Possibly another sensory area?

by Stephanie
(Sykesville, MD, USA)

sand

sand

sand
wood grain
woodgrain
sandcrabs [seen in a texture sense]

I'm 19 and since I can remember, I have had issues with the visual texture of objects. Most textures do not bother me, but textures such as woodgrain (when the indentations and spaces between the wood fibers are apparent, usually in a perpendicular cross section), the pattern waves create on sand as they draw back into the ocean (especially the texture created by those filtering sandcrabs that leave little holes in the sand), or even a created texture in clay that has no order to it.


I can't quite describe it, so i'll include some photos from google. (for the sand crab one, the crabs themselves DO NOT bother me. just- the shape in the waves and the.... i can't quite describe it. i have a hard time seeing any of these photos without shuddering. actually, it was quite difficult and rather painful to look for them at all). I must include that not ALL textures cause this kind of discomfort. i love the beach, but sometimes the visual texture of the sand truly causes me extreme discomfort. i enjoy looking at wood carvings, but sometimes the grain of the wood simply makes me feel sick. I must impress that, again, the actual texture in the tactile sense does NOT bother me. only in the VISUAL sense.

I'd just like to know if anyone else has any experience with this, if i'm looking into the wrong disorder area, or if i'm simply insane (haha!)

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Sep 16, 2016
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To original poster
by: Anonymous

Any tight polka dot type pattern that encompasses my field of vision will do exactly what you describe ie pegboard it makes me feel dizzy almost like falling into the pattern. I have to avert my eyes and take a moment to reorient myself.

Sep 12, 2016
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Re: related to misophonia
by: OG poster

Thank you so much for sharing this! I think this is an incredibly strong lead, and I hope our PhD from a few comments back sees your post!

I also wanted to add that the following statement is precisely what my younger self had been trying to explain years ago when I created this post: "I feel physical revulsion, anxiety, nausea, and in some cases anger or the urge to destroy the triggers." There have been times where I felt precisely this, and sometimes i am lucky enough to be able to "destroy" the pattern, such as at the beach in the sand. But of course, we're not always lucky enough to be in the position to do so.

Thanks to everyone keeping this thread alive- I feel as though we keep getting closer to understanding this "condition" and I am grateful others are finding that they are not alone in this bizarre experience.

Sep 11, 2016
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Thank you for posting and sharing.... this helped me!
by: Anonymous

In my early 30's I was peeling an apple... I love apples, but the peeler wasn't very sharp. I left the peels in the sink overnight and in the morning, the texture of the inside meat was jagged and brown. I can't explain it, boom! It made my whole system fill with electricity, especially in the crook of my arms and I wanted to vomit. I couldn't eat apples for years, and I still can't see things peeled.

My worst situation was an episode of Grey's Anatomy where a man had tree bark warts all over his body that they needed to remove surgically. As they were cutting these off, a spider came out of the wood like cracks, and I psychically started convulsing and wrenching!

The most recent incidence was looking at the inside of a bee hive. I have wanted to raise bees for years, and I finally started doing research to engage this project but seeing the inside of the comb completely turned me inside out. I went to a GREAT psychiatrist, and he said this is not that rare. He diagnosis as a certain type of Sensory OCD. He gave me a prescription of Zoloft and it does help. I only take it when I have had an exposure.

The word that triggered it for this Dr. was when I said WOOD texture was the worst. He said that he had several patients that had an issue with wood, bark, sand, velvet, jagged patterns, snakes/skin, etc. There is a calming effect when something is smooth, and he encouraged me to close my eyes and think of something smooth when I am being affected.
I hope this helps a little... we are not alone, and it is real.

Aug 27, 2016
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Related to misophonia?
by: Anonymous

I have this visual texture response, too! When I see any of my triggers (heavy frost on short spiky grass, the side cut of corned beef with the irregular ridges, the side of a rocky hillside with late afternoon sharp shadows cast between the boulders, etc) I feel physical revulsion, anxiety, nausea, and in some cases anger or the urge to destroy the triggers. I get crawling sensations under my skin and whole body shudders.

I have a friend who reports these same feelings, with rage as the dominant one, when he hears certain sounds. We've self-diagnosed him as having Misophonia or Sound Sensitivity Syndrome (SSS).

