Now this is a topic very close to me but strangely this page has taken me the longest to complete.
Where to start? Most of you who have found yourself on this page will know exactly what emetophobia is and you certainly don’t need me to explain what it is to you. You probably also know that I suffered myself for 20 years. For lots of details on this phobia and how Thrive will help please visit Rob’s website. http://www.emetophobia.co.uk
This is just a bit about my personal experiences and a little on the phobia itself.
So for those of you who do not know, emetophobia is a fear of vomiting.
Emetophobia, the fear of vomiting, is widespread; it is one of the most common phobias for which people consult us at the Thrive Programme Consultants.
Here is Rob explaining a little.
The first video i think is very relevant. Its very true, please watch this video.
He has a point…. online stalking, not believe we are really cured! I still have this now!
Emetophobia is known by many names (emetophobia, specific phobia of vomiting (SPOV), vomit phobia, sickness phobia, fear of vomiting…) and is associated with other fears and disorders, such as phagophobia (a fear of gagging, swallowing or choking), a fear of pregnancy, social anxiety and obsessional disorders. People can fear vomiting themselves and/or others vomiting. Most individuals with emetophobia are female, with research studies revealing that 85-97% of their emetophobic participants are women (Hout & Bouman, 2011; Lipsitz et al., 2001; Veale & Lambrou, 2006).
Emetophobia tends to be a severe symptom and often significantly affects sufferers’ ability to lead normal lives. People with this fear often go to great lengths to avoid encountering anything that could lead to vomiting. They may, for example, be teetotal or heavily limit their alcohol consumption and avoid pubs or clubs where others may drink heavily and then vomit. They may worry a great deal about hygiene, and be fussy about making sure everywhere is clean. They may take excessive time off work or school because they worry about being exposed to germs that will cause them to be sick.
It is also common for emetophobes to be very careful about food preparation, taking excessive care to check use by dates and to ensure that food is cooked properly. Many sufferers avoid dining out or eating food that has been prepared by others. Tocophobia, the fear or phobia of being or becoming pregnant, is another common problem for emetophobia sufferers, mainly to the worries about the morning sickness. As a result, many avoid becoming pregnant or terminate a pregnancy. Those who do have children can become consumed by worry about them being ill. They may feel completely unable to look after their children when they are unwell.
Many sufferers of emetophobia have unsuccessfully tried a range of treatments Veale and Lambrou (2006), for example, found that twenty-nine percent of their sample of vomit phobics had received some form of therapy for their fear, which overall they rated as largely ineffective. Veale and Lambrou (2006, p. 139) have stated that “clinicians generally regard it as challenging to treat because of high drop out or a poor response to treatment.”
To read our research associated with Emetophobia please visit the official cure your emetophobia and thrive website http://www.emetophobia.co.uk
Below are a couple of my videos explaining about my experiences, these will be weekly updated on youtube @comethrivewithemma please subscribe to see them.
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