Lumps and bumps, oh my!

Are you afraid of bumps, lumps and holes?  If so, you may be suffering from trypophobia.  According to Very Well Mind dot com, trypophobia is often described as “the fear of holes,” but it is important to note that it may also apply to bumps or other patterns that are closely clustered together. When people see trigger objects, they experience symptoms such as severe fear, nausea, itching, sweating, shaking, and even panic attacks. Examples of objects that might trigger a fear response include seed pods, bubble wrap, fruit seeds, insect eyes or a close-up image of someone’s pores.  There is some debate among researchers as to whether trypophobia is a genuine condition.  Early reports of trypophobia were first described in an online forum in 2005, but it has not been recognized as a distinct diagnosis in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association.  While not listed in the DSM-5, trypophobia would fall under the broad classification of specific phobias as long as the symptoms are persistent, excessive, and lead to significant impairment or distress.  Listen to the podcast here;