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Trypophobia Cure

There is a Trypophobia Cure.

Just like many other mental conditions and diseases, Trypophobia cure also definitely exists. But we still haven't figured out the best methods and medicines in psychiatry to do so. Though right now on my extensive research I have found a collection of methods that can offer good relief from Trypophobia and may offer some people a Trypophobia cure.

As of now, there's not much in the psychiatric literature about Trypophobia cure or even the condition itself. It has not yet been included in major manuals on Psychiatry in both in the US and Europe. Though many psychiatrists are aware of the Trypophobia disease and hence may be willing to help you at the least with the anxiety and dread it could bring interfering with your normal life.

Some of the best methods that people in forums and online communities have said to have worked for them are (or at least helped a lot with their condition if not offer a Trypophobia cure):

1) Havening: Havening means to put in a safe place, derived from the word 'haven'. This is by far the most recommended method by many online for a Trypophobia cure. Haveneing is an alternative therapy that claims to work by reducing and eliminating negative emotions related to a stressor (a trypophobia triggering image or object in our case).

In Havening, you will be made to first imagine and experience the stress of seeing a trypophobia inducing image or object. Then a series of methods that help to divert your attention immediately to a much more safer imaginary place, and experience an increase in a feeling of security and comfort are applied. Thereby disassociating your negative emotions, fears, and anxiety from the original stressor. I will soon post here on the best Havening method as a cure for Trypophobia. Till then please read this page and follow the steps. CAUTION: Do not watch the video on that page for Havening as it tends to bring up highly triggering images on Youtube alongside the video or at the end of it.

2) CBT / CBCBT: Cognitive-behavioral therapy / Computer-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is the most widely used practice for improving mental conditions like phobias and obsessive-compulsive disorders. CBT focuses on coping strategies that target unhelpful thoughts, behavior, and emotions. It was originally designed to treat depression and is now used for a number of mental health conditions including Trypophobia.

I keep seeing that many Trypophobics in online forums and communities seem to say CBT helped them cope with their anxiety, fear, dread, and other negative emotional states that Trypophobia can induce. If Havening didn't work for you after a month or so of regular sessions, I suggest you try CBT with some trained, certified psychologist/psychotherapist. Computer-based cognitive-behavioral therapy is another new way of getting CBT wherein the computer via a browser-based app or downloadable software replaces the therapist and helps you do sessions over the Internet.

3) NLP / Hypnotherapy: Neuro-linguistic Programming and Hypnotherapy are other methods that some Trypophobics claim helped them. Both of these methods require an experienced practitioner to help you with a few sessions to get rid of your Trypophobia or help you manage it. So if you have tried CBT and if you think it did not work, you may want to try NLP / Hypnotherapy. Or you may wish you use it as an adjunct therapy to your CBT.

4) Medicines: First a word of caution. I am not a believer in using medicines as the first option when it comes to mental illnesses. Partly because I believe the science and research on mental illnesses like Trypophobia as well as medicines to cure Trypophobia is not as robust as many bodily diseases in say cardiology or orthopedics. There are only a few available drugs that basically work by altering neurotransmitters and they have to be diligently used and controlled by a well trained, well-experienced psychiatrist to help the patient cope with their mental conditions.

Also, the side effects of these medicines are many. Most of them make you addicted to long-term use, and may even raise your level of anxiety, panic, and mental discomfort on discontinuation. So go for them as a last resort and only after discussion and on the advice of your well qualified, experienced psychiatrist whom you trust.

Generally, you could be prescribed an Anxiolytic - or basically anti-panic or anti-anxiety medications like Benzodiazepines (Clonazepam, Alprazolam etc). There may be newer, better drugs in the market to manage the anxiety and sick feeling due to phobias or conditions like Trypophobia but I have no knowledge of the same as I am not a psychiatrist or in any way trained to make recommendations. Please do consult a psychiatrist if you think your feelings and condition due to Trypophobia disease interferes with you having a normal life and warrants medical intervention and attention.


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