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  1. I have had chronic, pathological blushing since childhood. That is the first time I have ever written those words. I've never said them aloud. Aside from overhearing people say, "Aw, look how red she's getting", my reddening is not something that has ever been discussed or acknowledged by my friends or family. I guess it's the "red elephant" in the room. How have people not asked me about it? How have I not had the courage to bring it up? I have never even had the nerve to research it. I guess I thought that admitting that it happens, even typing the words into a computer, would have been letting it win, making it real. And if I had ever had the courage to talk to my family about it, two things would have happened: 1) I would have blushed (and we all know that we avoid any situations/conversations that make us blush) and 2) they wouldn't have understood. I have never even googled blushing before today. Once I did, I was shocked to learn that there are so many other people who suffer from this condition. And I mean suffer. I felt such relief to know I was not alone. I am going to assume that anyone reading this does not need the bleak, destructive effects of facial blushing on one's life explained. How the fear of blushing is all consuming, or the havoc blushing reeks on one's social and professional life, how infuriating it is having a condition like this because you know you are better than this, more confident that your face it letting on, not embarrassed, not shy, not pathetic, not someone people should feel sorry for. Did I mention, "Aw, look how red she's getting?" I cannot say that any of the websites have helped me understand or explain why I redden when the cashier at the supermarket asks me a question, or when I am called on unexpectedly, or when I run into an acquaintance on the street, or when I think I may have said/done something wrong, or when I have to repeat myself because someone didn't hear me. But now I know there are treatments. I used to wish that I was of a nationality with darker skin so that no one would see the blushing. As a kid I was jealous of my friend with the jet-black skin. In high school I used to wish I was an inanimate object. There were days where I would have traded my life for that of a pencil because pencils don't blush. Crazy, huh? I have considered ridiculous solutions like staying chronically sunburned, or always being "two and a half glasses of wine" tipsy, or pretending to have chronic allergies so that I could cover my face with a tissue at any given moment. If women could grow beards, I would be the Wolfman. I know, I am being too garrulous. It's just that this is my "coming out of the oven" so to say and I'm still shocked that this community exists. I don't know my next move though. Can anyone share any thoughts or recommendations on meds or cognitive/behavioral treatments that may work? Although I would let a doctor come into my house right now and perform ETS on me on my kitchen table with a butter knife (now that I know such a treatment exists), I know it would be more prudent if I try other treatments first. Any feedback would be very much appreciated. Yours in redness, Tomato Face
  2. Hi. I`ve been suffering for facial blushing since 2-3 years ago, I have no idea how it started, in high school i had no problem, I was always in the middle of attention, then in college on my 3rd year i guess, i asked the teacher a question, then a friend of mine said "yo why did you go so red?", then from that moment i developed erythrophobia and it ruined my life, can`t have a girlfriend, can`t have a job, can`t go shopping, didn`t finish college.., can`t go aut with friends.. only thing that helped me not going red in certain situations was alcohol and being in a dark space, like a club or something.. now i found out that meds might work, my fb is activated due to pure social activities, I heard people here going red because of exercising, temperature, food.. that`s not the cause for me, for me it`s only psychological I guess.., there`s a chance to be something physiological because it started 2-3 years ago.. maybe because of smoking Who the hell knows.. Anyway i didn`t try any meds, was thinking about trying eredicane, but for such an unsure product it`s kinda expensive, and I live in a shitty country (Romania, 65$, for an unemployed student it`s a lot). So i was wishing maybe you guys can tell your experiences with different meds, that helped and didn`t.
  3. http://myblushingcure.com/how-did-i-cure-my-blushing/
  4. Hi there! We are a group of clinical psychology master’s student who is involved in a research project looking into fear of blushing (erythrophobia), social anxiety, and interventions that may reduce blushing. We are hoping to find people who have an interest in this topic and would like to participate in the research by completing an on-line survey, which has Murdoch University ethics approval (004/2014). Our professor Dr Peter Drummond from Murdoch University in Perth Western Australia has researched blushing and anxiety for several decades and this is his most recent investigation. We are conducting lab research at the university, following up on his last project (http://media.murdoch.edu.au/new-treatment-to-beat-blushing) and we are also researching underlying psychological reasons that may make someone who blushes more anxious about this than others, with an on-line survey. If you want to find out more about our research you can email the group on BlushingProject@gmail.com or visit us on our Facebook page (Erythrophobia / érythrophobie) and also check-out Professor Peter Drummond’s profile on the university website: http://profiles.murdoch.edu.au/myprofile/peter-drummond/. To do the survey we need you to be over 17 years of age (just because we are only looking at blushing in adults for this study). Adults with erythrophobia, social anxiety, social phobia or adults without any anxieties or fears are invited to participate. In December 2014 we will post an on-line link to our findings. The survey is completely anonymous, will take about 30-40 minutes to complete and can be accessed at this web address: http://scored.murdoch.edu.au/survey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=9231l77 News articles on Professor Drummond’s past research: http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2012/08/22/3572691.htm http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/09/26/gel-could-stop-embarrassing-blushes http://www.rosacea.org/rr/2013/winter/article_4.php
  5. Hi there! My name is Sally and I am a psychology student who is involved in a research project looking into fear of blushing (erythrophobia), social anxiety, and interventions that may reduce blushing. I am posting on this forum to find people who have an interest in this topic and would like to participate in the research by completing an on-line survey, which has Murdoch University ethics approval (004/2014). Our professor Dr Peter Drummond from Murdoch University in Perth Western Australia has researched blushing and anxiety for several decades and this is his most recent investigation. We are conducting lab research at the university, following up on his last project (http://media.murdoch.edu.au/new-treatment-to-beat-blushing) and we are also researching underlying psychological reasons that may make someone who blushes more anxious about this than others, with an on-line survey. If you want to find out more about our research you can email the group on BlushingProject@gmail.com or visit us on our Facebook page (Blushing Project) and also check-out Professor Peter Drummond’s profile on the university website: http://profiles.murdoch.edu.au/myprofile/peter-drummond/. To do the survey we need you to be over 17 years of age (just because we are only looking at blushing in adults for this study). Adults with erythrophobia, social anxiety, social phobia or adults without any anxieties or fears are invited to participate. In December 2014 we will post an on-line link to our findings. The survey is completely anonymous, will take about 30 minutes to complete and can be accessed at this web address: http://scored.murdoch.edu.au/survey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=9231l77 News articles on Professor Drummond’s past research: http://www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2012/08/22/3572691.htm http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2013/09/26/gel-could-stop-embarrassing-blushes http://www.rosacea.org/rr/2013/winter/article_4.php
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