“Katsarida” is the Greek word for cockroach, which ties this fear of the household pests directly into the term. Work to diminish negative outlooks and thought processes that are related to your phobia, as fear begets fear. For instance, two people can experience the same traumatic event. It’s only the main four kinds of roaches that just don’t get the hint they are NOT wanted. I leave and go to Kroger to get RAID! On the other hand, you may see it as merely an object in your path. It’s just so bad to suffer from something like this. I may be able to control myself not to scream but I would definitely panic and run. Many are fascinating looking or just cute looking. For some reason I am petrified of them. But, really, after reading this post , I think the only lasting solution is to rewire my brain through therapy or such. I was very impressionable. I believe this is what made me so terrified of them. Wish me luck. I shouted firstly and then I was shivering literally.. whenever I see it I become speechless.. please help me. I honestly thought I’d get over a bug by now but recently I moved into a house I know to be infested with them, and because of that memory it’s making it hard to eat anything in the pantry, or even take a shower, which ironically I’m doing now after finding a roach in the tub and teaming up with a squatting spider to rid the house of their filth. There are ways to get over your cockroach phobia. Reason why i hate those demons… and my sisters father… monster…. I’d rather spend a night in a haunted house than be anywhere near a cockroach! Have your parents buy you a can of RAID and keep it with you at all times!! I cannot walk the dogs in the dark because they run in front of me – and live in the trees. However, this viewpoint was developed in the 19th century and is severely outdated. Anyway, cant wait till the SAILBOAT!!! Seeing one cockroach is enough to render me catatonic, frozen, screaming and crying. Roaches are unsanitary and vile. I was not a child of god back then. Being scared of cockroaches is quite common. Cockroaches are mostly active at … I washed the mug at least 5 times with a ton of Dawn and scalding hot water but still feel suspicious drinking from it. I used to live in an apartment that was infested with cockroaches. The most prominent ones are summarized in the table below. They remind me over silverfish. Although a baby rattler, my ex ran like a sissy – I tossed it out in a trashcan and broom. I do remember always having a disgust towards some insects. Currently, somebody on Instagram having a profile picture of a cockroach and some photos of cockroaches started to follow me. These steps might work. I really don’t know when it all started. Some of you all may be thinking that makes it less of a phobia, but nope. Another person, who doesn’t have this brain chemistry, won’t produce that same fear. Good thing I was not driving (I was at the back seat), as that cockroach went flying straight in between my nose and mouth and I just lost it. It’s too much for me too handle. It’s because I know they swarm, if I see one I can’t deal because my brain just starts picturing them being all over the inside of the walls and in every little crack and my whole body gets shaky and cold. . 13 years ago. I am a grown man and I am absolutely terrified of cockroaches. Sometimes my breathing gets so bad I might just pass out. My living room consist of a sofa, a lamp a decently sized table thing for the tv with space for books and that’s it. good luck. Its also not that helpful that all my friends and family members seem to poke fun around my fear, despite knowing how panicked I get when they even mention roaches. Or gross. It’s just THAT time of year. Aside from that, humans have evolved to be frightened of certain objects because they are naturally threatening. I can hear the stuttering of them whenever they are there. Phone at 8 percent because I’m not moving from this spot. It’s now 2:37 and I can’t sleep as dead roaches are everywhere. Hello from the OTHER roach state . I honestly don’t know how to overcome this extreme phobia, because all of the therapies listed sound absolutely terrifying. I have a fear of them too. Forum Posts. I’m actually still in tears from what happened. Nicole Byer (Nailed It!, Loosely Exactly Nicole) is afraid of cockroaches. * If I accidentally kill it, I have this odd ritual where I wrap it and flush under the pretense of it being some sort of ritual. Such apps have been created to simulate cockroaches crawling on your floor. After seeing a dead roach, I pack and go to my boyfriend’s place for a couple of days. I am a 35 yo man, and I have been scared of cockroaches since childhood. I'm Lou. It’s also possible for the negative interpretation of a cockroach experience to be translated into a phobia over time. Now at 40, life is better since I moved to Canada. HELL to the FAWK no! Such facts will not be encouraging to people who suffer from extreme cockroach phobia. The fourth encounter was the hardest encounter because I saw it in the bathroom on my way to my room and I sat there for an hour staring at the bathroom because I was too afraid to move because what if there was another one in the room. I'm the lead writer at cockroach zone. Their legs are spindly and full of jagged spikes. That’s how I feel about roaches. I’ve been living alone for about 5 years now and I remember that putting nets on my windows and buying some insect-killing