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Trypophobia - hole phobia

Trypophobia misspelt as "tripophobia" is also known as the hole phobia. Whichever you call it, trypophobia is the irrational fear of clustered holes.
 To get a full detail explanation on the causes, symptoms and cure of trypophobia, click HERE. In this article, I'll be categorising trypophobia into 2 types based on the recent discovery that trypophobia is triggered in many individuals by different type of images. The 2 main types are:

i. Holes in skin/Trypophobia skin disease

ii. Holes in plants and insects

Yes! Different people have trypophobia by different causes. I noticed personally that I get irritated with holes in skin rather than of other things while other clients say otherwise.

i. Holes in skin
Holes in skin are usually pictures of infected skin people call trypophobia skin disease. Trypophobia skin disease appears as holes in skin and these skin holes however, are nearly all fake, if not all. These skin holes created by photo editors are meant to irritate you and I if we had trypophobia of skin holes cause of the mixture of the disgusting sight of tiny holes probably filled with infections and blood all over. Medical personells are not so likely to have the fear of holes, I don't think I need to explain why but as for people like me, knowing these skin holes are fake may also constitute to curing trypophobia.

ii. Trypophobia in plants and insects
Unlike the trypophobia skin disease, trypophobia here are the more natural types which include the fear of lotus holes and other types of holes developed on plants.
Lotus holes are the leading causes of trypophobia in plants.
 The honeycomb is in turn the leading naturally occurring type of trypophobia caused by insects.
Other examples include the toad belky full of eggs and some others such as the following images

How to cure trypophobia
Trypophobia unlike many other phobias is actually really easy to cure - take it from an ex trypophobic patient (me!). Click HERE for ways on how to cure trypophobia on your own and be a free man or woman like me! Thank me later!

 So, which type of trypophobia do you have let me know in the comments below thanks!

Fear of Heights Phobia - Acrophobia

is Acrophobia?

 Acrophobia, the fear of heights is an abnormally persistent fear of high places. Abnormal because in most cases, while everyone else would feel safe looking down a skyscraper from the inside, a person with acrophobia would already be perhaps shaking while barely taking a peep. I have a friend who's over 6 feet and yet is acrophobic, so now I wonder how he's not scared of looking down with his massive height lol.
 Height phobia however is a good and somewhat normal type of phobia because we all have some tendency of acrophobia and in most cases, it prevents us from doing stupid things like a back flip off the 5th floor but cases where height phobia becomes a really disturbing feeling is beyond just normal, some of which include avoiding tall companies to work with, the day to day work like fixing a lightbulb or climbing tall staircases.

Symptoms of Acrophobia

Symptoms of acrophobia are easily identified as they are triggered when a situation associated with high places is involved. The more popular symptoms of acrophobia include:
- grasping for air
- sweatiness
- shaking
- dizziness
- shock
 All the above symptoms of acrophobia are caused generally by the person's fear of falling and getting hurt or worse.

Causes of Acrophobia

The causes of acrophobia like many other phobias are largely debated. Studies show acrophobia may be hereditary, others suggest that it might arise from past experience of psychological trauma associated with heights. Perhaps the person has fallen from a tall structure in the past or has witnessed it firsthand.
 The most widely accepted cause of acrophobia is that the fear of heights phobia might be a survival instinct. Research has shown, being a type of phobia belonging to a category of specific phobias called space and motion discomfort, many mammals show similar repulsive behaviours when brought to higher grounds - an attribute similar to cats' rejection to moving near water bodies like lakes and streams.

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to Overcome Acrophobia

Treatments for the fear of heights are luckily available, so you have a lot of hope for getting rid of acrophobia. Cognitive-behavioural therapy is without doubt the first suggested option and to overcome fear of heights by yourself, a few ways have been complied together HERE.
 So, good luck fighting your fear of heights!


Trypophobia - the Fear of Holes

The fear of holes, trypophobia is a type of phobia where the patient is afraid or rather irritated of clustered and irregular pattern of holes. I, along with 15% of the world's population are said to be trypophobic, so you're not alone!(if that makes you feel any better). Trypophobia was rumoured to have been identified just 2005 making it a rather new type of phobia compared to the others.
 Although it is called the "fear of holes", trypophobia is actually more likened to irritation and disgust because most trypophobic patients (like myself) on seeing irregular patterns or tiny holes feel like squashing or destroying such object rather that having the phobia of holes in the actual sense.

