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Hi Folks,

I made a thread on the Antipsychotic forum regards "Pharmacophobia"..An extreme fear of medications...I currrently have it at the moment and wondered if anyone has /had it and can reccomend some ways to over come it...Thanks Jamie

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42 minutes ago, GrannyG81 said:

Hi Folks,

I made a thread on the Antipsychotic forum regards "Pharmacophobia"..An extreme fear of medications...I currrently have it at the moment and wondered if anyone has /had it and can reccomend some ways to over come it...Thanks Jamie

Here's a pretty good article I found about Pharmacophobia, and treatments to try and overcome it.....It's a fairly long article, but very informative:

https://psychtimes.com/pharmacophobia-fear-of-drugs/

 

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Exposure therapy is pretty effective at treating phobias though I'm not sure how it would work for this. The article mentions pictures of drugs but I'm not sure how relevant that is. Maybe taking a placebo would be a better way to desensitise you to your fear. Depends what the basis of your fear is. It might be a fear of swallowing pills or a fear of the effects they may have. I'm no expert, as if that needed clarifying. I'm doing a course on mental health and phobias was one of the things we covered. I'm a bit bambakomallophobic, which is surprisingly common. A fear of cotton wool. I probably wouldn't call it a fear because the stuff is pretty easy to avoid. It just feels horrible touching the stuff. Eurgh! My nightmare would be if cotton wool gained sentience and wanted to hug us. Kill it with fire!

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The Fear is More around the side effects...I've been on so many meds Including anti psychotics in the past i dont know were its come from.....Its  a case of once i've swallowed it theres no turning back..I even tried to get one and just hold it in my hand..Couldnt do that as started thinking it will seep through my skin...Its completley irrational...I wouldnt mind if it was just some general nerves which i'd imagine most folks get but its like a blanket of sheer terror that comes over me...I remember getting Hypomania off clomipramine some years ago and i liked it at first but then it got to a point were i was getting to full blown panic..I dont know if that somehow plays in the back of my mind?? I dont know...OCD tends to just be completley irrational..I even developed a fear that i'm allergic to peanuts out of nowere...Thats now spread to fish !! So i've stopped eating salmon and Scampy both two foods i like...Ultimately it comes down to me..I have to take charge of this...I have some Valium the Pdoc gave me incase i get any anxiety from the Abilify...I just need to take one and if i get side effects deal with them accordingly...

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