Do you have a serious phobia or 2 and simply accept that it is what it is and live with it..
OR...have you considered therapy to try to get through it and no longer have to deal with it?
I am terrified of spiders, but not enough that it's crippled me mentally or anything. Therapy isn't required.
I hate cockroaches and airplanes, both I would freak out. Airplanes, I can';t step into it because I fear death. Cockroaches, have you tried having it climbed into your anus??
I just live with it. I am afraid of the dark and always have been. My grandparents lived in a 120-year-old house, and I felt spirits moving around from the time of my first memories. My parents laughed at me. I know now that I am a sensitive (that's a poor relative to a psychic) and I feel things that are there that other people don't feel. I have thought about past-life regression to see if that might help or was it because my parents didn't properly address the problem when I was a child?
Of course it's their fault! Isn't everything our parents fault? Seems to me that's the one thing that continually gets handed down automatically.......since Adam & Eve to be exact, if we believe that tale!
Paula, I can't tell if you're being factious. Actually, I think I was born with the phobia from a past life, but as I said my parents laughed at me. I had basically good parents, but daddy tried to make his little girl tough.
LOL.MzB...I was being my usual "sarcastic" self..referring to how at some point we ALL have a tendency to blame Mom or Dad.( a kind of generational thing) I'm sure you had great parents just by knowing YOU! I blame my parents 4 all bad things LMAO!!
I'm scared of ladders or open-backed stairs. Just can't do it. I go into sheer panic. I have no idea when I developed this phobia. When I was a little girl, nothing frightened me. I was a dare-devil all the way.
I'm also highly claustrophobic. But so is my mom and brother. I guess I inherited it. I can't even undergo an MRI without being knocked out.
ladders & panic? I used to try to fight my fear of heights. got up on ladder to wash windows & FROZE in utter fear & panic. Stood there totally still, crying for over an hour til my husband came home from work!! I was 8 mos. pregnant! d
I can relate. My son has to put up our Christmas lights and take all the decorations out of the attic.
Another phobia is haunted houses (even the fake ones). I freeze and absolutely cannot move! I'm not much fun anymore unless you don't scare me!
Too many accidents occur because of ladders. It's scary for sure.
Astar...and I have a permanently painful ankle to prove what you just said!!
Fortunately, I don't have any phobias, but I'm very familiar with agoraphobia (fear of the marketplace) because a dear friend of mine suffers from it. She's had various types of mental health therapy, listened to hours upon hours of relaxation tapes, and even been hospitalized briefly.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy seemed to work best for her. She finally reached the point where she could leave her home and even drive. (I recall the many times when we were in our thirties and she'd call me in a panic, parked beside the highway after trying to drive a short distance. If I couldn't talk her through the episode, I'd have to go to where she was and take her home.)
I give her full credit for not giving up, for trying different therapies and working hard to overcome what (for her) was incredibly frightening. She told me that the panic attacks she suffered convinced her she was dying. She learned to just let her mind and body go through the feelings, letting them wash over her while telling herself that she wasn't going to die. Finally, the attacks lessened so that she could function.
Agoraphobia, in varying degrees of intensity, is more common than most people realize. I think it's the most emotionally painful phobia and can be completely debilitating. Can you imagine being afraid to open your front door and leave the house?
Jaye.Yes it is more common than we think & for the sufferers is quite debilitating. I've had a small taste of what it must be like, because I had a short bout myself, but it was after serious trauma, so it was basically just getting over it. Than
I had a serious phobia. I think I wrote a hub about it a while back. But I finally had to seek treatment for it because it was disrupting my life. I had serious panic attacks - over bananas!
Yea, even I laugh about it now, but one day at work, a co-worker stepped up beside me and put her hand on my shoulder. I turned my head and she had a banana in her hand and therefore it was right in my face!
I ran screaming from the room, couldn't catch my breath and the idiot woman was chasing me - still carrying the banana!
Another friend knew what was going on and she finally caught up to the person and had her go away. She helped me back to work, but I had trouble going into the same room where bananas were.
I checked into a phobia treatment center at the college and was cured in less than six weeks.
They use self meditation and relaxation to help you cure your phobias. You have to face them eventually and it was the hardest thing I ever did. But I am completely cured, even to this day.
No, no one, not even me, knew why I was phobic to bananas. It's an 'irrational' fear! But the panic attacks are real.
Interesting question. My closest phobia would be my fear of clowns, which I am still working on. I don't know if I am a full-fledged Coulrophobic...but not to far off. :-)
Genna...Maybe you know this, but your "fear of clowns" is more common than others would think. Apparently this begins in childhood (which makes sense) Just recently my eldest son told me he HATES clowns. Hate must be the macho fear! LOL
Definitely! Mine began after a visit to the circus as a little girl. I have to keep remembering that "clowns are people, too." I know how your son feels. Lol.
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