These are both sensory processing disorders. From what I've read about misophonia, when a sound triggers the person, it makes him more sensitive to developing new triggers. So the sound of someone crunching carrots might trigger him initially, and then he hears the sound of a clicking pen, which previously didn't bother him, but now in the triggered state of fight/flight/freeze with the rage & revulsion, it seems that the new sound of pen clicking imprints as a new trigger.

I have had this happen with images of those stupid lotus seed pods photoshopped on to people's skin as a condition on the Internet. Those pics always made my skin crawl, but now I also get angry and disgusted. Many of the skin disorder images are likely to trigger me, just as fish scales stuck to a hand, or sometimes ripples in a cat's fur will.

There are several speculations on the causes of Misophonia. I think our visual texture sensing disorder is probably similar. & since Misophonia is getting more studies done now, it might be a place to look for solutions as well.

May 31, 2016
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Creepy things
by: Anonymous

This is a real thing. I have been like this for years and didn't know it was an actually real until recently. Good to know I'm not just crazy. I saw a pcture of the inside of a leather back turtle's mouth and it caused such a reaction I felt it run down my entire body. I also found out a cousin of mine has the same disorder.

May 28, 2016
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Me too!!
by: RZ

Dido!!!!!

May 08, 2016
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Neurological disorder????
by: My new name: Weirdo

I am a Ph.D. in the field of psychology and still wonder about this disorder we are all discussing. I first had difficulty with the creepy feelings when I was 19 y.o. and saw a flower and leaves, the leaves having what I called "fern seeds" on the back side of each leaf. The "seeds" were the problem for me. Then years later, I saw a poster at the movie theater with a picture of Nicolas Cage's head/face in a very much disordered mosaic pattern. I don't remember the name of the movie it was advertising, but at the instant I saw the picture I had to turn away and my entire body felt strangely creepy. I had to make myself think of something else or I would continue having vague sensations.

Sometimes when I see a distorted image on TV, such as when the digital image on the screen is totally out of order (kind of scrambled), I feel the same creepy sensation. Also when I see the underside of a military helicopter that is disgustingly ugly, covered with odd mechanical shapes and sizes, I cringe all over. My thought is that this is neurological as is so much of what we call mental disorders. My understanding is that OCD is a part of this idiosyncratic syndrome as well. I don't really know for sure, but I'm thinking of going back to school to study it more! My additional difficulty is that of feeling angry when I come upon certain odors or fragrances. Weird, I know! And yet all of my psychological tests in school were normal. Go figure!

Apr 24, 2016
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Few!
by: Anonymous

Wow I'm so glad to come across this, had issues with textures, usually looking up close at close knit textures, such as stitching on a pillow, scales and holes or bark etc, for as long as a remember, makes my skin crawl and itch and I imagine it imbedded in my skin or face, and usually because I can't stop thinking about it I end up wanting to keep looking at the thing that's creeping me out, for example just had an 'episode' where came across on Instagram a video of a snake shedding Its skin, and you could see the scales pulling away from the old skin and kind of making a popping sound as they pulled away, eugh makes me cringe now thinking about it, so I watched that over and over for a while just to disgust myself idk why! It was a mix of fascination and disgust, And now I'm nauseous and like I need to scratch my skin off, never thought to google it before because I thought I was just a bit doolaly but did tonight and I'm glad because I'm not alone! I wonder what it is??

Mar 31, 2016
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Ahh relief
by: Anonymous

I have always gotten really angry at certain patterns. I want to break them. I've had much relief from smashing abalone shells. The repetitive patterns make me so angry. Didn't feel like such a weirdo as my twin had the same feelings.

Mar 24, 2016
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I have this my whole life
by: Leslie

I'm 52, and after just experiencing this sensation watching a tv show, I decided to see if anyone else has this problem. Glad I'm not alone,but no one seems to know what this is. Tryophobia doesn't seem to fit for me, because it's more than "holes" and it's not a fear/phobia. I can look at really gross things (I'm a nurse) and not have this sensation. It is just specific patterns.

I thought it was a type of synethesia, but on one of their message boards years ago they disagreed. But, the sensation is real, my flesh crawls and it can last for a while. It's uncomfortable and I never know when it's going to happen. Thankfully it's not too often.

Mar 14, 2016
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Glad I'm not alone
by: Anonymous

I am so glad that I am not alone! Now what is the condition called?

