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Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
4:22 am
[hollyrbrown]

Hi, after finding this via Google, I decided to re-create a livejournal account in hope that I could get some help!

I have a downstairs bedroom and my house was broken into about 5/6 months ago, nothing major was stolen and no one was hurt. However, ever since it happened I have been on guard pretty much every night. I lose count of how many times I check the doors are locked, I jump at the sound of every natural house creak and I generally just can't sleep easily unless I know another member of my family is downstairs (their sleeping patterns seem to be as bad as mine). I'm getting really fed up of being so afraid now, I'm too scared to even get up to get a drink or go to the toilet in case I bump into an intruder.

If anyone else has experienced anything similar, or knows what might help, it would be appreciated!

Monday, June 28th, 2010
11:22 pm
[bebe_de_lune]
Any people in their early to late 20s with thantophobia? I don't exactly have that phobia, if I do it's not crippling. I just seem to be experiencing my fear of death differently than other people I've talked to this about. Whenever I tell someone I am worrying or worried about dying I get cliche crap like, "You need to just come to terms with it", "Just deal with it", "Get over it". It's like they aren't even listening to ME, it's like they feel they know what they are supposed to say when a person says that... it feels depersonalized. I sometimes wake up with anxiety thinking I am just about to die. I realize since I have never experience death, these websites are claiming it's not really a "fear of death" and is probably caused by something else psychological. However, can we not fear something we've never experienced? It doesn't make sense to me that we couldn't fear death, it makes all the sense in the world to me that we should.

This has been going on for 6 years now. It started off really bad for me, although I dubbed it an existential crisis... I would leave my dorm room and realize every single person around me was going to die at some point. They looked like zombies to me and I was walking around feeling like one myself. I was just so overwhelmed and scared at the idea of nonexistence and even the idea of a possible existence after death... it all scared me. So, I'd make pit stops in between classes just to cry. I hardly stopped crying and I hardly felt anything at all at the same time, numbness.

Oddly I have no association fears due to death. No fears of cemeteries, I actually like them. I even once read a book on cadavers once.... I wasn't scared when I read it... but I still cannot get this to go away. I even have plans for what I want to be done with me after I die (saying that even bothers me-- mostly the "after I"). However, the idea of being a skeleton inside a bag of flesh bothers me sometimes when I am having my deep moments of thoughts on death, existence bothers me. In those moments if my hand touches or brushes any part of my body, I quickly move them away so they aren't touching any part of my body. It also pisses me off that humans are the only beings it seems that have to for some reason be keenly aware of their own deaths.

This isn't even something that bothers me all the time. I have a lot of other crap that I deal with. Having social anxiety, avoidant personality disorder, and major depression definitely doesn't help with this at all... it was probably even bound to happen. My constant thoughts of wanting to die.... really got me to thinking about what would happen... I mean I shouldn't care and I know it... as I won't feel or be aware of anything (as far as I know) when I'm dead. Still the idea of not being aware bothers me. I used to have issues with sleeping because of this... a sort of fear of not being awake, alert, and aware.

Anyway, please do not post to this saying some super cliche thing about death. Also, no religious comments, etc. I'll end up just deleting my post if that happens but before then I'd like to meet some others who would better understand me than it seems most humans (WTF... and that's utter crap if you ask me, since we are all going to die and we should all be experiencing this... even if just at some point in life... I guess I just need to catch people at the right moment, eh?).

Honestly, I really don't understand how the idea of death doesn't bother more people as deeply as it bothers me.... and that's what I want... people who will understand!
Thursday, February 12th, 2009
3:31 pm
[phobiashow]
Women and Phobias
Hey guys. My name is RJ and I'm working on a new cable television show for a major cable network. We're looking for women with phobias that we can attempt to cure. Unlike other pervious attempts at shows of this topic, we're interesting in following the entire journey and actually helping, as opposed to exploiting it. I've attached the casting notice. If you or someone you know is interested, please send me an email. We're not casting the show for long so make sure to do it ASAP. This is for women in the United States between the ages of 18 and 40. Thanks and good luck.

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DO YOU HAVE A PHOBIA?

