Emetophobia is a severe and debilitating fear of vomiting or seeing others be sick. Research shows that it is one of the most common phobias, affecting approximately 8.8% of the population, although few people are aware of the condition.
Emetophobia often has a significant impact on every aspect of a sufferer’s life as they will go to great lengths to avoid anything which could lead to vomiting.
The main symptoms of Emetophobia are as follows:
- excessive cleanliness
- fear of eating outside of one’s home, or eating food one has not prepared
- nausea, stomach cramps, diarrhoea a great deal of the time (due to anxiety)
- fear of taking any prescription medication that may have nausea or vomiting as a listed side-effect
- fear of animals who vomit
- fear of children (as they vomit more often, sometimes without warning, and they are more prone to viruses)
- fear of pregnancy (due to morning sickness)
- fear of anaesthesia (due to vomiting as a side-effect)
- fear of hospitals and nursing homes
- fear of traveling (in case they are motion sick, or someone else is)
- fear of alcohol consumption, or parties where alcohol is consumed
- fear of amusement parks where people may be sick on rides
- fear of television and movies (more and more, vomiting is becoming commonplace in the media)
- fear of psychotherapy (lest it involves exposure therapy they feel they can’t handle)
- fear of a number of jobs, limiting career choices. (Emetophobics also often have difficulty holding down a job, due to the number of sick days they take)
- fear of sick or injured people no matter what they have, as vomiting can be a symptom of every illness.
- fear of public toilets
- fear of others’ coughing, burping, touching their stomachs, looking pale, saying they don’t feel well
- nightmares – particularly about vomiting, but night terrors are common as well
- refusal or inability to actually vomit. Most emetophobics do not vomit at all but for exceptional circumstances.
- anger, frustration and despair at not being understood, believed or supported – especially about the severity of the feelings of terror and horror.
Emetophobia can lead to extremely high levels of stress and anxiety, panic attacks and depression, and is often misdiagnosed by health professionals as OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Generalised Anxiety Disorder or an Eating Disorder. Sufferers often try a number of treatment options, such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Psychotherapy, NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) or alternative therapies with little success.
The Thrive Programme for Emetophobia is specifically designed to help those with a phobia of vomiting to overcome their fear. Through undertaking The Thrive Programme for Emetophobia you will learn new and effective psychological principles, empowering you to live a life completely free of Emetophobia.
After years of suffering from Emetophobia, and subsequently overcoming this massively debilitating fear with The Thrive Programme, I have a personal interest in helping others to achieve the same success.