How to treat trypophobia?
Hello, I am 19 years old. I have trypophobia. Once I saw an image of lotus seed pod in internet. I got discomfort. The feeling was unusual. It consisted of panic attack, nausea, a fast heartbeat, sweating, goose bumps, or a feeling like my skin is crawling. The entire day I was low. I was not aware of this terminology, recently I got to know. How to overcome this I am trying to look for. Do I need to see a doctor? Does it happen with everyone? Please suggest.
@ganesh Trypophobia is a fear or disgust of closely-packed holes. People who have it feel nauseous when looking at surfaces that have small holes gathered close together. For example, the head of a lotus seed pod or the body of a strawberry could trigger discomfort in someone with this phobia. The phobia is not officially recognized. Studies on trypophobia are limited, and the research that is available is split on whether or not it should be considered an official condition. Researchers don’t agree on whether or not to classify trypophobia as a real phobia. One of the first on trypophobia, published in 2013, suggested that the phobia may be an extension of a biological fear of harmful things. The researchers found that symptoms were triggered by high-contrast colors in a certain graphic arrangement. They argue that people affected by trypophobia were subconsciously associating harmless items, like lotus seed pods, with dangerous animals, such as the blue-ringed octopus. A study published in April 2017 disputes these findings. Researchers surveyed preschoolers to confirm whether the fear upon seeing an image with small holes is based on a fear of dangerous animals or a response to visual traits. Their results suggest that people who experience trypophobia don’t have a no conscious fear of venomous creatures. Instead, the fear is triggered by the creature’s appearance.