Emetophobia is the fear of being sick. The anxiety that comes with the thought that throwing up would be the worst thing that could happen and must be avoided at all costs. It blights many lives because every activity has to be planned, every meal is thought through and calculated. The mind is consumed with avoiding the disaster of throwing up, even if the event hasn’t happened since childhood!
Other fears such as flying phobia, agoraphobia and eating disorders can often have the fear of being sick at their root. Throwing up seems like the ultimate humiliation and embarrassment, something to be avoided at all costs. Sadly the costs are restricting your life to a miserable degree.
So what’s to do?
Challenging the thoughts and feelings with CBT, learning Mindfulness and getting a decent hypnotherapist in is a good start.
Try this Huffington Post article on the subject.
Or this webpage on my site about the fear
CBT is the first therapy that has been extensively trialled and tested all over the world and has yielded results that look encouraging.
The power of CBT is in its simplicity and accessibility.
CBT has core concepts that most people see as common sense. For instance it sees anxiety as a here and now created feeling caused by a person’s thoughts about themselves and the world. It does not involve a complicated relationship with the past or a mysterious ‘sub conscious’ aspect.
Like most therapies it has an over complicated name.
Cognitive..something to do with thinking or not thinking
Behavioural…something we are doing..or not doing
Basically CBT says, think new thoughts and do different things and you will change how you feel.
Simple? Yes indeed but not always easy.