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Strange phobias

  1. Aug 24, 2005 #1

    wolram

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    Yep they can
     
  4. Aug 24, 2005 #3

    wolram

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    How could any one go through life afraid of money?
     
  5. Aug 24, 2005 #4
    They find ways of coping, get others to do there banking/shopping. Famlies and friends enable phobics a great deal, there is a lot of help/treatment out there.
    I do know of a lady who can not be left alone, she just panics and does outrageous things. The family goes to great lenths to make sure some one is there at all times.
     
  6. Aug 24, 2005 #5

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    That's a funny aspect of some anxiety disorders - it doesn't matter how absurd the feared object or situation is or how disproportionate their response; The person often feels like they have no control over it.
    If anyone around here thinks I'm a pretty rational, stable person, you might be surprised to see the list that I'm working on of my obsessions and compulsions. It's nowhere near finished, but gives you an idea of how different a person can be from their disorder. Looking at the list myself, I'm rather amazed that I manage to function at all. The list has a specific purpose and isn't meant to be shown to just anyone, so if you do read it and don't understand what I'm talking about, you can see this.
     

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    I have a fear of touching cotton wool, it makes me cringe just thinking about
    it, but i didn't see that in the list, am i unique ?
     
  8. Aug 24, 2005 #7

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    Apparently not, but there's help available!
    :surprised

    Don't worry, you're still very peculiar in my book. :biggrin:
     
  9. Aug 24, 2005 #8
    Do they really need to have atomosophobia down there, surely everyone is afraid of atomic explosions.

    Also, you gotta love bogyphobia - fear of the bogeyman.

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  10. Aug 24, 2005 #9

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    But how can any one be afraid of some thing as harmless and stupid?

    And i :!!) you to WB :tongue:
     
  11. Aug 24, 2005 #10

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    The bogeyman is the one my folks used to try and scare us with when we
    were kids, but it just made us worse :biggrin:
     
  12. Aug 24, 2005 #11

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    Amnesia, amnesiophobia.

    This one is paradoxical.
     
  13. Aug 24, 2005 #12

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    England, English - Anglophobia
    Well, that's understandable.
    everything - panophobia
    Hey, maybe this is what I have! :rofl: No, wait, I'm not afraid of cotton wool.
    Greek (or complex scientific) terms - Hellenologophobia
    figure 8 - octophobia
    flavours - geumophobia

    Okay, these are a bit odd, even for me.
    And the worst phobia to have...
    fear - phobophobia
     
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  14. Aug 24, 2005 #13

    wolram

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    Rose when did all this start ?
     
  15. Aug 24, 2005 #14

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    Early summer when I was 17, a little over 5 years ago. It wasn't always as bad as it is now - I used to be able to go outside and such - I managed to keep jobs and everything.
    But anyway, would you have guessed that there was something seriously wrong with me if I hadn't told you? Most people wait years before seeking treatment and manage to hide it quite well if they try.
     
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  16. Aug 24, 2005 #15

    wolram

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    you wouldn't be afeared of old wolram rose, you wouldn't have time :rofl:
     
  17. Aug 24, 2005 #16

    wolram

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    I think some thing bad hapend when you were 17 ?
     
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    Ha, I'm always on the lookout for woolierams. :bugeye:
     
  19. Aug 24, 2005 #18

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    Nope. Well, there is something that I think is connected, but it wasn't a bad experience - just realizing that I needed to be responsible for my own safety and success. It was phrased more like saving myself from the fates that I most feared, but these were things like never achieving some of my important goals and such; They weren't fears of snakes or anything like that. Oddly enough, I just noticed this connection last week!
    Just before I had my first episode, I had been having the same dream every night for about a month or so: I was in immediate danger and running from something or someone - and that's what my earliest obsessions were about.
     
  20. Aug 24, 2005 #19

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    I have heard they can give one a wicked butt, though most of the time they
    are well behaved.
     
  21. Aug 24, 2005 #20

    wolram

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    Your running from the possibility of failure, and you have set your goals so
    high that you may?
    It seems to me that you are unknowingly punishing yourself, but i am no
    authority.
     
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