on Jun 29, 2013 @ 05:06 pm

I have a serious phobia of people touching the front of my neck/collarbone area. I've had it since before I can even remember, actually it has gotten a little bit better over the years, when I was younger I couldn't even wear necklaces. Once I had a panic attack because I pinched my neck in a zipper, also my friends in high school though it would be funny to randomly pretend like they were going to grab my neck because I would start to cry (not like because I was sad but like as an involuntary reflex). Also I wear scarves a lot because it helps me feel protected a little bit. Anyway I am wondering if I should go see a counselor or somebody about it. It doesn't really affect me every day, but I feel like it's a little bit hindering at times. Do any of you have a phobia like this and what do you recommend? Thanks. 

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If it bothers you... on Jul 02, 2013 @ 01:42 pm

If it's something that bothers you, then I think by all means, seek counselling. Though it probably doesn't affect your day to day life, if you feel like you would feel more confident and secure without the phobia then I think you should go for it. I might speak to my gp first and ask them for recommendations. I don't think that this is very serious so I think with help, you could definitely overcome it. Good luck!

If it's affecting your life, then go for it! on Jul 03, 2013 @ 12:24 pm

If it's something that is weighing on you daily, then for sure seek help. Can't hurt, right? I think you could overcome it quite quickly with professional help, so like Alex talk to your doctor, because they can probably recommend the best way to find someone locally who deals with phobias specifically. You'll probably have to do some sort of behavioural therapy, where you'll gradually touch your own neck and be touched there in a controlled setting so you can see that nothing bad will happen. You might also might have to do some psychiatric digging to uncover why you developed this fear in the first place. My biggest phobia is flying, so when I told my doctor I just got a prescription to knock me out whenever I'm on a plane (which sucks!) so at least there's alternate treatment routes here. Good luck, and don't be ashamed!

Ali de Bold
Yes on Jul 04, 2013 @ 10:58 am

Everyone has phobias but this one is a bit challenging because it affects others being able to touch you, which you can't really avoid your whole life. Ex: Babies have no boundaries. I would talk to a professional to help you through it. :)

phobias suck, but many can be treated on Jul 04, 2013 @ 01:10 pm

I used to have a pretty severe bee phobia. Then I was mowing my lawn one day and got stung by 4 wasps (yellow jackets - their nests are underground). When I realized it was not so bad as I had feared (after learning to ice the welts immediately), my phobia all but went away.

I will acknowledge that my quick reversal probably means my phobia was not nearly as deep as I had believed, so I don't want to devalue anyone else's phobias.

Ali makes a great point, though. Your particular phobia is something that you may not be able to run away from all your life. It's probably a good idea to seek help. Hopefully with some professional guidance you can set this aside and never have to worry about it again!

This may help. on Jul 15, 2013 @ 06:41 pm

I have a spider phobia and I do not like anything around my face. I panic so you can imagine how I feel with mosquitoes buzzing around my head. Others will be sitting around the fire and I will be the one inside the house watching from the window. The thought of counseling made me nervous because i thought the first thing they would do is make me put some thing on my head or hold a spider. They started off by recognizing how the body reacts and why. Slow process and i am progressing. I tried exposure on my own but i was beyond that point and realized a train person would be the best route.

That's my story. Best of luck.


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