Do you have a phobia that's holding you back from enjoying life? Are you looking for help? A major cable network is casting a show that will try and help women overcome their phobias. We're looking for women who have phobias that constrict their day-to-day life and want to take the next step in overcoming their fears. The show will put female phobic’s into a therapeutic environment to help them face their fears head on. Under the guidance of counselors and through the use of therapy the goal of the show is to help these women get their lives back on track. If you’re a woman who’s ready to eliminate your fear once and for all, this is the show for you!

Please email us with your name, age, contact information, picture, and phobia. Be sure to also include in your e-mail a brief description of how your phobia has prevented you from living life to its fullest and why you're ready to conquer it and finally move on.

Send your e-mails to: RJLareseCasting@gmail.com.
Thursday, May 29th, 2008
11:27 pm
[kittyagony]
Extraterrestrial phobia anyone?
Hi! I'm new and I have a pretty damn good fear myself. It's odd and it scares the daylights out of me...
There are not enough decent phobia communities but this looks nice so I joined. My phobia is rather unusual. At least it seems that way considering I've never met anyone who shares my extreme fear other than two strangers on the internet. I cannot find a name let alone any information on this phobia so I'm left to assume it is pretty damn rare. That alone makes me even more anxious. Anyway I'm extremely terrified of extraterrestrials and anything regarding them. I can tolerate War of the Words and ET but barely. And ET as cute as he is makes me cringe in fear. What really sets me in panic mode are what are referred to as the Greys: small facial features with the exception of their terrifyingly huge black eyes. Alleged to stand about 3-4ft tall. Pretty thin. Yadda yadda. Typing this out is making me freak out.

My earliest memory of this phobia was when I was about 4 years old. I always watched horror movies with my mom and never did they bother me. I was a Freddy fan at 6 years of age while my peers were crying when they watched Nightmare On Elm Street. Anyway I don't remember the movie or what it was about. The memory is quite fuzzy considering this was over 20 years ago. Some guy was standing in the middle of a room and (if I remember right) he transformed into a scary alien. I could be wrong but I know that aliens were involved in the movie somehow.

Everyone thinks it's hysterical. But I guess that comes with the territory of unusual fears. I've asked over the years on various sites what this phobia may be called. Typically I am told it's along the lines of Xenophobia which is the fear of foreigners or "strange" people. It is also sometimes related to racism but I'm pretty accepting of all people and am definitely not racist. And I'm not afraid of humans. I was also told that Xenophobia can also mean the fear of "strange things" but thats pretty vague and can mean anything in my opinion.

I've recently been on a quest to find out what the hell is wrong with me and maybe, just maybe, try to desensitize myself to this godawful fear. It's really hard though. I see a program on TV then an alien pops on the screen and I'm screaming and crying like a baby. My husband and I went to go see Indiana Jones last night and lo and behold what do I see? Aliens! Needless to say I was hiding my eyes like a kid told to cover their eyes during a scene in a movie with boobs.

Just today my husband told me (while laughing of course) "you're going to shit when I tell you this." My curiosity got the best of me and he told about this article. So now I'm scared shitless to see a "featured video" on you tube or myspace of this supposed alien. And you know I will be a screaming at a still shot of beady eyes.

Whether anyone can help or not is not of importance. I just thought I'd share my unusual phobia and maybe even find others who share my fear of these things.
Friday, January 11th, 2008
4:29 am
[ttssmf1989]
I forgot.
I forgot to add that I'm also afraid of: swimming with live animals, fish [live or dead], and pain to a certain degree. 
3:51 am
[ttssmf1989]
Hello

I'm not sure if some of my phobia's have names.
I'm Bipolar and I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Some of the phobias I have are induced by my O.C.D.

I'm afraid of typing, writing or saying something incorrectly.
What I mean is using correct grammar, punctuation, spelling, meaning, and explaing myself throughly.
If I don't do everything correctly, I become very agitated and I do it over as many times as it takes for me to do it right.
I use the dictionary and thesaurus more than I use the toilet. Seriously. I carry pocket sized editions with me and I buy a new one evry year because each year more and more words are added and I never want to come across a word a not know what it is. That scares me.
I guess you could call that a fear of imperfection to a certain degree.

