Recent Weird Phobia

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olivia of course
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   Posted 6/27/2007 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know what brought this about, but I have recently been having major fears of one type of spider.  To the point
I was having nightmares and delusions about it.  I don't know where it came from, but I had 2 panic attacks with the thought of it in the same room as me.  I usually don't care for spiders, so this is very unusual.  After a while it became an obsession and I began turning  the house inside-out convinced a 'Brown Recluse' lived there.  I live in suburbs.  Is this normal, what is going on with me.   Thanks for any help i get on this weird matter.

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Post Edited (olivia of course) : 6/28/2007 2:35:57 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 6/28/2007 6:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Our brains a powerful tool and a nightmare when it turns against us. It sounds almost like an OCD trait as your acting on your obsession. We don't have the Brown recluse in Australia our similar spider would be a white tail which I've been bitten by twice.

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   Posted 6/28/2007 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning

Specific phobia is the fear of a specific object or thing. You appear to have a phobia for this one type of spider. Some  people just choose to live with their phobias.

In your case the situation is triggering panic attacks. I do not know what meds you are on or if you have a therapist but perhaps you could disscuss this new development with your therapist.

A anxyolitic medication would be beneficial for you.

I am sorry you are going thru this, I support you.


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   Posted 6/28/2007 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   
olivia ~ im laughin right now, not cause of your phobia but because about 2 months ago I started freaking out about brown recluses. I got an email from my step mother with pics on what it can do and since then every spider i see is a brown recluse. If you google them you will find that they really arent as dangerous as what they are made out to be also they arent as common as people think either. That seemed to help me. I was actually biten by one about 5 years ago, on the neck yes some of the skin died but MOST people dont have severe reactions to the bites. Good luck! i hope you find some relief from this issue soon. If I can find the site I read that clarified the myths of Brown recluses I will post it here.
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