Trypophobia is an aversion to patterns or clusters of holes or bumps. Despite its name, many experts disagree with describing trypophobia as a phobia, and it doesn't appear in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) as an official diagnosis. There is a notable lack of research focusing on the condition, and its causes remain unknown. Despite this, a substantial number of online groups are attempting to better understand trypophobia and why specific patterns elicit such feelings.
Most phobias induce feelings of fear and anxiety. When it comes to trypophobia, this is a source of much controversy because many people describe their feelings as disgust, not fear. Other symptoms include feelings of repulsion, distress, and general discomfort. Additionally, some individuals have such severe trypophobia that they have panic attacks in response to certain visuals. This is often associated with increased heart and breathing rates, sweating, and agitation.
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