I'm afraid of dying because I don't know what happens after I die. I agonize over death constantly wondering when I'm going to die, how I'll die, will it be painful, will people care, how will I be remembered, et cetera. I spend every waking moment alert, checking around me, calling out to make sure no one is trying to break in my house and harm me, listening to the house creak and the foundation settle and wondering if it's someone trying to get me. I even get scared when the mailman puts our mail through the door because it sounds like someone is trying to force open the door.

I'm also afraid of: walking on grates on the sidewalk, dark places, being somehwhere that is completely quiet, falling from high places, paranormal activity, choking, confined spaces, corpses, densely crowded areas [cafeterias, stores, clubs,malls, airports, et cetera.], contamination or infection, dryness, looking into peoples eyes or having them look into mine, frogs, imperfection, falling in love, certain names of people, rape [I have been, a few times.], people staring at me, and being overweight.



Current Mood: cold
Sunday, January 28th, 2007
12:43 am
[67stratocaster]
Hello- I just opened up anxietyover25, for people ages 25+ to relax and get friendly support for coping with anxiety disorders. Please feel free to drop by, if you'd like. We'd be happy to have you.

Mods, I will apologize and delete this post if you want me to.

Current Mood: hopeful
Monday, January 8th, 2007
6:49 pm
[gloworm6]
phobia of intruders/being attacked
Hi everyone, I just joined. I have an issue that has been bothering me for years but has significantly increased in the last few months. I suffer from a very intense, sometimes overwhelming fear of being attacked, particularly in or around my home. I live with 1 roommate in a 2-bedroom apartment. I am constantly checking around corners, down the hallway, in my bathroom, even under the couch, etc for intruders. In fact, my anxiety is rising now just thinking about the possibilities! I have a hard time leaving my apartment, especially at night, when I have to walk through the space between the living room and kitchen and cant see every corner. Out in front of the apartment is just as bad as there are several bushes and other parked cars where anyone could be hiding. More than once I have jumped in my car and sped away like a maniac out of fear. I also get scared often laying in bed at night that someone could be in the room or even standing over me and me not even realize it. Gosh thats scary! I live in a fairly safe, fairly small town and there is little crime, especially of any violent nature. My fear is completely unfounded and I know that, but it's absolutely terrifying. Tonight I walked out to my mailbox, about 50 yards away, and had to control my breathing as to not hyperventilate. It seems to be getting worse recently.

Now, heres my question. I work in the mental health field and have tried to do some reading and self-help things with myself to help this problem, but the phobia things dont really seem on target for me. They often talk about reminding yourself why its completely irrational, which in reality it's not - it doesnt make sense to tell myself to not be careful walking alone, even if the risk is small. They also talk a lot about flooding yourself with the stimuli, but I cant really do that either. Is it possible that this is more of an OCD trait, on the obsession side? I do have some other minor OCD traits. Or would it be a phobia? Because I think it's natural to have some small fear of this - most people just dont let it interfere with their lives.

Thanks for any answers to that question or other advice anyone can give me.

If I am away from home, except for a few very specific locations (banks, 7-11s), I'm perfectly fine.
Monday, January 1st, 2007
5:14 pm
[roseate_dreamer]
Hey everyone. I've had a social anxiety disorder/social phobia for years, which basically means I experience incredible discomfort and nervousness in social situations which seem to involve using voice. As a result of this, I've spent nearly all my school and uni years sitting alone or hiding or feeling afraid or very alone. I'm focusing on getting better. (This anxiety is unaffected by typing or what you might call "internet socialisation.") However I DO experience an incredibly amount of nerves trying to speak over the microphone or using my voice to people even online.
I've been setting goals for myself to try and have maybe up to an hour of conversation in a week to start with. I've only really made 20 minutes a week so far and that felt like a huge achievement for me. I just wondered if anyone here would be interested in helping me talk and have a voice conversation over Skype or MSN, so I can work on becomming comfortable talking. I think this would only really take 5 minutes or so of your time a day, or whenever we are both online, where we can attempt to have a voice conversation. Sometimes it takes me a lot longer than that to work up the nerve to speak, as I tend to hesitate a lot and get scared. But I'd really really appreciate anyone patient and fairly confident with talking and listening who would be willing to help me with this phobia.