Feb 24, 2016
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clusters of holes make me shiver
by: tmart

I hated dolls as a child. My mom said it was the hair that I hated. It wasn't the hair, it was the holes in the dolls head you could see. aaah, its hard to even type it out because I think of it and it makes me a little sick in tummy and wigged out. Reading all the comments makes me wonder if we all have something in common.

anyone intuitive?

Feb 21, 2016
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Me too
by: sandra

It seems like my entire life I have suffered with this problem. Textures and patterns can just paralyze me sometimes. I can't eat lobster tails anymore without taking out the lobster meat, and then immediately I have to crush the shell up while keeping it covered with a napkin. I know I look foolish in the restaurants, but I cant' help it. The older I get the worse it is. My kids also suffer mildly from this disorder.

Feb 17, 2016
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YES!
by: Dawn

I am so glad I found this page! Ever since I can remember, the visual texture of certain things makes me very uncomfortable, to the point of revulsion but I never knew why or that other people experienced this (my sister & boyfriend know about it and my "triggers", but I usually keep it quiet).

For me it is certain designs/weights of silverware (what? I know, I can't explain it). It is really uncomfortable for me to touch, use or look at heavy, very detailed silverware, or that super basic, stamped cafeteria type silverware (where it looks like its punched out of a sheet and has no curves to it). Some types of tree bark patterns literally make me feel afraid and panicky. Also I have a very fluffy Norwegian Forest Cat (similar to a Main Coon with very long fur) and the way it segments and bunches itself up similarly makes me feel very panicky so that I have to stop what I'm doing and smooth it out. I also have it to a certain degree with certain foods. I cannot even put in my mouth bananas, cooked oatmeal, squishy vegetables like squash or zucchini, not because of taste, but because of texture.

I do not have any OCD type issues or symptoms, just these texture issues. I simply thought I was crazy. Its a relief to find other people that also deal with this.

Jan 04, 2016
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People like me...
by: Anonymous

It I is nice to see that there is more of us out there than I thought. I have had this issue for as long as I can remember. When I was little I would hold food in my mouth cause I couldn't make myself swallow it cause of the texture of it. Now that I'm older I won't even put anything like that in my mouth. People have always laughed at me when I see certain textures while I'm trying not to scratch my skin off. I have literally had to stop cooking and let someone else take over when the look of the food started to make my skin crawl. I could not make myself finish. The worst time has been in the winter season. When the ground gets cold and ice in the ground starts raising up the dirt everywhere. It's horrible to look at and I start itching all over. It freaks me out. I know I do have traces of trypophobia but not all. I really would like to know if there is a name for what this issue is.

Dec 30, 2015
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Re: NOT Trypophobia
by: Anonymous

Hello anon! OP here.

I suggest that this is not trypophobia because trypo is specifically the fear of an irregular pattern of holes. This may come in to play, however as many other commentors have expressed, it is not limited to holes and sometimes even moreso about spacial misinterpretation rather than the holes themselves. I myself had a recent episode caused by text. A dark screen with white "1"s across it at even and uneven intervals. My brain viewed it as a texture even though it was quite obviously flat.

This in itself makes me wonder if it may actually be connected to OCD in some way.

Thanks for the question, hopefully this clarifies for others as well.

Dec 29, 2015
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NOT Trypophobia?
by: Anonymous

To the original poster, I'm wondering why you think this is NOT trypohobia.

I do not experience fear, but do experience extreme revulsion. Since I need to avoid these images, and will always turn away from them immediately, I can see it being thought of as a fear.

Can you explain why you think trypophobia doesn't apply?

Dec 20, 2015
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Same! This feeling I can't explain!
by: Anonymous

Wow! So glad I'm not the only one. It looks like this phenomenon is rare or maybe it's just that a lot of people haven't confronted it yet. I have a problem with certain textures/patterns which have a lot of dots and squiggly boundaries, like that of a clump of biological cells but in 3D. I realized that I have this issue when I saw a fake pic of a lotus seapod photoshopped on a man's shoulder as some disease! It made all the nerves in my body cringe!

Nov 17, 2015
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Re: The Solution
by: Anonymous

OP here again. (Seems i've had to moderate a lot lately)

I'd like to thank "The Artist" for their suggestion. I hope it may be helpful to others.

However, as an artist, i can say it does not help me. In fact, i've tried this route and all it does is increase my freaking out. I have no associations with the images, it does not tie in to any of my other anxieties (at least that i can tell) and overall just makes the situatuon worse. The visual itself is the cause of anxiety, much like how people with touch-based sensory processing disorders experience the majority of the situational anxiety due to a texture they are in contact with.

