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My friends sometimes think Im joking when I am afraid

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I HAVE A FEAR OF CERTAIN PATTERENS. WHAT IS THIS CALLED AND COULD IT BE SERIOUS? My friends sometimes think Im joking when I am afraid of them. Not every Pattern Just some! I Imagine it taking over my skinn and I began to itch and get sick and fearful. I mean just talking about it is making me nervous right now. This has been going on every since I got this rash when I was 13 years old and it went all over my body. I couldn't evern look at myself. I didn't want to touch myself and now I have this problem but the rash has been gone dor 6years.
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Cheryle replied 11 years ago.


I am not completely sure if you can find the term used for your particular phobia, however, I wanted to send you to the following link that describes the terms of many various fears & phobia's.

I hope this will help you find what you need. If you need anything else, please write again.

Click on:

Take care & wish you the best!!!

Expert:  xarqi replied 11 years ago.

There does not appear to be a term for this. I propose

"protypophobia", in keeping with the Greek roots used for

similar terms. This, in my humbe view, is so obviously the

correct term that failure to find it in searches of the web implies

to me that your condition is rare. You are not alone however.

I'm afraid of heights and dogs and normal things like
that, but one of my close friends has the coolest phobias ever.
She's afraid of empty abandoned office buildings, and patterns.
As far as I know, there isn't even a word for the fear of patterns,
but she had a serious problem with an orange that had cloves
put into the skin on a regular pattern. Something about that
frightened the hell out of her. Maybe she was attacked by
wallpaper as a kid or something.


(You may find that site a useful resource)

Whether or not it has a name, if your fear is affecting your path

through life, making you uncomfortable, or limiting your choices

in any way, it IS serious.

As a first step, I suggest that you discuss this with your usual

medical adviser. I would expect that there would be a referral to

a psychologist or counsellor with a view to gradually defusing

the associations that you have with some patterns.

I wish you well - if nothing else, you may enter the medical

literature as the index case for protypophobia!

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
I would first like to thank you for your responces. However I still do not believe my questions have been answered. I still feel like you are taking a guess. I need to know WHAT it is so that I can take the stepes toward getting rid of this problem. Im tired of people laughing at me and not being able to watch movies like SHREK because I cant look at the prints on his vest. I want this to go away . But HOW? I still feel like I know nothing about this. I hope there is someone out there who can help me. Please dont give up on me.
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Cheryle's Post: Thank you for responding but I need to know more than this . All Im running into is "maybe this and maybe that" I need to know what it is so I cant take the steps to get rid of it. I need to know its name.
Expert:  Steve -- a.k.a. Oreport replied 11 years ago.

I hope you realize that no one is trying to minimize or not take seriously your obviously very real and troubling phobia.

Unfortunately, it seems likely that there is (at least on the Internet)
no answer for the specific: 'What is my phobia called?' Part of
your question.

Xargi is an absolute top-notch Internet researcher -- trust me, if he
didn't find a specific name for your phobia -- it more than probably
has not yet been named.

That said, however, just because your phobia may not yet have a 'label'
-- does not mean that your phobia is untreatable or unmanageable.

Psychiatrists and psychologists effectively treat people of phobias
everyday. Treatments may focus on discovering and talking about
the roots of your fears -- or 'extinguishing' your fear through
behavior therapy designed to confront situations which trigger your
fear reaction -- medication may or may not be a part of the treatment
of a specific person's phobias.

You ask if your phobia can be serious. Phobias are usually
considered serious (and therefore treatment is recommended) when and if
a person feels that their phobia is causing too many problems -- that
is interfering with their daily life.

If this is -- or is becoming -- the case with you I recommend that you
discuss this problem with your doctor -- and ask him or her for a
referral to a psychiatrist or psychologist who treats phobias.

You seem to have very clear insight into past events which may have played a role in bringing
about your pattern phobia. This insight is an extremely good
predictor of treatment success.

While you may be afraid of patterns -- I hope you will not be afraid to seek treatment for your fear of them.

Let me know if you need more input. If not, thanks for the
opportunity to assist you... I would really appreciate your honoring my
efforts by 'pushing the button' and Accepting this answer. Adding
a bonus -- should you wish to do so -- is always warmly welcomed.

Good Luck!


Expert:  xarqi replied 11 years ago.
With respect, I have answered your specific questions.

It's name, if it has one, is protypophobia.
It is clearly serious if it is concerning you as much as it seems to.
The first step toward addressing this problem is to consult with
your regular doctor, Thereafter, expect psychological
counselling to address the causes of your phobia.

Which part of your question do you feel has not been addressed?

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