 Test for trypophobia

If you're irritated by the following images, then you are most likely a trypophobic patient


Symptoms of trypophobia

The above images make goosebumps rise all over my body, itching sensation all over and I feel like squashing the darn images at times and other times just crawling under my bed and crying like a big fat cry baby. Those are my symptoms of the phobia of holes, other symptoms include
*increased heart rate
*heavy breathing
*uncontrolled trembling
*throwing up or just feeling so
 Those are the few among the many symptoms of trypophobia. It is also observed that people get trypophobic symptoms by different type of images for instance a person might feel the symptoms of trypophobia by seeing the picture of holes on plants or non-living things and reverse is the case for others. This is just a few among the many instances however.

Causes of trypophobia
Trypophobia, unlike the other phobias doesn't exactly have a known cause, however, scientists as always, have come up with the possible causes of the fear of holes which they mentioned it being the work of the brain saying the brain is trypophobic and its trying to associate the holes with some kind of danger. While interviewing some clients, they concluded that:
i. The brain sees danger in such objects and wishes to keep them away example is the blue ringed octopus whose poison is enough to kill a man.
ii. Past experiences such as chicken pox, severe skin rashes and the likes may cause a permanent scar in the memory.
iii. The sight of holes in the body caused by parasites or infections(image 3) can get a person scared of such ever happening to them.
 Others, like me just don't have a known reason. I mean, why would you be irritated by a sweet yummy honeycomb?

How to cure trypophobia
 Curing trypophobia might be easy or hard or both! As a victim, I came across some ways to cure trypophobia myself and so I made an article with all the gathered knowledge on "How to Overcome Phobia". The methods have frankly helped to reduce but not YET completely eradicate the fear of holes I'm having(not so persistent). Other methods include the popular Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which you'll need an expert for but always remember, you can always avoid seeing trypophobic images, I mean how often do you see a bunch of irregular pattern holes? Moreso, there is little we know today about trypophobia which in fact isn't officially recognised as a phobia.

 How did you feel after seeing those images? Kindly comment below, your response will highly be appreciated!

Ophidiophobia - Fear of Snakes Phobia

 Fear of snakes phobia, ophidiophobia is one of the most common phobias there are. Rating number 2 in the world's top 20 phobias, individuals having ophidiophobia may live life without anxiety as it is rare to come across snakes just anywhere except for a few who live in remote areas and farms or work in a zoo. Severe cases of ophidiophobia among patients may lead to heart attacks or even death at the slightest thought or images in books or on television of snakes.

What causes ophidiophobia?
  The causes of ophidiophobia are quite numerous, the major reasons being:
i. Genetic traits: yes! Ophidiophobia can be inherited so if a family member has the fear of snakes in their gene, then you might have inherited it from them.
ii. Witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event(s) by snakes: this may occur either by stepping on one, getting bitten or hissed at or witnessing such event happen.
iii. From movies or documentaries: people often get the misconception of snakes after watching a couple similar television programmes on how blood thirsty or wicked they are which often times are exergerated. This cause of ophidiophobia is majorly due to the result of having little or no understanding of snakes before hand.

Symptoms of the fear of snakes
  Ophidiophobic patients react rather violently when events involving them seeing a snake arise, such reactions include:
- uncontrollable anxiety when about seeing a snake.
- increased heart rate, heavy breathing, shaking or trembling at the sight of a snake.
- screaming or crying unconsciously or even fainting on seeing a snake.
- feeling to avoid the scenery at all means.

How to cure ophidiophobia
  Among the many ways to overcome the fear of snakes, we have:
i. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: this method of overcoming ophidiophobia helps the individual find the thought patterns that cause them to have the fear erupt. This means when the patient thinks of a snake, a second thought always follows such as "they are so scary", " the fangs, deadly!" and so on. The patient writes these thoughts down to help know when the anxiety starts and learns to replace the thoughts to positive facts.
ii. Desensitisation and reprocessing: [see also stare your phobia in the eyes here] This method helps to overcome ophidiophobia by giving the patient images of snakes to look at gradually increasing their confidence.
iii. Group therapy: having a couple people all having ophipiophobia gather and talk about their experience can really help treat the fear of snakes. This method works for many other types of phobia too. A problem shared is half solved right?