I started this thread, not specifically to look for a solution so much as to look for a cause. Everyone can find ways to "deal" with the situation, but we'll never truly have answers until we know WHY it is happening. Any suggestions to overcome the situational anxiety are, of course, welcome, but I hope that one day we will find the root cause of it.

Nov 13, 2015
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The Solution.
by: The Artist

I believe Art Therapy and expressing our emotions through conversation can help. This may possibly be a resort from anxiety. As I sketched and colored more the emotional reaction towards the object started to decrease even if I expected or predicted to feel "unlike myself". I really couldn't feel the same intense energy as I did prior. So as I stated in the previous sentence the emotions settled however the visual was connecting itself with something else. Which led me to believe that it's really not just the visual itself but me connecting the visual to an infection or disease. I also believe expressing emotions of pain helps. Examining if the family has any mental health problems "Bi Polar" isolation issues and plenty more. It is also a fact that having a healthy relationship with your friends, family and partners plays a major role in reducing anxiety and stress.

Nov 06, 2015
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Textures that make me nauseated
by: Anonymous

I'm so relieved to know that I'm not the only that's dealing with this. For a minute I thought I was nuts. From a child I've had issues with looking at certain textures like plastic, certain wood, various toys, and sometimes even walking in a store when I see certain foods rapped in plastic. Especially when plastic is put together with wood or wood grain. When I was a kid there were certain toys I couldn't play with because I would look at them and immediately start throwing up. I just get so easily grossed out with certain textures. I wish there was a medication to make it go away.

Oct 19, 2015
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Fear of circular patterns
by: Anonymous

When I was a toddler, I was afraid of dartboards. When I was in precalculus class, I freaked out when I had to deal with dartboard - shaped polar graphs, and I cannot play Super Mario Galaxy because of the black hole animations. They freak me out so much, and I don't know anyone else who experiences this. I believe it may be related to synesthesia because seeing this causes a creepy feeling in the palms of my hands. I have Asperger's Syndrome, and I wonder if that has something to do with it.

Oct 11, 2015
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Original Poster here!
by: Anonymous

Hi everyone! I'm so glad this is still reaching people! I personally have yet to find any answers or explanations for this, but it's very comforting to see i'm not alone.

I did want to expound on my post- there are people commenting that this is trypophobia- THIS IS NOT TRYPOPHOBIA. Trypophobia may be related, but i personally do not specifically suffer from trypo, so I think it's VERY important to keep it separate from what we're experiencing. Calling it a 'phobia' would mean that this is nothing more than a fear. I reject this line of thought. I fully believe that what we are experiencing is much closer to a sensory processing disorder than a 'simple' phobia. Sight is just as important to sensory as taste, touch, smell, and hearing.

As an example, i had an experience with a countertop. The VISUAL pattern of it caused me so much anxiety i thought i was going to have a panic attack. However, with much willpower, i made myself touch it. I found that it was completely flat, and that my eyes were misperceiving it. I immediately calmed down. Until i took my hand off it and only saw it again. This experience is what truly lead me to believe that this has to do with sensory processing. And that's what got me to post here :)

Oct 10, 2015
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Nausea
by: Anonymous

Twisted metal, billboards with missing letters, and the ridges in the steps of the escalator all cause me to feel nauseous. My earliest memory of disturbing visuals is of newborn kittens squeezing through the holes of a chain linked fence. This occurred over 30 years ago and I still remember it as if it were yesterday!

Oct 01, 2015
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I am not alone!
by: Anonymous

Wow, I am so happy I am not alone! I have had a fear of certain patterns/textures for as long as I can remember. For me the worst is tree bark or anything peeling off something like shedding reptile skin. I also can't stand the underside of a mushroom (those line bits), clusters of hole within something (the stuff that goes around the Internet), rice or pasta sticking up in the pot, or when you've left half a red onion in the fridge and the sides start to turn up. When I see a pattern I feel completely repulsed, want to cry, feel nauseous, want to run away, but also want to distroy it. I have had times where I'll peel off bark from a tree or chuck out something because I can't look at it. My reaction is worse if I am feeling stressed, sad or angry.

