Gloucestershire Therapy & Hypnotherapy

Emetophobia

A solution for Emetophobia…

Emetophobia, the fear of being sick, although hardly ever heard of, is in fact very common with approximately 3 million sufferers in the UK alone. Often when people consult me for help, they have tried just about everything to rid themselves of this debilitating fear.
Lauren’s emetophobia was so bad that she couldn’t even take her little boy out – in just a few weeks all that has changed…

What makes this different to other phobias? – the sufferer will rarely tell anyone about it.

For a start, sufferers feel very silly and even a little embarrassed about their phobia. Look at the testimonials here and you will read how a young lady finally plucked up the courage to seek her doctor’s advice only to be laughed at, which left her even more embarrassed about her fear. Thankfully she continued to search for help and contacted me. Following some sessions at my practice she is finally able to enjoy her life without constantly worrying about being sick or vomiting.

So if you, or someone you know, is suffering unnecessarily with this phobia – rest assured – there is a solution. Just read on… 

Some interesting facts on Emetophobia…

  1. This is also known as Vomit Phobia, Fear of being sick, Fear of Gagging, Sickness Phobia
  2. Most sufferers are female, in fact only approximately 10% are male.
  3. Sometimes emetophobes are incorrectly diagnosed as being anorexic however their refusal to eat has little to do with losing weight but a lot to do with their fear of being sick.
  4. Sufferers may avoid alcohol, crowds, parties or anywhere where they think they may be sick or encounter someone else vomiting.
  5. Often they worry about hygiene paying great attention to cleanliness and perhaps avoiding work when a colleague has been ill.
  6. Sufferers may avoid becoming pregnant due to the worry of morning sickness
  7. People with emetophobia spend a lot of time worrying about their phobia. Much of their time is spent attempting to control their lives so as to minimise or avoid the risk of being sick or seeing others being sick. Sometimes this will involve not leaving their home as they cannot control what might happen if they do.

What treatment is available for Emetophobia?

There is little research about this phobia and the studies that have been undertaken have mainly had very few participants. Generally emetophobia is considered difficult to treat.

Treatments such as Exposure Therapy are not very helpful as being exposed to vomit is an emetophobe’s worst nightmare. You can imagine the panic and anxiety that would ensue. Although people can be helped by Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) often this treatment has proved ineffective and doesn’t tend to decrease symptoms.

Why is the therapy I use so successful in treating Emetophobia?

During your sessions we address your primary limiting beliefs. We also work on your self esteem, social anxiety and removing subconscious blockages. Knowledge is power and with your newfound knowledge you are then empowered to use the skills and resources I teach you to help you overcome your phobia.

Have a read here about a young lady’s experience of this phobia. She has been suffering from emetophobia for many years.  Her life was limited as she was afraid to drive long distances or on motorways in case she felt sick. Within a few weeks she completely changed her life and even went on to set up her own business, travelling miles to attend business meetings!

The sessions are undertaken in calm confidential surroundings where you will feel relaxed and at ease, free of any fear of being judged.

Now you really can free yourself of your emetophobia. Having helped numerous sufferers I know only too well the effect this debilitating phobia can have.

For more information or to book a complimentary telephone or 1:1 consultation simply give me a call on 01452 750646 or 07765 182127.

I look forward to helping you

Claire

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