Trypophobia is a phobia or fear of closely-packed holes. Not just fear but a strong disgust against such small holes which are gathered together.
Those who feel uneasy and Vomitory by just looking at them are also considered to have Trypophobia.
People who feel uneasy looking at the body of strawberry are an example of the people having this phobia.
This fear of clustered holes is not officially recognized. There are decidedly fewer studies on trypophobia. Also, some researchers have raised questions related to the existence of trypophobia as a phobia or a condition.
There are some animals which have this kind of holey patterns on their bodies.
The researchers say-
According to researches, even though there is still a classification needs to done for trypophobia, as to whether or not it is a phobia.
In fact, in one of the studies published in 2013, it was suggested that this phenomenon might be an extension of the phobia from harmful things. This was because they believed that triggers of the same are subconsciously related to harmful objects.
There are many associations which have not recognized this problem as a phobia. For instance, The American Psychiatric Association’s “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual” does not consider it as an official phobia.
Why does trypophobia happen to people?
In a study undertaken in 2017, explained that this phobia happens to a person because of the infectious diseases or due to the presence of parasites. Trypophobia works as an evolutionary response and makes a person alert about those contagious diseases.
The researchers further explained that trypophobic people might have a perception of their own of these cluster images to be cues of ectoparasites and skin-transmitted pathogens.
Whereas a study on the behavior of children towards these images was found to be strange discomfort, and this discomfort was due to the characteristics of the cluster pattern itself and not because of the biological reason mentioned above.
Before moving forward, we should have an idea about the most common things which triggers trypophobia.
Some of these triggers are-
- Lotus seed pods
- Sea sponges
- Aluminum metal foam
- Cluster of eyes
- Soap Bubbles
- Water condensation
Now that you know what are the things which can make you feel uneasy and queasy, you should also be aware of the symptoms of this phobia.
If you want to know whether or not you are a trypophobic or not, then you should check the following symptoms.
- Feeling uneasy or afraid by seeing such images.
- If you feel nauseous looking at those small holes.
- Furthermore, if you undergo sweating during such exposure.
- Also, if you are having body shakes, which is not so healthy.
- If you are facing any visual discomfort when you look at the triggers mentioned above.
- Experiencing panic attacks can be another symptom.
- If unnecessary skin itching is making irritated.
- You might have goosebumps, with just one look at these clustered holes.
- Skin crawling.
- Feeling repulsed all of a sudden.
- Undergoing distress.
If you are undergoing such symptoms while having an exposure to the triggers mentioned, then it is very much possible that you have trypophobia.
If you have more than 2 or 3 symptoms from the above list, then assure yourself to have this phobia.
Now that you are clear about whether or not you are trypophobic. Let’s get to know what treatments are there to overcome this phobia.
Even though there is no specific treatment for trypophobia, but you can try a therapy which is found to be the most effective.
Exposure therapy- It is a type of psychotherapy which aims at changing your responses to the positive side. The primary focus of this therapy is to change your behavior towards the situation or objects which is causing you to fear.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)- In this therapy along with exposure therapy some other techniques are also included. It helps you to manage your trepidation and fear and eliminates the overwhelming feeling from your thoughts.
There are specific other treatments which you can try to overcome this anxiety from clustered holes.
- Try physical activity and undertake exercises to manage your anxiousness.
- Talk it out to a psychiatrist or therapist, you will feel better after every next session.
- To eliminate the panic symptoms, you can also try some sedatives or medications.
- Meditation and yoga can also be beneficial.
- Try some mindful strategies to manage your anxiety.
- Also, taking care of your daily routine is necessary, so good sleep, proper food is the goal.
- Also, if possible drop your habit of drinking caffeine (not so helpful for anxiety)
You can also try-
Joining self-help groups- this may not be sounding such a big problem for you to enter a self-help group. But believe me, if you are in a severely suffering from such anxiety, then don’t think about other people just do what makes you feel better.
Some people find it very comforting to be a part of the self-help group.
Visualization methods- the very next suggestion for overcoming this fear is trying some relaxation techniques. This may include some visualization methods and exercise-based techniques.
Possible risk factors
Even though there are not much-known risks associated with Trypophobia, but according to research, people with this phobia might also have a major depressive disorder or Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
This means that there might be a link between trypophobia, major depressive disorder, and GAD.
Also, in one more study, there was a link found between social anxiety and trypophobia.
People who think are having the symptoms mentioned above should surely consult a doctor. The doctor may ask some questions related to your responses. They obviously will check your psychiatric, medical and social history.
As it is not a diagnosable condition, the doctors might refer to the DSM-5 to support the diagnosis.
Even though those experiencing such conditions should get treatment or a way to get treated.