Sep 18, 2015
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Can anyone relate to this one?
by: Anonymous

Certain textures on leaves, especially if they are bumpy. Cattails sticking up out of completely still water. Seams of an inside-out glove. This came up the other day at an art museum; the sculpture was made with concrete poured through a wire grid and I couldn't look at the underside where the concrete "bubbled" through the wire. I never know when one of these creepy textures will affect me, but when I see one I have to look away. It just really creeps me out.

Don't know if there is any relation but I also have ASMR.

Aug 16, 2015
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Trypophobia
by: Denise

so glad to see this article. For me I get physically sick when I cut open Pumpkins Squash Cantaloupe or any other fruits with seeds & pulp. I actually feel a churning in my stomach & have to keep myself from throwing up. I thought I was the only one. Guess I could never be a surgeon. Lol

Aug 08, 2015
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Thank God I'm not the only one
by: Anonymous

I have always had this issue with being utterly creeped out and physically disgusted by certain textures. It would happen with certain cartoons or movies and in my natural surroundings. Recently it has gotten worse which is what prompted me to look this up. My boyfriend thinks I'm just being crazy but I would also have nightmares where I couldn't close my eyes due to the patterns I would see. Does anyone know of any treatments or how to combat this. I have other sensory disorders and I get the inclination they all coincide. It is starting to impede on my life, as I'm having more trouble cleaning, eating, sleeping due to being consistently creeped out. Help!!

Aug 06, 2015
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I hate certain patterns and textures
by: Ann

Once in a while, I have a nightmare. It's just one ugly texture in my mind. No people. No talking. No "story line". Just the pattern right up near my face. As a kid, I broke out with chicken pox. It nearly drove me crazy--all those patches of pox on my body, like an infestation. One day, I scratched every one of them off and then had to hide it from my parents. That's my earliest recollection of this problem. These days, I see patterns everywhere that make my skin crawl and hair stand up. A recent experience is while grilling salmon. Sometimes this white gunk seeps out of the fish in a pattern and I have to scrape it off fast. This whole pattern-texture thing causes great anxiety. I wish I could make it stop. I am 66 years old.

Jul 05, 2015
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re last post - overall comment
by: Anonymous

All the best with your psych app. I think I was lucky in that my sister also has this condition so there was always someone to share with and understand - didn't feel like a complete nutter.

My daughter-in-law also has this condition and her psych had never heard of it!

So that is three people I know who have this affliction. It is interesting to note that while it's basically the same patterns and textures that 'freak us out', there are differences in what 'freaks us out' and the intensity of that reaction.

Jul 02, 2015
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This is for real?
by: Anonymous

I came looking for this page to see if having reactions to visual thing was possibility or if it was something in my own head. I noticed mine a few years ago while playing games on the internet. Things with lacy edges or sharp and pointed ends on some patterns Lately seeing spider webs in hidden object games make me feel so uncomfortable that in triggers my psoriasis I feel as if I need to shed my shin off. I have felt insane by these reactions. Really anything layered on Like I was looking at a palm tree and noticed there is an outer bark that gardeners peal away to get to the criss cross bark the outer layer looks like itchy dry skin and My body felt like it was experiencing wearing that outer bark. I have a Psych appt. My first in this area so this ought be interesting. This is not your big city doctors they may not know what I'm saying.

May 15, 2015
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round shapes
by: Anonymous

Round shapes in and of themselves don't bother me, but those pasta noodles that have pie like shapes in them bother me to the point that I have to look away. I have tried to force myself to look at them and I can look at them but it makes my skin crawl.

Apr 06, 2015
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wow
by: Anonymous

Wow I always thought I was nuts. It is really only staples or nails in a telephone pole for me. Makes me extremely sick to my stomach. Ever since I was a kid. I went for a walk the other day with my boyfriend and saw a stapled pole...was hard to explain why or what made me ill. The only other things I have issues with are scabs and stitches. Good to know it is a real issue.

Mar 29, 2015
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parseccentric
by: Anonymous

Right on. "Trypophobia" has become popular in some parts of the Internet lately, but people have mostly been posting already-disgusting photos of living beings with it, causing many to cry 'fake phobia'. But they ignore the people who have problems with the textures themselves.

I don't really have a fear to these textures, but a strong physiological aversion, apparently. For as long as I could remember, I would freak out at patterns of cracks, deep gashes, clustered and/or patterned holes, you name it. I couldn't stand the sight and start to physically itch. Scratching wouldn't subside until I could finally get myself to stop thinking about it. It gets tough in the winter when icicles dripping water onto piles of snow, creating irregular, deep holes, are everywhere.