 So, don't let phobia kill you! Get help today! Good luck and stay safe.

How To Overcome Phobia - 3 Ways Out

 To overcome phobia, a lot of confidence and determination is needed why? Well, because its practically you facing your fears.
  We can always see a doctor or a specialist to help us overcome our phobias and fears but this article will be focused on self treatment methods of curing phobia which you may combine with the doctor's own prescribed ways to overcome phobia.

METHOD 1: stare your phobia in the eyes
 This without doubt works for all kinds of phobia especially phobias for objects and living creatures.
Step 1: to overcome phobia, you have to face it, first start by thinking and visualising such object or scenario that you have a phobia for. You might get the chills just thinking about it but don't stop. Be consistent about the thought of such phobia until you're less afraid of thinking about it.
Step 2: proceed to looking at the pictures of the phobia you want to get rid of. If it's phobia for high places - Acrophobia, download pictures of people looking down from skyscrapers, but take it equally slow and consistent and you may pull back when it gets too much but get back at it later.
Step 3: finally, face your fears in real life. You wanna overcome the phobia for dogs for example, stare a dog in the eyes and pet it! Start with a puppy on leash then to a loose puppy then perhaps a bunch of puppies before going on to bigger dogs.
NOTE: this may take time but consistency is the key, you'll soon get confident.

METHOD 2: change what you see the phobia to be
 This method has a lot to do with mental reasoning and can be quite difficult how? Well, overcoming phobia by changing the way you see it means you have to;
* sit yourself down and think "why am I scared of a cockroach? Its harmless, I can squash it, I rule!"
* change your thoughts to good, don't think "that dog will bite me if I go near it", think "that dog is harmless! I'll go over there and pet that adorable dog".
 We tend to exergerate phobia and often forget they might just be mere imaginations.

METHOD 3: eat your way out of your phobia 
A good number of patients willing to overcome there phobia have successfully done so using this method using food rich in contents that reduce stress and anxiety.
 Food that reduce stress and anxiety include:
*protein-rich food: such food supplemented with carbohydrate can help reduce anxiety. A good choice would be a bowl of white rice with turkey.
*Food rich in vitamin C: vitamin C is known to be present in a lot of fruits especially citrus and can help cure anxiety and distress, while you would go for oranges, also consider other fruits like red chilli pepper, guava and black currants.

Battling our phobia can be tough but with determination and persistence, anything is possible! Good luck.
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What is a Phobia

A phobia is a severe anxiety or fear of something that in actuality may not pose any serious or actual danger. A person that has phobia for something (could be anything) usually shows general signs of phobia such as getting distressed, scared or causing irritations on their skin like goose bumps, skin changing colour and the likes.
 Phobia is the general name for these extreme and unnecessary fears, to be more specific on that type of phobia, there must be a prefix to the word 'phobia', an example is Trypophobia, meaning the fear of holes, another is type of phobia is Astraphobia meaning the fear of storms and so on it goes.
 Everybody has what they fear or is afraid of but when it starts affecting your daily life or makes you feel ridiculously  uneasy, then it may be a phobia. Take for example,

 Sam's Fear Of Heights;
 Meet Sam, a responsible father of 2, Sam appears to be having Acrophobia - the fear of heights phobia. Due to Sam's phobia, he cannot by himself do some manly jobs in the house like change the kitchen bulb since he'd need to climb an higher surface to do so, he's tried but keeps freaking out. Even when his kids' ball gets stuck on a tree, he'd be left with no choice but to walk away and beg the neighbours instead due to this phobia. No travelling by plane for Sam, he prefers getting 10 hours late to the venue by road.
 Now if you feel your case of fear is similar to that of Sam, then you might want to consider getting help on how to overcome phobia.

 The more common types of phobia include;
a.The fear of spiders - Arachnophobia
b.The fear of snakes - Ophidiophobia
c.The fear of close spaces - Claustrophobia
d.The fear of heights - Acrophobia
e.The fear of storms - Astraphobia
 So now you know what phobia means, be sure to check out this site to see the various type of phobias we have in the world and the possible symptoms and cures. Be sure to leave a comment afterwards!


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