Phobias are an extreme, maybe irrational, fear of something.
It's pretty common now for every little fear to call it a phobia but that's just not what a phobia is. It winds me up a bit when people claim to have a phobia but they just don't like something. I'd love to see them cope with a real phobia. A more serious claim is when people just throw around the term OCD. Now I don't have OCD but I can understand it, doesn't mean I have OCD. I like my plates to be clean and throw tantrums when my housemates leave bread crusts on the sofas but that's NOT OCD. I know so many people who say they have OCD for a bit of attention but when they're alone there's nothing wrong. But that's a whole other post, I'm focusing on phobias.
I'm going to use spiders as an example 'cos most people are a little scared of them and I'm pretty sure it's the most common phobia. I've been scared of them my whole life but have gone through phases where I can cope better. But gradually as I got older (not wiser) it's got so much worse and I now understand how truly terrifying it his having a phobia of something. Right now I'm sitting in my front room covered in sweat, my hair is sticking to me, still crying, my chest is in a lot of pain feeling so tight, and my head is spinning. This is all thanks to the shitty little spider chilling on my chest of drawers. So many people assume a fear of spiders is just girls being drippy. And sometimes it is and I'm telling you those whiny attention seekers do my head in. I'm actually embarrassed of my phobia! Which is why I'm sitting in the front room and not getting the neighbours to come help me 'cos it's a teeny spider. I know it won't hurt me, probably won't even touch me and all the usual I'm bigger than it blah blah blah. But despite all this when I see one, listen to someone talk about one or picture it in my mind I start to freak out.
This kind of thing applies to most mental issues. People claiming to have phobias, OCD, anxiety issues are real disrespectful to those who really do.
Do any of you have any real phobias? Ones that give you horrible panic attacks and can really hinder your life?
P.S. i partially wrote this post to distract myself from panicking about the spider upstairs. It partially worked, I'm not crying now! I'm still scratching at my skin though...