I get annoyed at companies that design this way... at my university, we have these orange plastic chairs. To make the chairs light, they cut out a pattern of interlocking three-spoke figures... it makes my skin crawl and it's hard to not focus on it.

I think the reason for my disturbance is imagining the pattern like it were embedded in my skin. Ugh...

I can't even look at detailed maps of coasts of some countries because all the inlets resembling cracks is so disgusting.

Mar 20, 2015
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Textures found in Nature
by: Anonymous

I am so glad I am not crazy. I finally figured out it( is textures that creep me out. Bark on a tree, the underside of mushrooms, skin on chicken feet,inside anything with seeds (peppers, fruit, cucumbers.) The list just goes on and on. When I see something that gives me that visceral feeling, I want to touch it. That helps, but if it is a picture, I just stare at it.

Mar 18, 2015
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patterms and certain shapes foods and liquids make creeps me out!!
by: Anonymous

Me too!!! I have the same issue.. I've mistakenly let rice and pasta cook to long and if it sticks to bottom of the pan I freak out! It grosses me out! Especially if flipped up. Yesterday I cooked cut up chicken cubes to long and the bottom of the pan was burned. I tried to scrap the chicken out of the burned pan.. and It started to look like chicken feathers In a burned pot and I thru the pot away and it's been on my mind all day so I researched and found this page. Thank god! Or if I don't wash out my coffee cup and I Leave it at my desk over night, if I come to work the next day and look in my cup the the pattern it makes when it dries freaks me out! Or dried up liquids on any surface grosses me out when it makes weird patterns...

Mar 16, 2015
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This is do funny
by: Anonymous

I am finding the comments so amusing as I thought It was just me! There was this artical in the daily Mail recently of pictures of an old mental hospital and the photos of the walls were making me feel sick. I was also decorating recently and we remived a wooden panel from the wall. The glue it left on the wall, all lumpy and looked like a bee hive made me through up

Mar 12, 2015
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EW!
by: Anonymous

I have a similar problem. Like I hate the way birds look when they are sitting on top of buildings or just flying in the sky. It just looks super weird and makes me so uncomfortable and anxious. Also there is this pot in my house and it has black burnt pieces of rice at the bottom of it and there all clustered together and it completely disgust me and makes me soo anxious . Like even typing about it in this comment is making me anxious. I never know when a pattern is going to make me uncomfortable so sometimes I'm caught off guard and its terrible!

Mar 05, 2015
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I am not alone!
by: Anonymous

An image appeared and made me cringe, scream (almost) and made my body shake. I can't stand some textures, they will make me uneasy and want to run away!

Feb 22, 2015
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Eggs
by: Anonymous

Yeah I guess I have had this disorder for a long time myself. I am 34 and at one point I remember scrambling some eggs to make an omlette. When I poured the eggs into the pan and they started to fry, the bubbles in the omelette started raising up in this weird and unsettling pattern and the ones that popped started leaving triangular looking holes... I wasn't sure if maybe I just never noticed before while cooking eggs, but it freaked me right the heck out.

I finished making it, but just threw it away because it weirded me out so bad that I couldn't bring myself to eat it.

I didn't eat eggs for months after that because just the thought of trying to brought the image of that omelette with the weird, uneven, triangle bubble holes up in my mind.

Like a year later I still think about it sometimes and get an uneasy feeling when dealing with eggs no matter what they are being used for.

Feb 19, 2015
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Whew!
by: Anonymous

I am so glad this thread isn't old! I have never met anyone like me! I totally understand that patterns! For me, it's some colors as well. Not the colors themselves, but if they are together and my brain feels like they shouldn't be...very hard to explain...there is a store in most malls that blends these colors ( black, white, turquoise , red, magenta , and yellow).... When I see the store's name, I turn my head and hurry past!

Feb 11, 2015
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Pattern Texture Disorder
by: Gaynore

Well guys I know exactly what you are all talking about. I am 57 years old and I have had this thing/disorder since I can remember.

My sister has it too and we never knew anyone else with it until we met my son's girlfriend/now wife.

