Ring, ring. Ring, ring.
Oh no, the phone is ringing. I let it go to voicemail.
I have a fear of talking on the phone! Telephonophobia also known as telephone phobia or phone phobia is the fear of taking or making telephone calls.
I avoid calling people and answering the phone. I would prefer an email or text message be sent so that I can respond to it my own timeline. This way I can avoid having a panic attack and keep control of my anxiety. Even as a teenager, I was not a fan of talking on the phone. Go figure, a teenage girl not liking to talk on the phone.
Then and now, I can count on one hand the people I can talk to on the phone without going into a full-blown panic attack.
I do not, I repeat DO NOT take calls from private numbers or unknown number it goes to voicemail. Heck, even if I know the number, I let it go to voicemail. If it’s important, the caller
will need to leave a message.
When I have to make a phone call because my husband is unable to make calls for me because he’s at work the panic creeps up the back of my neck. Hot, sweating panic. What if I have to leave a message? Leaving a message means I need to have my message already thought out beforehand. What if the person or company I am calling does answer? What if I forget what I called for? What if I’m not clear on what I am asking for? What if, what if, what if.
Since my anxiety is a contributor to my phobia. When the phone rings or I have to make a call, anxiety will kick in and the over-thinking starts immediately. What if I cannot get my thoughts ours clearly? What if I get tongue-tied? What if, what if, what if. Lots of what ifs.
My heart is racing. Trembling. Sweating and dry mouth. This is what starts to happen when the phone rings. This is what happens when I must make a phone call. This is my anxiety.
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