machine or spray was step number one when moving into almost every rental I’ve ever lived in. I bought bug spray and sprayed everywhere except the kitchen. He went into my room with bug spray and a shoe, ready to kill it. I threw my towel, and yep, you guessed it! Thats exactly like me. See a be, wasp or hornet, I instantly smack it dead, no problem. People think I’m joking when I tell them, but it’s been 7 years since I left and I am still shuddering as I type this. I scream and can’t even say the word “roach” when I see them, but at least I’ve grown brave enough to kill them myself now instead of calling someone else. So I’ve had this ever since I was about 5 or 6. All I could do was scream for help. The only other place I remember NOT seeing roaches for many trips there was in the CZECH Rep (Prague, Karlovy Vary..) I’m sure they have the german ones but it’s nothing like Manhattan, where two ex girlfiends saw me scream and run like a little hysterical child. By the time she got back the roach found a way onto the floor and almost escaped under the dresser but it came back out and tried to escape under the bed. wemhim. The only safe place is the subway, because they hate the vibrations. I feel like I’m going to throw up and I break into a sweat every time I see one. I’m a 42 year old man, fearless of pretty much any bugs. I´m also from Germany and very afraid of cockroaches. All I know is that I’m terrified of those bastards and I can never stay in a room for long when theyre there with me. I can’t sleep. I was trembling like crazy the whole time, I didn’t even fill up the whole bowl before I decided that I had had enough. Just hearing the name makes me get chills down my back. And lo and behold, there was a roach. I was in 6th grade before the last day of school, it was pretty embarrassing because my classmates saw me crying just because of the word cockroach or picture or seeing one. Im gonna have to turn my room upside down. I wish I knew what to tell you. I lost it! Once, she even ran out of the shower with the soap still on, as she felt a cockroach had flown into the bathroom. I wanted to turn off the light and run away but the roach was right next to the switch on the counter. I am disgusted, scared, and frustrated with this immortal bug, I hope they go extinct. If I see one my heart races and anxiety increases but I am easily capable of killing it because the thought of it getting away and breeding terrifies me. I screamed, then my sister came in and saw me crying. I can’t walk my dogs in the dark because they are outside and live in the trees. I’ve never had problems with them, but I’ve seen them. Those damn roaches terrify me but I want to get over my fear. Because of such traits, it is no wonder why some people are scared of cockroaches. I have tried several times to hit it but my fear strikes and I can’t. Hey Hypixel Community! If your home or a city you live with has a lot of them and you are bound to see them at least occasionally, please find a good psychotherapist who has experience in phobias. Plus I think they breed in my TV! I’m not sure if it’s even a roach or something else because it’s so huge, but it looks just like a roach and freaks me out. Re: I'm scared of cockroaches You have to find the pockets that the roaches are living in, then use bait (apply in small dabs) near those areas. But Yes, he would have died by my side, because they DO come back for you! Ever since then, I’ve been scared to death to even walk in my room.. Or touch my bed.. However, this last time, instead of going away, the roach came right to the door like a human would to see who was there and it freaked me out, although I was too asleep to make a noise or really react immediately. I screamed and ran away of course. Fml and I got a psych visit in 4 hours havent slept. For those who may even think the hives are psychosomatic, not true. But still, I freak out every time. I think that’s when I started to be afraid of them. Most of the time, I will get my husband to kill these things should the occasional one sneak in. Our brains may simply overreact by making us too wary of the insects, to the point of very real fear. Books and bookcases provide a convenient…. Be warned! There’s a big fat Roach under my bed right now and a smaller one ON my bed I’m terrified can’t sleep. I’m just damn scared of cockroaches, period. There was this cockroach coming towards me and the was nowhere to go except over it. I just had one sitting on the wall and I couldn’t pass it to get to my mom so I literally had to call her 3 times to wake her up and it took me, her, and my brother to kill it. Vote A. I wish scientists could find a way to eliminate all roaches and most insects from the face of the earth. I start having a panic attacks and screaming and i cant breathe. I would have asked my dad to kill it but he is asleep. I think i only have mild katsaridaphobia because when i see a cockroach I won’t get nervous or scared unless its 2 feet near me or its on wing-mode. Just to read the articles makes my heart go fast. I wouldn’t. I’m in bed, it’s 1:35am and there’s a roach in my house and my parents say I’m overreacting. • Watch cartoons (Adventure Time is advised) Remy's voice came right below me and I felt his breath on my ear as he asked, "Still afraid of cockroaches?" Overload for a person with this phobia. I’m also 13, living proof that you too can get over the fear of those creepy tiny insects. There