Monday, October 14, 2013

Treatment of trypophobia

If you cannot find any other physical illness as the cause of trypophobia, it is likely you will be referred to a psychiatrist or psychologist. Treatment of trypophobia disorders often involves a combination of psychotherapy and medication.
Remedies for trypophobia are often called the "tranquilizers" because they relax and soothe. These drugs work by reducing the physical symptoms of trypophobia as muscle tension. Common medications used are: Xanax, Librium, Valium and Ativan.
Antidepressants: Paxil, Effexor, Prozac, Lexapro and Zoloft are also used to treat trypophobia. Antidepressants take longer to take effect but because they are better suited for long-term treatment of trypophobia.
Cognitive- behavioral therapy is presented to the patient to learn to identify and change the thoughts and behaviors that lead to feelings of trypophobia. This therapy helps to limit irrational behavior so that concerns look more realistic.
Tips for trypophobia people
Reduce or completely stop consuming products containing caffeine (coffee, tea, coca cola, chocolate)
Ask your pharmacist before taking supplements or drugs without a prescription because many contain substances that can worsen the symptoms of trypophobia
Exercise daily and eat healthy
Look for advice or comfort after a traumatic or stressful situations
Practice stress reduction techniques such as yoga or meditation
Start doing something to eliminate attention from worries and trypophobia

However, the best advice we can give you if you suffer from any form of trypophobia is to visit a psychologist or psychiatrist as soon as possible. Delaying the solution of any problem can only magnify the problem.

Causes of trypophobia

The cause of generalized trypophobia disorder is not fully known, but several factors are affecting its development.
Genetics: Some studies suggest that family history plays a role in whether a person will be prone to trypophobia.
Chemistry in the brain: Trypophobia was associated with abnormal levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are special chemical "messengers" that help to transfer information between nerve cells. This could change the way the brain reacts in certain situations, which can lead to trypophobia.

Environmental factors: Trauma and stressful events (abuse, death of a loved one, divorce, changing jobs or schools) can lead to trypophobia disorders. Trypophobia is also often exacerbated in periods of stress. Use or substances such as alcohol, caffeine or nicotine can also worsen trypophobia.

Symptoms of trypophobia

Trypophobia affects a person's thinking, but can lead to physical symptoms, too. Symptoms of generalized trypophobia disorder include:
Excessive, persistent worry and tension
Unrealistic view of the problem
Restlessness or feeling that you are "on the edge"
Muscle tension
Difficulty in concentrating
Frequent visits to the toilet
Sleep Problems

Trypophobia individuals often have other trypophobia disorders (panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias) or suffer from depression, and sometimes abused drugs or alcohol.


Trypophobia, technical words describe trypophobia disorder as a mental condition characterized by excessive, exaggerated worry about everyday life events without any obvious, valid reasons for concern.

People with trypophobia disorders tend to have that feeling of “expecting trouble” at every corner and cannot stop worrying about health, money, family, work or school. This concern is often unreasonable or excessive for the situation. Daily life becomes a constant state of worry, fear and trypophobia. Finally, the trypophobia starts to dominate a person so much it begins to interfere with daily functioning, including work, school, social activities and connections.
Another definition says that trypophobia is a "mood state oriented to the future, where people are expected to cope with negative events that are expected" which suggests that the difference between trypophobia and fear as to whether it is a current or future threat.
In the next few paragraphs we describe the most common forms of trypophobia.

Social trypophobia

Trypophobia when interacting and meeting with strangers is a common phase in the development of young people. However, in some people this problem can continue into adulthood and develop a social trypophobia or social phobia. In small children, trypophobia and shyness with strangers is not considered a phobia, but in adults it deviates from the normal stages of development. People who have social trypophobia are not afraid of people, rather the fact that others may have a negative opinion about them.

Trypophobia before an exam or test
An element of excitement before an assignment, test or exam is necessary and desirable in order to best fulfill the task, and most people feel a little nervous before such events, but when trypophobia becomes excessive, it can result in a decrease in the concentration and bad work being done.
Existential trypophobia
This form of trypophobia is related to the philosophical turmoil of life and death, morality, guilt and condemnation, spirituality, and the meaning of life.
The famous painting "Scream"

Generalized Trypophobia  Disorder
If the trypophobia is not treated in time it can turn into a generalized trypophobia disorder that is characterized by symptoms such as constant and excessive worry, chronic trypophobia and persistent irrational thoughts. To get a diagnosis of this disorder, symptoms must last for more than 6 months.

Trypophobia  before decisions

In today's world where we are exposed to a growing number of options and choices such trypophobia becomes problematic. In many situations, it is expected a quick response and choosing between seemingly similar options within a short timeframe.