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Hi! Let me try to help with this issue. I see that you've been waiting for quite a while to be answered without the experts answering until I logged on. I think that's because the question of fetishism that you ask is really a mental health question. And it is not an issue that you would resolve quickly. However, you are clearly a very sincere person and so I won't pretend that it will be quick to work on your fetishes, but you can resolve them with effort on your part in psychotherapy.
Let's begin by acknowledging that this is very hard for you and your sense of yourself and feeling good about yourself. So it is causing you a lot of anxiety. That's a common experience for people with unwanted fetishes. Therefore, I will also at the end of the posting give you a technique you can use on your own as well for when you are in the throes of anxiety and worries.
Next, let me give you a link to a good article about sexual fetishes that is geared for the general public as opposed to psychologists:
The article will help you right away see that your fetish has some relationship to your growing up, to your youth. This is an important part of treatment of fetishes. And it will play an important part in psychotherapy treatment.
The main thing is to interview the therapist and make sure the therapist is experienced in sexual issues and that you feel confidence in the therapist.
Okay, that should help you get working on these symptoms and get some relief. I wish you the very best!
Now, I want to give you a tool to use for when the anxiety is present. Here are instructions on a therapeutic protocol called Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR). It's really quite easy to do almost anywhere. My patients suffering from depression or anxiety, when I teach them PMR at first are amazed how simple it is and that it is a psychological protocol. It was first used in the 1920s! Since then, of course, it has been refined and many studies have been done showing its effectiveness. You will practice PMR at first when you don't wake up with an attack so that you will be familiar with it. I want you to practice the PMR at least 5-6 times before an attack or feeling acute anxiety. Why? Because when you're in the throes of anxiety, you will only remember to do something you are very familiar with it. So practicing 5-6 times is really a minimum.
I want to stress the importance of breathing as well. Part of the physiology of what is happening to you in anxiety states is that your breathing is getting shallower. This reduces the oxygen in your blood to your brain. That increases the anxiety reaction, which strengthens the attack and you are in a vicious cycle! Not good. So breathing is the primary tool. I have found in my practice that learning breathing techniques can be helpful. But some of my patients are not interested in learning more than one thing at the beginning, so I have found that just reminding you to BREATHE deeply at the same time you are doing PMR is almost as good. If you are willing to take a yoga class and learn breathing techniques, that's the best. But, breathing deeply with your PMR will help. So, we're ready for learning PMR. I want you to print my instructions below my signature and have a copy in each of the rooms of your home where you may be when you have an attack. And again, you need to practice this easy technique at least 5-6 times as soon as you can. It needs to become as natural to you as breathing. Ah, remember breathing?
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Quickly focusing on each group one after the other, with practice you can relax your body like ‘liquid relaxation’ poured on your head and it flowed down and completely covered you. You can use progressive muscle relaxation to quickly de-stress any time.
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