I Am Trypophobic

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 82 People

    I'M Not Crazy, Okay Maybe A Little.

    I found a picture on Pinterest of a woman who had her thigh tattooed to look like it was wood with holes carved in it. I literally gagged, started shaking, almost cried it was horrible. I thought of all the other things that triggered this, flipped over pancakes, any clustered...
    mcgrathcl mcgrathcl
    46-50, F
    1 Response Apr 24, 2013

    I am 38 and have had this fear

    since I was young. It hasn't become a problem till lately. I keep seeing these pics on Facebook of lotus pods superimposed onto people's arms and other body parts and it is now out of control. I am having nightmares. I made a pancake with chocolate chips in it and when I flipped...
    wareb wareb
    36-40, F
    5 Responses Aug 1, 2014

    Hi everyone! I just wanted to introduce myself

    since I am new. My name is Alyx, I am 24 years old, and have been Trypophobic for as long as I can remember. I also suffer from severe Dermatillomania, which is like gasoline to my Trypophobic fire. It is unfortunate how many people fail to see how consuming the anxiety from...
    EnigmaticDogma EnigmaticDogma
    22-25, F
    Jan 22, 2015


    sorry to be so graphic but i have really bad eczema and sometimes i scratch holes into my skin  but for some odd reason this does not bother me (i guess because it's my skin and i'm used to seeing it)..hypocritical i know.. but sights like clustered holes, ants, maggots, and i...
    Liyah101 Liyah101
    22-25, F
    3 Responses Apr 14, 2011

    The Horror!

    I was at my boyfriend's work and they had this miniature floral arrangement/rock garded. I saw an interesting plant-like thing, so I picked it up. It was slightly spongy in texture. I turned it over and realized it was a dried lotus seed pod. I shrieked, dropped it, and spent the...
    SaintThursday SaintThursday
    3 Responses Mar 20, 2011

    How do I get help? I can't talk about it

    or tell my family, they would think I'm nuts! Do I need a psychiatrist? I was put on effexor by my Dr. But hated it and now that I'm off my phobia is horrible along with severe anxiety. I want to be medication free please can some steer me in the right direction?
    kdp2014 kdp2014
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jun 20, 2014

    I definitely suffer from this.

    I want to do research online and learn more about it but all these pictures pop up and it makes me sick to my stomach. Actually just thinking about it is kinda making me sick right now. :(
    HorseGirl21 HorseGirl21
    26-30, F
    Dec 30, 2014

    Just Discovered Trypophobia

    Patterns with small holes have always made my teeth grind and made me nervous. A few weeks ago I saw this picture on the internet that most of you have probably seen; it's a picture of two deep holes in someone's fingers. The image haunted me for two weeks; I kept thinking about...
    VfangzV VfangzV
    18-21, F
    1 Response Apr 4, 2012


    Hi, I'm trypophobic I suffer quite bad if I see clusters mostly lotus pads, or anything on the skin or animals I actually throw up and have an all mighty urge to scratch them till it's destroyed. I hate it. :-( so thought I'd chat to other ppl who go through the same
    Hayliej Hayliej
    26-30, F
    1 Response Sep 9, 2013

    Okay, can someone explain to me

    why I am Trypophobic?
    theguywiththeredhair theguywiththeredhair
    18-21, M
    3 Responses Nov 19, 2015

    Ugh, Holes, Ugh

    They turn my stomach inside out. I can't stand honeycombs.. for as long as I can remember they are almost repulsive.  I never realized before that it was Trypophobia. Gah, I cannot express my relief that I am not the only one with this rather...odd phobia. 
    vivalakoda vivalakoda
    16-17, F
    Oct 27, 2012

    This has been a problem of mine

    since 5th grade, damnit! I never knew other people suffered from it until I was about 14 & decided to research it one day.
    Dreambrother Dreambrother
    18-21, F
    Jul 4, 2014

    well my sister and i

    both have this phobia...my reaction is terrible and i immediately break out in chills from face to feet,feel nauseas,and like my skin is crawling.i cant get the image out of my head for hours sometimes so i just continue to break out in chills its awful.we always thought we.were...
    Indialeilani Indialeilani
    31-35, F
    1 Response Jan 25, 2014

    It'S All Relative.

