Mycophobia's Cousin - I'm terrified of mold
I'm terrified of mold.
Not mushrooms, though. Not all fungi.
This has caused problems for me both in my home, workplace, and daily life. Trouble is, I haven't been able to find it listed as a phobia anywhere. Just mycophobia.
It's definitely irrational. Well, mostly. But it's not just a health risk I'm afraid of--I'm terrified of the idea of something growing on me. I don't know what you would call that.
I've overcome a phobia before, so I suppose it's just a matter of trying very hard in a similar fashion, but this seems to be... more severe. It's been ten years and I haven't been able to find much release.
The best I've been able to do is not let it invade my thoughts when I'm cleaning, and if I do come across it, take a very deep breath, vacate the area, and go wash my hands. Then tell someone about it.
My roommates and coworkers now very well know what it means when I use the phrase, "I tried."
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