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‘True Life’ Check-In: Have Antonio And Andrea Conquered Their Phobias?

One couldn't bring himself to use public restrooms, while the other was uncommonly afraid of pigeons.

MTV’s latest “True Life” explored the stories of two young adults battling strange phobias. We had an opportunity to check in with both to find out if they’ve conquered their fears since filming wrapped. Take a look at the follow-up Q&As below:

Antonio True Life Courtesy Antonio

ANTONIO
Have you been able to use the facilities at more places since filming wrapped?
I’ve been more easygoing with the use of public facilities. I’ve made myself more comfortable at work and most places I frequent. However, gas stations, hospitals and dive bars are a challenge. Port-A-Potties aren’t happening.

How are things between you and your mom?

Things with my mom are great. We’re seeing more eye-to-eye on everything and understand each other better. Mom is recognizing me as an adult and giving me more space.

Has therapy been effective in helping you move forward?

Therapy has been good in the sense that it’s nice to get things off my chest and have someone to guide me on ways to face my fears. I’d say it has helped me move forward in many ways. I don’t take meds anymore to bind my system; I take one pill to keep my anxiety at bay, and my cleaning kit is now only hospital sanitizing wipes.

What’s next for you?

Completing school and pursuing my goals of being in the arts, like acting or television. I also want to put myself out there more. I’d like to be more outgoing and do more of what I love since this phobia has held me back in the past.

Do you think you’ll ever completely get over your phobia?

I don’t think I’ll ever completely escape this phobia, but…I’ve made huge improvements. It’s only going to get better, and I’ll reach a point where I’ll be able to go anywhere. However, the anxiety and uneasiness will always be in the back of my mind.

image Courtesy Andrea

ANDREA
How has life been since filming?
Things have been going very well for me. I am noticing that this phobia is interfering less with my daily life, and to me, that is such an incredible feeling. Knowing that I’m no longer allowing this phobia to control me and every aspect of my life, I feel limitless. The world is my oyster.

Are you still afraid of pigeons?
I still do feel some discomfort whenever there are pigeons around. However, it is no in way as extreme as it was before. I’ve had absolutely no panic attacks, and I don’t get awful anxiety like I used to. I see them as innocent creatures that are just living their lives, not out to cause harm or scare anyone.

It seems like the hypnosis really worked! Were you surprised?

I was astonished at just how successful the hypnosis session worked for me. I had no idea that it would make such a significant difference. I believe that is exactly what I needed to jumpstart my mission to rid myself of this phobia. Ever since then, I have been able to control my physical reactions whenever I encounter pigeons. Before, that was impossible. I would highly recommend hypnosis to anyone struggling with a phobia or anxiety.

What’s next for you?
I have many things coming up this year: graduating college, starting graduate school and perhaps traveling abroad. I now feel that I can fully embrace being a young adult and look forward to the start of a new chapter in my life.

Do you think you’ll ever completely get over your phobia?
At the rate I’m going, I definitely believe that I can overcome this phobia for good. I can’t project exactly when that will happen, but it will someday.