    It started out with honeycomb, though I can deal with pictures of it much better these days. Seeing it in person, though, still upsets me. Lotus seed pods still scare me a little bit, but the worst, I have found, is genital warts. I know, it's terrible, but I was looking at...
    xandrale9 xandrale9
    3 Responses May 10, 2013

    I Have It.

    Omg I can believe other people have this. So nice to know just don't google the word Trypopobia and do a pic search. Some of them pics have well and truly burnt my brain.
    givitone givitone
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Sep 11, 2013

    Happy To Know I Am Not Alone ... Or Crazy!

    I just disovered there is a name for a terrible phobia that I have.  Dots, clusters, holes, cylinders that stand up, tubes.  Ick!!!!  I can usually get by just fine in life as long as I don't see such horrible things.  But, since I also have OCD, I obcess over the horrible...
    mlruoro mlruoro
    2 Responses Apr 11, 2011

    People Don't Understand

    I've suffered with this for most of my life. I haven't really told many people but the ones who i have told think that i'm being silly or a drama queen. I cant even talk about it without feeling nauseas and completely creeped out. Recently, we had an assignment for one of my art...
    Jaydess Jaydess
    22-25, F
    1 Response Aug 21, 2013

    Annoying Trypophobia

    Anything clustered in little circles makes me want to throw up and I get terribly itchy! Like I need a shower immediately. I seen a video once of a frog with holes in its back giving birth out of them, I damn there fainted!! Thinking about it makes me itch and I tend to get...
    KayemLive KayemLive
    26-30, M
    1 Response Nov 8, 2013

    Hi everyone, I joined this site just to share

    what I hope can benefit all those who are in the same situation as myself. Vitamin D and keeping happy are two big factors which i've found help reduced my phobia. I've suffered from this phobia for a long time and i've realised the main factors are stress and ill health. I...
    BlueOlive BlueOlive
    26-30, F
    1 Response Aug 5, 2015

    I see holes in lotus pods,

    and a picture of a man with a large raw dome-shaped mass on his shoulder with lotus pod-like holes on them, and I just want to stick my fingers in them and rip it out. I see holes and I feel compelled to destroy them, but only if they're raw, unnatural, and on a living creatures...
    kessalauderdale kessalauderdale
    26-30, F
    Jul 30, 2015

    When I was younger, I had this chocolate with

    rings of white chocolate, I nearly puked. Honeycomb, lotus seeds, anything with holes in. I feel like I'm going to Luke, start crying and shivering. I hate it I seriously need help how do you get over it?
    Charlottexoxx Charlottexoxx
    13-15, F
    1 Response Feb 3, 2014

    WTF is wrong with me I can't stop looking .

    ........ :( :( :( OK grow up girl get a grip CLOSE the DAMN page u PSYCHO :(
    LonelySpiritWolf LonelySpiritWolf
    31-35, F
    3 Responses Nov 20, 2015

    I am 42 and just recently came across a pic of

    a nipple somebody put lotus pod holes on. Made me sick. Stopped going on Facebook. Since then it has just gotten worse think of things in skin seeds It is destroying me. It's always there if anyone has any advice on how to cope would be appreciated
    myphobia myphobia
    41-45, F
    1 Response Jul 10, 2014

    Help me ? Will it go away I keep looking up

    pictures and I hate it help me
    RhiannonSharpe RhiannonSharpe
    13-15, F
    4 Responses Jun 25, 2014


    I hate the holes or clusters on humans or living crawling things.. the left side of my head crawls just by seeing something like that.. its sooo gross and unpleasent to even talk about it.  Its so weird but Trypophobia has really play a part in my life ... i hate it!
    adiaz268 adiaz268
    31-35, F
    2 Responses Mar 31, 2011

    What Worked For Me..

