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Phobia of sheep

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Mcline1215

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Believe it or not I am scared to death of sheep. This is the first time I have ever told anyone aside from my parents or husband. I have been afraid of them since I was a baby according to both of my parents and I can only remember being afraid of them my entire life.

I don't know what caused the onset of this phobia, there wasn't a traumatic sheep incident with me when I was a child, I was basically just born scared I guess. One more thing I might add, this isn't the normal scared, this is heart racing hyperventilating I am dying scared when I see them in real life. My parents tried to break me of my fear my entire life by forcing interactions. I had a complete meltdown at the state fair because they litterally drug me through one of the barns. I really thought I was dying. Since then, my parents haven't forced me to have any other interactions because my reaction to this was so bad, but now I'm also a grown adult.

Is there a way to deal with this?!? I don't even understand why I am like this and I have searched for years looking for an answer to these two questions. Please help if you can!
 
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Are sheep something you can avoid in your life naturally because that is the obvious answer. But if you live in the countryside then I can understand that might not be an option. There is a therapy which gradually immunises you to phobias. They start with a photo of the thing you are afraid of and bring it closer and closer till you can hold it. If you get hyper anxious then they take it back a step. They then build it up to you seeing a sheep in the far distance and so on till you can be closer to one. You need a therapist to do this with you though.
 
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I haven't heard of this before although it does make perfect sense. It is hard for me to stay out of contact because I do live in a rural area. I live in town, but it is a town of agriculture with a population of around 1000. My parents farm, although not sheep, there are still a lot in my area. My phobia has caused problems going to others homes who have herds of sheep before and driving through the areas around me where heards are is very hard as well. I once had a meeting with my FFA instructor and our leaders at her home. She was a sheep farmer which I didn't think would be a problems until I arrived at her drive. There were fences tight to each side of the driveway and as soon as I slowed to enter the driveway heards on both sides of the driveway rushed to the edges of the fence s to see the car. I actually called and asked if she could get them into the barn, but this was impossible because there were several hundred of them. I did manage to get up the driveway but it was the worst thing I think I've ever experienced. They followed my car up the long narrow drive as far as the fence would allow them. I actually waited until she had them in the barn in the evening before I would leave. It was embarrassing as well because I was already late for our meeting due to road construction and then when my group of peers/friends found out about my phobia they made fun of me on a severe level, trying and attempting to take me into the barns and pastures. That day for me was like a living hell that I will never forget.

Is there a specific therapist that should help me with this? I am unsure if there are specialists for phobias. Thank you for your help!
 
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