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Wow, earthquakes would terrify me, too. We don't have earthquakes in Minnesota, though.
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. :(
O no! Poor sis! A cognitive behavioral therapist (CBT) told me. 'Put the pill in the back of your mouth. Take a big mouthful of water. Now, forget about the pill. Only think of the water. Now, swallow.' Works on 1 tiny pill for me; most are too big.
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).
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!!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Deathly afraid of them. I got caught in one. Not a nice experience.
We were in Ohio. My dad was driving and was trying to out run it.
Storm Chaser? Not!
Oh my goodness, Lor, how horrible! I really got the chills from reading your post! Mom and I were in the car trying to get home, too. I'm still afraid of broken glass and pink insulation (from the dead houses). No storm-chasing for us folks, I agree!
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!