are big ones all around outside and they keep darting for my door when I open it. You could also spray the pockets with a flushing agent and use a vacuum to suck up the roaches when they come running out. This is especially true for individuals that have had either flying phobias or a fear of heights. I know that sounds crazy, but it is true for me! But when you think of it, question yourself “what makes me so scarred of cockroaches”. I obsess about cleaning, taking out the trash, eating carefully so I don’t spill anything and washing the dishes almost instantly after using them. Lol but one time out lights were out cause of a storm so we had to keep the front door open.so I went to the bathroom and I had my tablet in there with me for light so our house is prone to daddy long legs so I felt something crawling under my foot so I just thought it was a daddy long legs. Self-help groups can provide you with a supporting and encouraging environment. Using these apps can help you gradually expose yourself to cockroaches. I can’t get any peace when I’m alone in the flat, and this is so strange to me because I see myself as a pretty independent person who had things “under control” before. Helpful. After I see one any tingle on my leg and I freak out. Nothing anyone says against me will change that. It was an actual cockroach. But roaches? No one else is awake to deal with me and my weirdness. You can also learn about relaxation techniques. Perhaps self-help methods don’t seem to work, or your cockroach phobia is so debilitating that you cannot resolve it on your own. "I'm only scared of birds. I do not want to be like this, but honestly it’s out of my control. Eventually I moved out and idk why I’m so scared of roaches my mom told me that when I was 2 or 3 yrs old I would collect roaches in an empty Kleenex box eww. This can eventually become a physical fear of cockroaches. Technology has advanced so far that we’re now exploring virtual reality in a clinical setting. Went into my bedroom tonight and turned around and there was a cockroach on the door frame and the door was closed, I felt trapped. I ran and got my mom’s shoe and tried to kill it myself, that was a mistake for sure! More power to ’em. My teacher sent me to the other teacher until it was over. I get paranoid and im get freaked out when I see something dark in my room or anywhere. And i don’t know why. I am afraid to be in the house. I always curl up really well in my blankets so if there are any, they will crawl on the blanket and not me. I was with one of my friends who HATES that I am afraid of bugs. I think I overkilled last night. Another time, my mother said one got in her bed and bit her butt (thanks for sharing, mom – that was 35 years ago, I still can’t move on). While cockroach phobias are the extreme version, an average fear of cockroaches isn’t uncommon. It probably didn’t help that I grew up in Tampa, FL (the world capitol of roaches). So it ran away and we started crying and screaming (it was at night). I didn’t sleep in my bedroom for a week because I was afraid it would happen again (even though it didn’t really happen). I had to scoop food out of one side while cringing at the other side at the roach. She literally pushes them with her leg when she sees them instead of killing them when I ask her to. I just sprayed the heck out of my home outside perimeter. Roaches can hide just about anywhere that’s warm, dark, and quiet. I constantly look at corners of the room and under things because a cockroach might be there. It looked at me and froze, moving it’s antenna and made a ‘break’ for it, heading for the shoe rack. I’m 39 years old and I was embarrassed of this phobia. So that’s the reason why I don’t touch them or even look at them because they’re so creepy and YUCK. And I’m about to spray it but my dad is like “no no no that’s enough, it’s going to die just wait.” My immediate reaction is to spray it until it dies because I need to make sure the little monster is DEAD. I went to wipe my shelf off and when I did a huge black cockroach came flying at me. It freaks me out. BUT you can… Oh I’m the same! I was watching my surveillance camera that watches while I’m away and caught one three days ago on camera. I have never screamed so much for some reason i started biting at my shirt sleeve. It was disgusting to see it crawl all over my things in my room. I started screaming and freaking out and… ohmygosh. I put her in the spare room and I worked up the courage to go back into the room and spray the shit out of my cupboard with insect spray. Needless to say I lost it big time. KILL IT KILL IT BEFORE IT LAYS EGGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When I shined my flashlight under my foot…”IT” WAS THERE omg I came out the bathroom screaming and having a heart attack I couldn’t get out of there fast enough I didn’t even pull my pants up when I ran I didn’t even flushthis is controlling my lifeeeee I just saw one on the wall in my room he was hugeeeeeee I ran out cursing (unlike me) leaving my phone(unlike me too) and called my grandma to kill it. I took a closer look, and realized it was a cockroach. I have an extreme fear of roaches especially the big flying ones. The next day I made him look for that roach until he finds it and kills it. To avoid detection, they plant themselves wherever they can for safety, preferring to come out at night under cover of darkness to protect themselves.