Yes it is certain shapes and textures that totally make me feel like screaming, feel sick, or feel like scratching myself - awful feeling and I don't like to think of the things that do it or talk about them as it sort of explodes in my mind ... but while it's not a nice thing to have at all, it's reassuring to know others have it - perhaps we are not mad after all. Had awful experience with seeds on a frangipani tree just recently and can hardly breathe trying to type this. Don't want to think about it .... Haven't heard it described as a Sensory Processing Disorder but think this is a good name for it. EEK-have to stop now - too many thoughts coming.

Is there any treatment for this?????

Feb 04, 2015
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adversion to 9 round
by: Anonymous

My adversion to round things started last summer when i stumbled across a photoshopped image of a lotus blossum pod on someone's shoulder. I am 51 and this happened at a stressful time. It has gotten better. But now I am at a loss about how to avoid other pics that may trigger another episode.

Jan 31, 2015
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HATE TEXTURES!
by: Anonymous

OMG, I HAVE ALWAYS WONDERED WHAT WAS WRONG WITH ME. I'M NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO GETS DISGUSTED WITH CLUSTERS,CRACKS,HOLES. IT'S SO UGLY TO SEE. IT REALLY DISTURBS ME! I GET ALL ITCHY AND WANT ANYTHING WITH THOSE TEXTURES OUT OF MY SIGHT! UGH....

Jan 13, 2015
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I'm not the only freak
by: Anonymous

You have no idea how it feels to actually see other people have this problem! I never know how to explain it to anyone and when I try, they look at me like I'm a complete freak!

I've had it for as long as I can remember and I started to tell people my problem and they just don't understand!

My main problem is is when I see a wall made out of stones or rocks but lots of them in an unorganized manner, it makes me feel quite sick and it's so weird! It's also things like lots of tiny cracks in one area, it just makes me feel sick and its disgusting!

What is this!?!

Dec 30, 2014
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Finally!
by: Anonymous

So good to know that I'm not the only one who has had this issue since my childhood. The only way I can compare it is to the way people react to auditory stimuli that make them cringe (i.e scratching a chalkboard). I absolutely cannot see certain patterns because sometimes it makes me shudder or want to scream (sometimes I do) in such disgust. And depending on the type of texture or pattern, I find it takes time to get the image out of my head. Ugh.

Nov 30, 2014
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by: Anonymous

I absolutely have the same feelings. I hate to look at some textures.
There was a photoshopped picture on Facebook not so long ago of boob with a seed pod on it, so it looked like an boob with maggots in it. It made me feel sick for days and days. Another example: we cut open a pumpkin and all the seeds clustered together was just so creepy not only did it visually disturb me but I can feel the texture in my mouth!! It's making my skin crawl just thinking of it.

I'm so glad there are other nutters out there like me lol :)

Oct 29, 2014
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Me too!
by: Anonymous

I absolutely have the same problem. So does my sister and so do my three sons. I have been looking on the internet for information regarding this, and the best I could find was trypophobia, or a phobia of small clusters of holes. But my visual texture aversion goes beyond that into things like you mentioned. I have an absolutely visceral reaction to some textures - they actually make my hair hurt! Some examples are large amounts of staples on a telephone pole, clustered unevenly or anything with tiny cracks... My skin actually crawls!!

Oct 24, 2014
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It's not just me!! :)
by: Anonymous

I thought I was nuts...now I know we all are! ;) So glad to find others like me. I really thought it was just me. It makes more sense now!:)

Oct 17, 2014
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Finally realize I'm not alone!
by: Anonymous

I have the same thing. People look at me like I am crazy when I try to explain it. Did anyone ever figure out what it is called? I saw a turkey today and the texture on its head make me gag!

Sep 14, 2014
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bleh
by: Anonymous

Something about the thought of running my nails through carpet or rugged textures make me sick.I think anxiety might have something to do with it.

Aug 29, 2014
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by: Anonymous

I can't stand looking at honeycombs... or swirly, corkscrew shapes. looking at some of those photos gave me shivers. i don't know why. if i think about some shapes i get goosebumps and feel sick.

Aug 14, 2014
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So glad other people have this problem!
by: Anonymous

Whenever I touch certain styles of socks, (usually the really fuzzy kind) my teeth hurt and I want to throw up. I feel like I want to throw up when eating certain textured foods like strawberries, mushrooms, or raspberries.

Can we just come up with a name for this?

