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A Trypophobia Virus?

Can Trypophobia be the result of a viral infection?

Well, I have this hypothesis anyways. That Trypophobia may be the result of either a viral infection or suddenly some endogenic retograde virus becoming active due to external factors like stress, sickness, or some other new viral infection like a flu.

Just before my Trypophibia got triggered after seeing an image with a series of holes, I got a mysterious illness after visiting China, where I had persistent 99-101 temperature for more than 2 weeks. It went away on its own. A couple of weeks later a blood report showed borderline high lymphocytes of 3.58 × 10^3 /micro liter (normal is 1-3) , and lymphocytes % of 40.1 (normal range is 20-40). While basophils were 0.01 × 10^3 / ul (normal should be 0.02-0.1). This indicated to me I had got some infection.

Now very shortly after this blood test, I was exposed to some article with some trigger images - not exactly one of those clickbaity Trypophobia trigger articles but it had image of someone with holes in their head due to an accident. I immediately got very anxious, nauseous, obsessive about seeing the image etc - all symptoms of Trypophobia. It has been a month now and I am having serious psychological problems looking at any kind of pattern with dark holes including buildings with windows, car radials, any cluster, any object with holes - for example shower heads, crocs slippers, a box with round roles etc.

I feel very stressed and feel like going crazy sometimes. I even avoid going out to not see these patterns. And I believe this was caused by the viral or whatever infection I acquired during my trip to China. And I have good resaons to believe so. Ever since I got intrigued about viruses and started reading about them, I always intutively felt they somehow were able to control our consciouness and actions to help them spread or survive. And I also intutively knew this would be possible only by hijacking our neural networks in the brain somehow.

Recent research seems to show what I had in mind may be true. It still seems like a long way to conclusively prove viruses can affect a persons mind, thinking, congnition, and cause mental illnesses. But evidence is coming out in that direction. Also, there's this interesting case of endogenic retograde viruses. These are viral genetic material intertwined inside human genome through millions of years of infections and evolution. They seemed to be harmless and junk at first.

But now scientists have found these endogenous retograde viruses can get reactivated, their genetic material can escape the tight protein capsules we have evolved to contain them, due to aggravating factors like stress, and infections that can make our own immune system go on a hyperdrive causing such endogenic retograde viral RNA spillages into our cells. Once these viruses come out they can start acting and causing diseases is the theory.

My thinking that Trypophobia is a symptom of a viral infection affecting the brain is also directed by the fact that many viruses like Herpes use the nerves to hide, transport themselves around, and help themsleves spread. So if this is the case, I think we should assume viruses can affect our cognition and cause mental illnesses until proven otherwise. For example, a virus like Rabies also uses nerves and one of the neurological symptoms is an extreme fear of water. A phobia!

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