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
This is a big one judging my web stats. Try this introduction to how I use Hypnotherapy in my London office to help calm the fear of being sick.
Building your confidence that you can go out without planning or avoiding can make a big difference.
Do let me know if you want more info on how hypnotherapy could help you with your fear or phobia of being sick.
Here is my website.
Or watch on Youtube Fear of being sick
Over the years I have noticed that the fear of being sick has nearly always being the most clicked on page on my website.
Its not a fear that you hear much about but it must be very common judging from the interest.
Fear of being sick is one of the main panic attack symptoms where you think something rather nasty will happen or is happening, but it rarely does happen.
The old fear of the fear is here.
In fact any bodily function can be felt to be nearly happening. Blushing, sweating, heart and breathing problems, needing to pee, or poo,fainting, the list goes on. And any of these potential symptoms feed into the fear of the fear loop.
A mixture of CBT and Hypnotherapy is a good therapy intervention for these fears where the client is invited to imagine being calm and in control.
Give me a ring or email me if you have questions about any of this.
Here is my contact page.