Ever since I was little, I’ve hated bugs. It wasn’t really a fear when I was a kid, it was more just the idea of them being gross and not wanting to touch them. As I grew older, I began to notice that I started to feel more and more uncomfortable when talking about bugs or studying them. I’m 16 now, and I can’t even look at images of bugs in my biology text books. It’s gotten to the point where I have to cover any pictures of them with a sheet of paper, I just cannot stand to look at them. I know that this is a pretty common phobia, but that doesn’t stop me from feeling embarrassed any time my friends see me freak out because a bug is near me. My mum has tried to help me overcome this fear by getting me to watch movies that have bugs in them, but I end up closing my eyes and covering my ears any time something with more than 4 legs appears. What started out as a disliking has developed into me having full on panic attacks when a bug comes near me, and I felt the need to talk about it. Is it normal to be this afraid? It’s so annoying not being able to enjoy some time outside during the summer because of the worry that I could touch a bug.
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