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3 months ago · · Stress,
I'm not sure if I have a phobia or not. If I had to judge myself based on what I know, I'd say I do, but a few people told me I didn't, but I don't know if that was just them trying to not make a big deal of something.
So anyways, I am painfully afraid of spiders. I get super anxious and jittery around them, and I get uncomfortable thinking about them. I'd say I don't always lose control of myself, but I have had several panic attacks due to them being in my general area (typically the closer they are the more panicky I am) I can usually think logically about them when not directly faced with one, such as I am aware that most spiders won't kill me, but I still always want to get far away from them when I see one and feel distressed for a while after encountering one.
I know this fear is more intense than my other fears, such as crowds, snakes or bugs in general, but I'm not sure if it's a full blown phobia or just an intense fear. I also have felt uncomfortable bringing up this question to my family again because of their previous response and I don't know if I'm just being dramatic and "trauma seeking". I'm not trying to if it seems that way, I'm just confused.