First off, I'm not *really* a caregiver. I'm an adult living with my senior parents. My dad is 64 and has been spiraling mentally and physically for the past few years. He has been diagnosed with depression and anxiety(not sure when he was diagnosed).
Last night he admitted a phobia to me that he is terrified of forks being prong-up in the drying rack because he believes he'll be stabbed in the eye.
He says not even my mother knows, and that he's suffered from this fear his whole life. My mom has been married to him for 26 years! Do you think he's been good at hiding the phobia, or that depression has made him need pity and care so he's developed a new phobia?