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What is Trypophobia?

What exactly is Trypophobia?
Trypophobia is a word coined by some person in an online community (or probably offline) for an adverse reaction experienced by many to objects or images containing holes. It is almost always a number of holes. The holes may or may not be arranged in a pattern. They may be circular holes or irregular. The adverse reaction could be anything from a feeling of disgust to a full-blown panic attack. But most people suffering from Trypophobia claim to feel anxious, sick, itchy, goosebumps, dry mouth, and an obsession to keep seeing the object that triggered these feelings.

How I suddenly developed Trypophobia

Or how the Internet triggered my Trypophobia.

In 2017 I was just a normal 33-year-old guy doing my own business, without any sort of phobias whatsoever, and no signs of any mental disorders. One day sometime mid-year, I came across a post on the Internet on a viral meme site. I remember it said something in its title like "These images will trigger a phobia that you never knew existed". I got baited and clicked through even though the caption image for the story was a little gross I felt. I went through the post. I may have felt a little disgusted looking at the images in there. And I think it did trigger a little bit of OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) kinda of thing for the five minutes or so I must have read the post, repeatedly looking at the pictures. But that's about it.

I forgot about the post by the end of the day and never felt too disgusted, dreadful, anxious, stressed, creepy-crawly, or crazy by the pictures and the post. These are kind of feelings I go thr…