonne! You're not alone—they're common phobias. You might want to try cognitive behavioral therapy to get rid of the fears, or at least diminish your reaction to them. If you can get the courage, pet a snake—they feel awesome!

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Desmondlee89, you are so brave to face your fear/phobia of heights or being unbalanced in such an extreme way! Yay for rock climbing! Nothing like jumping into the deep end to learn to swim! You must have been so terrified at first. You go, girl!

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    LastRoseofSummer2, I'm so sorry to hear this! Please seek medical care (possibly cognitive behavioral therapy and medication) soonest. This can be cured/helped! You don't need to live with these horrible fears! Reach out for help and get better soon!


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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Oh, Jennifer Bart, I'm so so sorry! I know someone else with OCD and, indeed, they control every aspect of her life and many aspects of her children's lives because of the ways she has to behave. I wish you well and freedom from OCD and phobias ASAP.


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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Denise Handlon, I'm so glad you were able to overcome your fear of spiders.

    I chew pills or separate capsules into a spoon and take meds that way, usually with soda to cover the taste. I check with Dr. and Pharm.D. to make sure it's OK for each med.

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, IslandBites. It's clear from your wording just how terrified of water you are. Researching the bridges first isn't a bad idea, though (I live in Minneapolis, where we had a major bridge collapse during rush hour a few years ago).

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Peach or apricot skins creep me out, too, but not to the phobia level, just dislike. You're NOT crazy for loving peaches or apricots but hating the skins, you just need someone to peel them for you that's all :-). I adore velvet, though, I confess.

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Because you're an adult doesn't mean you can't/shouldn't be afraid of anything! They're scary to almost everyone at any age! It's totally fair to tell your doctor and ask for an anti-anxiety pill before anything major. Self talk is great, though!!

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Hannah (Grab a Controller) says

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Grab a Controller, you have nothing to worry about: your fears and phobias are common to many people. Needles, snakes, bats, and pain sound like good things to be afraid of if anything! I share your fear of bats and pain, and I think many people do.

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Whoah! Talk about a creepy-crawly story. I can totally see why you're afraid of bugs--lots of people are. I even once was told every relationship needs 3 things: someone to kill bugs, someone to parallel park, and someone who can lift heavy things.

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Ezekiel Mayes (ezekielmayes) says

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    ezekielmayes, you are in good company with your fear of heights. Seems like everyone is. (Personally, confession, I love them!).

    Good for you for shunning failure and striving for success! If more people felt that way, the more peace in the world!

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Jessica Charo (Jess Charo) says

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing, Jess! You have nothing to be ashamed of, and there would have been nothing wrong with going on medication. My house was destroyed by a tornado in 1987 (just before my Sr. year in high school)--I understand this phobia too well.


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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Wow! Chaosrose, what an ordeal! I think many people who are prone to it would get a panic attack in that situation. I got a claustrophobic, chilly feeling just reading about it! (Overactive imagination.) Thanks for sharing your ghostly story with us!

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Lesleysherwood says

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    Laura Schneider 3 years ago

    Oh, Lesleysherwood, I am so sorry. Have you sought the help of a cognitive behavioral specialist (CBT) to try to overcome these phobias? You are VERY brave to go this alone, without help. I wish you success in putting these phobias behind you! Peace!

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