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Have you ever gotten over a phobia?

Asked by LornaLove (9926points) August 22nd, 2017

Phobias can be so debilitating, crippling and also destroy the quality of one’s life. Depending on the phobia I guess? Some who hate flying, for example, can to a degree avoid the phobia, although I’d imagine it can be very limiting.

Have you recovered from a phobia or at least managed it? If so how?

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ragingloli's avatar

No, my Peladophobia is here to stay.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

I used to be very afraid of heights. A trip down an intake structure of a hydroelectric dam cured that. I also used to be a hypochondriac, can’t explain how that went away.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I’ve never had a phobia.

Sneki2's avatar

I have a phobia of dogs and water. I never got over it. As a result, I hate (most) dogs, and I never learnt to swim.

NomoreY_A's avatar

I used to hate elevators, but I finally got over it. Rarely if ever have occasion to go near a high-rise any more anyway, my burg has nary a one.

Mimishu1995's avatar

I have a phobia for cockroaches, amd I still haven’t got over it. The phobia started as a bad childhood memory.

What I hate is that people play it down, thinking I’m a pussy for fearing cockroaches and tell me to get over it. I would very much appreciate if someone acknowledges that my fear is real and tries to aid me in getting over it.

Dutchess_III's avatar

That’s not an unreasonable fear IMO. If there was ever proof that there is no God it’s in the fact that no God in his right mind would have brought 2 cockroaches on the ark. Or termites on a wooden boat. Just sayin’

Sneki2's avatar

^ It was Noah, not God.

@Mimi I got simiar treatment for my fear of dogs too. I used to be afraid of even the smallest ones.

JLeslie's avatar

The only thing that came close to a phobia for me is the fear of throwing up. I’m not so fearful about it anymore, but I think I do worry about it not than the average person. What cured me? I just think as we age we get more tolerant of discomfort. Anything from dealing with pain to being sick. Still to this day, being nauseas or throwing up is something I dread more than other types of pain or illness.

The “phobia” helped keep me from doing drugs or drinking when I was younger. The worry of puking from too much or withdrawal was enough for me to not risk it.

I guess I’m more fearful than most people about stinging insects also. I don’t like having flowering plants near my house, and one thing I love about Florida is almost every house has a screened in bubble. If a bee flies near me I sometimes will bolt to get away from it.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Yabutt God told him to.

Sneki2's avatar

So? He ordered it, not actually did it.

LornaLove's avatar

I had a very bad phobia of flying. It was so bad I’d throw up before flying and of course do the right thing, avoid it!!

I did a ‘fear of flying’ course and I am cured.

Well, I was cured. However, I did not fly for a long time after a very long trip of around 15 hours. So it came back kind of. I then used ‘tapping’ and it worked.

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