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This sounds stupid but I'm deathly afraid of dogs and canines in general

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Driftwood_Sandcat

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I don't know how or why I have this phobia. I had a dog growing up and I loved him. The phobia only developed after he died. I get panic attacks thinking about dogs and every time the dog next door barks I feel weak. I see that most people love dogs but I can't be near them or I'll have a bad panic attack
 
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bpd2020

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It does not sound stupid at all. Phobias are out of our control and we cannot help having them. I am sorry your fear of dogs is causing you distress. I know some people have overcome phobias by having therapy. Maybe that is something you could consider.
 
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Mal84

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Not stupid at all. No phobias are stupid, we can’t control them.

I’ve heard that for phobias some people do CBT work to help. Other therapies are available as well :)
 
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