If You Are Frightened By Clusters Of Holes, There Might Be A Scientific Reason Why

    Don't worry, this is a trypophobia-safe place. No holes.

    Hi, I'm Krista and I have trypophobia. It is a fear of clusters of small holes, circles, or bumps (trust me, it's not worth a Google) and I've suffered from it for as long as I can remember.

    So, what happens when I see holes? A whole bunch of bad things. My skin starts to crawl, my stomach turns, I get shortness of breath, and even physically itchy. IT. IS. HORRIBLE.

    I thought I was the only one, but then one day in high school my best friend and I saw an image of small holes and we both lost it. Something we could only explain as ~DEATH HOLES~.

    And several years later, I came across this BuzzFeed post – notice the appropriate "ew" and "wtf" badges.

    It was then that I realized my friend and I were not alone. It is a real, terrifying thing, it has an actual name, and lots of people have this same irrational fear.

    But one thing I have always wondered is: WHY?

    After doing a lot of research – and dodging the thousands of inconsiderate hole pics people put in their articles – here's what I found:

    Trypophobia is a relatively new phenomenon that started getting a lot of attention on social media after a lotus seed was photoshopped into someone's skin. Currently, researchers aren't convinced it's an actual phobia (I strongly disagree). It also isn't recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). But – for real sufferers like me – it's real as hell.

    It could be a simple fear of animals with hole-y skin patterns (this image did not trigger me).

    But, that theory sounded like total bullshit to me – I mean, half the animals with hole-like patterns don't scare me, like giraffes for example. So, I did some more research and found this study done last year with a more accurate-sounding theory.

    I now feel like I have a pretty ~scientific~ reason as to why this happens to me and other sufferers.

    So, is there a cure? Is there some miracle medicine we can be taking to keep us sane if we ever encounter small holes? The answer, sadly, is no. But, just remember: