Metal phobia

by chloe walsh
(england)

since i was about 7+ i wouldn't touch metal. i hate the smell of it, the feel of it and everything about it.




when i go to restaurants i always get something easy like chips which i can just pick up and eat, and try to avoid like bolognese's etc. Its effected my life in such a negative way, i use plastic cutlery, when i go to friends house i tend to take them with me, i cant hold my keys without feeling sick.(i usually cover the metal with me sleeve).

i cant hold money for long, the smell of it makes me physically sick, and when i touch it i think there's loads of germs on it etc. i also cant eat when my hands smell of it either:/ oh and i hate it so so sooooooooooo much when people put money or their necklaces in there mouth!!

its disgusting, plus i cant wear necklaces or rings because they make me feel sick and horrible. i hate it:( i just wanna be well, normal:/



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Jul 04, 2018
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I hate metal
by: Anonymous

Hi. So I want to start by saying that I thought that I was the only one who experienced this and that I'm glad that I'm not alone. I personally am ok with touching like polished metal (like silverware, jewelry, etc) but when it comes to coins, metal chains on swing sets, door knobs, keys, etc. I will freak out if I have to touch them. If there is a situation where I have to unlock something with a key or where I have to open a door with a metal handle, I will either try and touch it with my sleeve covering my hand or I will wash my hands thoroughly immediately after I am done. Thinking about metal rubbing to together, smelling it, tasting it, touching it, repulses me. I honestly don't know why and my mom and her boyfriend think that I'm crazy and I'm making it up for attention. Ugh. Honestly, metal freaking sucks and I hate it. I wish that one of my friends or family members understood how I feel so then I wouldn't be entirely alone and so then I could actually talk face to face with someone about my issue without getting eye rolls.

Jun 06, 2018
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Not aloneđź–¤
by: Anonymous

Me and my best friend are the same. We can’t touch coins. Although, she is okay with silver wear where I am not. I only use plastic cutlery and when I have to have change I tend to leave it on the counter if they don’t have a tip jar or hand it off to a friend. If someone pays for something for me with my money(which happens quite often because I have severe social anxiety) and they go to hand me back my change I can not take it. Thankfully, it’s not ALL metal for me usually. I can touch my keys for a short amount of time and I have a stainless steel bracelet that doesn’t bother me whatsoever.

Mar 04, 2018
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You're not alone
by: Isabelle

Me and my friend also has the same phobia. We bonded over this and it has affected our whole lives. It's so nice to see that we're not alone in this.

Nov 10, 2014
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I'm the same!
by: Shauna N (England)

You have literally just described my life. So glad I'm not the only one!

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