At times I find it a lot easier to try and read out from something already written or from a poem or story on the web, in order to get used to using voice and not having to think of what to say. I guess people here with experience when it comes to phobias will know what it's like to freeze and be unable to think clearly or construct conversation easily. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. My MSN address is greybird_22@hotmail.com.

Thank you very much.
Tuesday, October 17th, 2006
7:38 am
[rarae_aves]
Globophobia
ok, i thought i'd share this story because you all seem to understand. i have this weird fear of balloons. the rubber ones, to be specific. i think it's mostly them popping. they're like a timebomb to me, truly.

i went to a baby shower with my boyfriend- well it was more of a welcoming party: the parents adopted the baby from a foreign country (i forget which). anyway, there were balloons there. they make me feel anxious seeing them floating there, but there were also LOTS of children at the party. the small room felt like a ball pit comprised of kids, seriously. balloons + children = total freak out(!). anyway, this child was playing with a balloon and let it go, it rose to the air and got caught in the ceiling fan!!! at this point, i am seriously feeling uncomfortable. i went as close to the door as possible, but i felt bad because we had just got there. all i could do was watch it circle around and around, getting closer to the center of the fan, and hearing that awful squicky noise from it rubbing on the post. needless to say, we didn't stay for too much longer.

closest thing i've had to a panic attack in a long time.

Current Mood: restless
Friday, June 30th, 2006
10:38 pm
[cellistkjp]
I have anxiety and panic. When I sit in movie theaters, I always feel like something terrible is going to happen. When I stop at stop lights when I'm driving in my car, I think I'm going to pass out. When I play piano or cello on stage in front of a large audience, I feel like I"m going to go out of control. What's going on?
Friday, May 12th, 2006
2:01 pm
[mondo_canine]
Newbie
Hello, I just joined this community because I've had many phobias over the years, some of which I overcame.

I've had a specific phobia for the past year, and it's really making my life difficult. When I'm in my bed at night, I get this crippling fear of zombies coming into my house and eating me alive.
If I sleep at someone else's house (including my mom's and my boyfriend's), I am terrified they will turn into zombies and eat me alive.

It really is taking a toll on my mental health since sometimes I only get 3 hours of sleep because of it.
I can't watch zombie movies, see zombie pictures or anything that looks zombie-ish, and if someone is hugging me I get sick to my stomach because I'm afraid they'll bite my neck.

I talk to people I know about this, and they all think it's funny.
I don't.

Is there a name for this? Does anyone else have this?
Thursday, April 13th, 2006
10:29 pm
[jalbobble]
Newbie
As you might have guessed, I have a phobia (or two).
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I'm guessing this somehow ties in with my OCD. Thank you for being a place for me to mind-dump: I've never done that before. I'm sorry for spamming up your community.

-Jess

Current Mood: worried
Wednesday, December 14th, 2005
3:33 am
[oudydarkbane]
i just want to say hi...i found this community doing a search for phobias..

i have a phobia that is not on any list or i have heard another person ever having.


i have a fear of foam rubber (the stuff that is on like...earphones adn stuff'

if i see it on tv or something totally freeze up. and if someone touches me with it i have a panic attack. all of my friends chase me around with it and stuffs..it sucks


thats about all..has anyone else heard of this or am i the only one?
Monday, October 31st, 2005
3:38 am
[iforgetyourname]
Hello, it's your friendly neighbourhood mod here!
So I make the community and then fuck off, and don't even bother to reply to any of your posts. I'm sorry, I'll catch up A.S.A.P.

I've got a question and something to discuss, but first I thought I'd share my phobias with you.

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Second, I really hate the attitude some people have towards phobias. Like I said, they don't understand the intensity of it, and expect us to just 'get over it', and think we're being wimpy and pathetic, and it makes an already difficult and sometimes embarrassing situation even worse.


Finally, and I will completely understand if you're not comfortable answering this, I was wondering if anybody has any 'disorders' of any kind that they feel are related to, or contribute to their phobias. I suffer from OCD and anxiety, and while I consider those separate from my phobias, I suppose parts of it could be considered a phobia. I mean, the obsession stems from fear a lot of the time, and I believe my anxiety does too.