…, When you have cockroaches, it feels like nothing in the home is safe. My fear of cockroaches is killing me When i was a kid, i had a traumatic experience with cockroaches (they crawled into my bunk bed when i was on a regional train), and im not sure if this fear is caused by it, but that experience didnt help. But I think there was another thing causing this, I watched infested, the show about rats and anything that lives in groups and are pests, but when they showed the face of a cockroach up close, I was terrified, so every time I see a cockroach or hear the word I can’t stop picturing that face that terrified me. I suddenly imagined it breeding and the thought of my home filled with giant roaches caused me to start screaming and shaking and crying. You can allocate time out of each day using the app. It literally appears to just pop in on the wall like it was Houdini! I’m a 24 male and I’m scared to death by roaches (or any insect that’s able to fly or move fast in an unpredictable manner, like camel crickets). I am female – but also fearless. until I moved to New Mexico. Additionally, humans tend to dislike the thought of insects flying towards us. Even a picture scares the sh*t out of me, during class my teacher was teasing my classmates by putting on a cockroach documentary, my classmates were like ew, but I was sobbing and saying “I don’t like cockroaches, I have a horrible phobia”. But the one thing that I can’t handle other than large open or public spaces are those little demons from hell;more evil than the devil himself. I don’t know what to do. The little ones just give me the creeps. You only have katsaridaphobia if seeing a cockroach triggers intense fear, as characterized above. • Think of Pink Fluffy Unicorns Dancing on Rainbows at night so you’ll dream of unicorns rather than… you-know-what. Hypnotherapy is another effective way of getting over Katsaridaphobia. I dont know if its a phobia or what but roaches really do scare the hell out of me. I am 14 years old and I’m deeply afraid of cockroaches. They may be ‘bigger’, but they look like beetles to me. I have seen it many times over. Have u received and good responses and/or new advice? No biggie. I don’t take threats well and I will go full-on she-Rambo on these things. Anyone know a place where there are NO roaches? Thousands of others face what you are facing every single day. I retreated under my blanket, and even though I was hot and sweaty, I stayed there all night long. If they manage to get on me, I’m pretty sure I’d rather catch myself on fire than grab it and throw it off, just because I hate how they feel. . I am so scared what can I do? I know they can’t hurt me but I’m still scared. It was literally crawling all over my makeup brushes and lipsticks. There is a huge American cockroach in my house right now. I just moved into a really nice apartment on the 2nd floor. While most people find cockroaches unsightly, they may not fear them. Reporter Foti Kallergis says he is afraid of roaches, so it's fitting we found him this morning at the bug house at the Houston Zoo. Currently one is hiding in my room (didn’t get a chance to kill it before it escaped), preventing me from sleeping in the dark. The more I am reading these stories, the worst my neck is getting. According to the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, virtual reality treatments, sometimes paired with traditional behavioral treatments, have been tested as beneficial. Just like with any phobia, you have to … I hate them yuck. I don’t feel safe in my own home. I have recently had a cockroach infestation. I am deeply scared of roaches. So I’m screwed…. The roach was gone, it probably ran away somewhere. It tickled my toes then I cried. I started crying. Someone does care! Hang in there everyone. And I wouldn’t return. I ended up sprinting out of there and into my dads bedroom. It wasn’t even near me in my room either. He called me a weirdo. Sorry for making this really long I just hope someone will understand. I perspire profusely when I see one and it’s like I am frozen and can’t move. I hate to tell you this but I REALLY doubt the cockroach you saw in the bathroom was the same one every time. But I'm terrified of house centipedes. However if I find a nest of them or have one crawl on me all bets are off. I don’t know how or when the fear started, but it’s so intense that I’ve taken drastic measures just to avoid being around them. My sweat was cold. I gradually changed the way I viewed these creatures, tried to see the fascinating and interesting sides they have, their role in our environment, and it dulled the whole fear. 3 small roaches just climbed to my bed! I’m living in northern Scandinavia and never seen a cockroach in my area, as they won’t withstand winters. I just left and spent that night sleeping on a bus/subway. But there were these two mate cockroaches but i accidentally killed its mate i think it was the female cause its bigger. Now I’m paranoid checking the spare room and can’t sleep thinking about it. Well, it felt like a victory to ME. And visiting my family in Sydney can become a nightmare if I spot one of those giant flying american cockroaches or the smaller, scuttling, forever breeding, lighter brown german cockroach. I’m afraid to sleep. Your email address will not be published. I’m in Texas . Helpful. Then, I’ll almost break my neck looking all around. 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