    It's like my brain is trying to assess the areas of all the holes/shapes at once. After thinking of this, I noticed that I always tend to do this with everything in general, noticing specific angles and positions of everything...and when my brain is unable to accomplish this, it...
    jharris572 jharris572
    1 Response Nov 2, 2012

    my whole body starts trembling

    and i start crying and have a strong urge to scratch something i cringe so hard :( also please dont post pictures here i have mild panic attacks when i see them :/
    deleted deleted
    Aug 8, 2015

    I have had this issue

    for a very Long time, im typing and cringing because i can't even think about it.. for me, I cringe at honeycombs, crumpets, cluster, I'm having goosebumps now...
    grassy22 grassy22
    26-30, F
    Feb 6, 2014

    Though I Was Just A Weirdo:(

    So it started when I was little and It just made me a little uncomfortable and a little nauseous . But recently I ripped a piece of the cabinet off and it was all uneven holes and I flipped out.... Then I looked up the phobia. PLEASE DON'T GOOGLE IMAGE SEARCH. You Will be scarred...
    Thatchicktravie Thatchicktravie
    18-21, F
    Apr 1, 2013

    Really Bad Case Of Trypophobia

    I used to think I didn't have any phobias. Wrong. I discovered today I am severely trypophobic. I cannot even repeat the incident without having extreme anxiety and feeling nauseous. I hope I can grow out of this.
    Aleena2012 Aleena2012
    18-21, F
    1 Response Jul 18, 2012

    My Theory

    I have been bothered by clusters of holes and clusters of other things for as long as I can remember. I used to think I was alone and the weirdest person on earth, until I found out that there are others like me. I am a Psychology Major and I am covering a chapter right now about...
    Helplesslygoingincircles Helplesslygoingincircles
    2 Responses Jan 16, 2012

    I keep looking at the pictures because

    for some reason I can't stop looking. But something triggers and I have this urge to scratch anything and anyone until they bleed. Its like I get malicious feelings and have strong urges to destroy stuff by scratching on it. To top off, I feel nauseous and irritated to the core...
    Shayala Shayala
    18-21, F
    Jul 6, 2015

    well my sister and i

    both have this phobia...my reaction is terrible and i immediately break out in chills from face to feet,feel nauseas,and like my skin is crawling.i cant get the image out of my head for hours sometimes so i just continue to break out in chills its awful.we always thought we.were...
    Indialeilani Indialeilani
    31-35, F
    Jan 25, 2014
    ParanoidGirl ParanoidGirl
    1 Response Aug 10, 2014

    trypophobia is very annoying.

    it really limits me to what I can do with the ones I love.
    chanyeoreo chanyeoreo
    16-17, F
    Jun 18, 2015

    I can't stand it anymore

    and I don't know what to do. I've had this since I was young and it scares the **** out of me. the worst part is I keep looking up pictures and i can't get it out of my head. HELP ME
    cupcake264 cupcake264
    26-30, F
    2 Responses Mar 18, 2015

    Never This Bad!

    Really suffering at the moment with this phobia having been triggered by...watching the large group of cyclists with their helmets with " holes" ,totally grossed me out and haven't fully recovered since 2 days ago....my phobia before was manageable,now no
    Idealme145 Idealme145
    1 Response Aug 3, 2012

    My Trigger...

    Lotus pods. Just....lotus pods. ERRGGGHHHHH.
    ninjafox ninjafox
    22-25, F
    1 Response Aug 27, 2013

    I Can't Stand Holes And Clusters.

    Can't really talk about it. The mere thought makes my skin crawl.
    Jenny938 Jenny938
    1 Response Jan 20, 2011

    I'm triggered and get shivers

    and goosebumps every time i see holes like in that lotus thing i just can't take it, I seriously can't. My friends show me this pictures and I have to hold my tears back so so hard because I just simply can't. They don't like those pictures either but I just panic.
    winnsaver winnsaver
    18-21, F
    3 Responses Aug 21, 2014

    I just recently found out this was a thing.

    ..not sure if I was better off in ignorant bliss or knowing what this weirdness is! I say that because now that I know it has a name it seems worse than ever. But hopefully being with like minded people I can get a grip on this!!
    allegrabiaggi allegrabiaggi
    51-55, F
    Aug 23, 2015

    Something about a cluster of holes just makes

    my skin crawl... It's been getting worse, I happen to find them underneath my pancakes, for as the air bubbles form and just make the holes, and eating them causes me to gag and spit them out. Pomegranate is another thing, I used to love it when I was younger, always taking...
    ErroneousQuandary ErroneousQuandary
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Nov 22, 2015

    Thankful For Support

    I am new to the site and just wanted to say thank you to whomever had the presence of mind to create a trypophobia site that is not full of pictures that are triggers to our disorder. I just recently found out the name of my phobia but I have had it since I was a teenager and I...
    happytonotbealone happytonotbealone
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Apr 13, 2013
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