I have noticed that it seems people with mental health problems are more prone to phobias, and I was just wondering what your opinions were on that.
Sunday, October 30th, 2005
4:18 pm
[kingfix]
Needle phobia
I have a problem. This article describes me perfectly. I have a massive phobia of blood draws. I pass out almost everytime blood is drawn. Just thinking about a routine venipuncture makes me sick to my stomach. However, tommorow I have to have a blood draw as part of the physical for my new job.
The main problem is that I know that I have to have this draw, but I also know enough to know that blood draws on me are potential MAJOR medical procedures. Smart doctors who are educated on needle phobia know this, and on the occasions where phlebotomy is called for, have a complete "crash cart" on hand, as blood pressure could drop far enough to send the patient into shock. All well and good. However, most doctors have no idea about needle phobia, and have a "suck it up" attidude. I also now enough to know that a needle stick is absolutly unnessicary tommorow. They want it to check my immunity status to Rubelola, Rubella and Varicella. I have up-to-date immunizations (included some less common immunizations, due to overseas travel), and while the Varicella vaccine was not available to when I was a kid, I have had chicken-pox. I'm hoping that they will allow me to have medical records faxed over, or at the very least, that they just do a finger-stick vs. a venipuncture. The finger-stick doesn't bug me at all, (neither does the poke that they have to do for the TB test), but venipuncture causes me to hit the floor everytime.
I think that using needles in medicine is a practice that will have to go away, if we want to make medicine available to all people. It is just not practicle to have a common procedure like that that is unavailable to 10-25% of the population, and to many of that 10-25% very dangerous. Reports say that 10-25% of the population are severly needle phobic (like myself) and accually many experts think that these estimates are low, as needle-phobic people tend to completly avoid medical attention. And it's not a "suck it up" problem. There are many indications that the response is genetic, and these possibly genetic symtoms are the worst (EEGs show wild, eratic brain activity during venipunture. Up to 11 different stress hormones are released. I personally experience moderate nervous hypoxia and vasovagal syncope [my brain becomes oxygen starved and I pass out]). I am feeling woozy just thinking about the procedure.
This problem is a major limiter in my life. I enjoy science, and love medicine. I would love to be a physican's assistant, but fear having to do needle procedures.
Anyway, that's about that. Hopefully I won't have to be stuck tommorow, or, if I do, that I'll do allright and won't have any severe reaction.
X-posted to my journal

Current Mood: sick
Tuesday, October 11th, 2005
1:30 am
[xscreamandshout]
Does anyone else have a phobia of hallucinogens? (Did I spell that right??).........I have a fear of them so badly I won't even touch walls or benches in public, among a list of other things I avoid...What would this be called?
Wednesday, August 17th, 2005
10:20 pm
[heyjuude]
I have Agoraphobia. Does anyone feel like making a new LJ friend?
Thursday, July 14th, 2005
8:29 pm
[emif]
The Sacred Fire
I got a job at a museum. Also all of you remember my theophobia or logged it away. Well they have a sacred fire. I was at one time a pyrophobiac you see. Not as bad anymore but still can't get too close to fire, light matches and fear candles with all of my soul. It is a Native American museum and they have rituals. That give me panic attacks.

You see the smudging just freaks me out being that it is a ritual. A simple harmless ritual but a ritual. I also am having some severe health fears dealing with the sacred fire. Smoke inhalation is one. Also tobacco as a sacred herb is offered to the fire. I fear I'll get lung cancer or some other horrible illness form this.

Another detail is the way you are to offer tot he fire. You have to get close to the fire and hand it to the fire. As an ex-pyrophobe, I look at this like they are trying to kill me. Also the word prayer is used a lot. My theophobia is triggered mostly with words and some images. Words like prayer, god, God, Jesus, church, ect. often bring about great anxiety. I also have a fear of public embarassment as this is done publically with people there.

They have told me that at any time if I feel uncomfortable with the rituals I don't have to take part. But I feel that would be rude. I would really like to be a spiritual person but I can't. I'm serious. Does anyone have any idea what I can do about the sacred fire, smudging and my theophobia?

Current Mood: anxious
Wednesday, July 6th, 2005
12:14 am
[aedammair]
My phobias...
I know, I know...over 5 phobias is a lot to have...and I have more than 20! Just keep in mind, a lot of these stem off of phobias I have had for a long time, and I am TRUELY scared of these things, as messed up as it may be...
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