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Ichthyophobia (fear of fish)
July 4, 2012
12:18 pm
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I had not idea there was a word for my fear. Most people think this is crazy. I have no clue as to why I have such a fear of fish. Now, I can handle raw fish, AFTER it has been cleaned. I can cook it. However, I will not go fishing. I cannot be anywhere near live fish. I have tried to overcome this fear for many years now. I've tried going fishing with my husband and sons but it just didn't work out. It seems like they enjoy it so much and I really wish I did too, but it just doesn't happen. I totally lose it when I am anywhere near a fish. I love to look at fish in aquariums. I think they're beautiful. If I'm anywhere near a fish or where I know it can touch me I freak out. My heart feels like it's going to come out of my chest. I get light headed. I feel helpless, like a small child who has lost their way. I fear swimming in any water where fish might be, yes even the little, bitty, tiny ones. If only I could overcome this fear. It's worse than my fear of the dark. Is there anyone out there with this same fear? I hope I'm not the only one.

July 5, 2012
4:18 am
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I can't say I share your fear MJR, but I'm sure you're not the only one. You're never alone. 😉

July 5, 2012
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your fear might be associated with some repressed memory from your early childhood where you might have somehow been traumatized somehow and live fish were involved. I know it sounds bizarre, but it might have happened and you might purposely not be remembering the details because of the severe trauma. One day you might have a flashback to what might have happened. For now, be happy because its not really affecting the quality of your life. Imagine being afraid of leaving your home everyday?

September 24, 2012
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Phobia/fear should taken seriously BUT there are many ways to overcome it. It might be best to consult a counselor for your condition as that can help you how to deal with your fear. That way proper treatment and advise will be given to you. Do not be afraid to seek support for your condition. JustAnotherAddict is  right, you are NOT ALONE! you'll get through this soon.


Hope that helps

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