Aug 02, 2014
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i completely understand.
by: Anonymous

and i am looking to find out what this ailment is called too...i get nauseated when i see fish eggs, and filters or sponges etc because of the texture/pattern, i find it quite strange but it has been bothering me for years which led me to question whether there were other who suffered from the same, or similar issue?

Oct 15, 2013
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Why does this bother me too!?
by: Anonymous

I CANT BELIEVE I FOUND PEOPLE LIKE ME!!!! What's WRONG w/ us??!! A pic was recently floating on the internet of a girls knees after being forced to kneel in frozen peas... I can't explain why these textures & indentations bother me.

Sep 24, 2013
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Textures!
by: chickeebabe

Oh yeah....and I forgot to add that I saw a roll of tobacco sticks (usually those rolls are made from regular straw or hay). The huge-ness and harshness of the tobacco sticks sorta made me mad. (I thought that was odd.)

Sep 24, 2013
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Textures!
by: chickeebabe

I'm so glad I found this page. I've been trying to figure out what is "wrong with me". I can't stand the look of raw cut potatoes (that are not cut all the way through...like if a chopper was used on them). I can't stand the texture of the tops of some acorns. And, I was looking at a pendant for a necklace, and inside it was a texture that stood up and it really freaked me out. At least I know that I'm not alone in this. I'm 50 right now, and I think this started about 8 years ago. Maybe I had it before and never realized it?? I think it's odd that at my age, I would be getting these types of things.

Jun 10, 2013
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So right!
by: Anonymous

You got this just right. I was adopted and brought to a country with grass and the moment they set me on it i screamed, threw up and cried. Textures to this day still bother me so. I will still vomit, scream and cry not to mention it can set off a slew of other reactions, especially depending on what new medication i may be taking. It has gotten so bad that i was rocking back and forth with my hands over my eyes for an hour. What i find to do in a situation where a texture will make you sick is to listen to some white noise (may sound weird but it clears my mind so i don't think of the texture) and close my eyes for as long as i may need.

Mar 20, 2013
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trypophobia
by: Anonymous

I am so relieved to know there other people like me. I have had this problem all my life. I can't stand the markings grilled meat,or on fish and turtles.

Nov 06, 2012
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"Trypophobia" for some but not for all.
by: Anonymous

I looked into the Trypophobia thing, and I don't think it fits. Trypophobia is specifically for holes and patterns of the like, and seems to be connected to feeling itchy due to relating the holes with your skin. What I attempted to describe in the post goes far beyond 'itching,' to full blown nausea and even tears because of the irrational unease and fear that the patterns cause. So unless people with the tumblr-named "Trypophobia" often wish to throw up, cry, and run as far away as possible, I doubt that this is that phobia. Granted, I could have a severe reaction, but judging by the comments of others, I'd say the phobia would be pointing in the wrong direction.

Nov 06, 2012
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It's called Trypophobia
by: Anonymous

You all are Trypophobic. I have it too. It's the pits!!!!!

Jul 13, 2012
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patterns that gross me out
by: Anonymous

I have this too. like an extreme close up of a tiger's tongue or the pattern in cooked cut brisket, the pattern on the alien's head on the old show called Alien Nation... that is the kind of thing that turns my stomach.... I wish I knew what causes this and if it is connected to other things going on in my life.

Mar 06, 2012
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ice that forms like points on cars
by: Anonymous

I have had these same feelings when looking at certain pattern or textures. I can't look at a car that has ice on it near wheel wells that are clustered into a grouping of points of ice. I have tried to explain these types of feelings and people just look at me like I am crazy. I also dream of some of these patterns or textures that make me cringe.

Dec 29, 2011
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Rice after cooked, pasta cooked,snow banks
by: Anonymous

Wow the same thing happens to me like if u cook rice and the water cooks out it freaks me out and the same thing with pasta if it dries out and is facing up in the pan or bowl freaks me out and the same thing with snow banks after they plow or if different levels of snow. Strange?? Am I crazy?? Happens with alot of things I look at.

Nov 05, 2011
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You describe it just right!
by: Anonymous

I'm 34 and I've had this as long as I can remember!

Nov 01, 2011
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Clusters for me.
by: Anonymous

I have the same thing but with different patterns. Some soap bubble bother me (groupings of them), netballs (kids toys), etc. The best way for me to describe it is, something that is pushing through something else. Certain clusters of objects. Freaks me out. I had a panic attack at work the other day because I was unable to walk away from it. My sister and nephew are the same way.

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