Emetophobia (Fear of Vomiting)

Emetophobia (Fear of Vomiting)

Emetophobia (fear of vomiting) is surprisingly common.

It is quite complex and is generally accompanied by anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder.

This makes sense as there will usually be a compulsion to hand wash, keep away from anyone that is ill, ensuring your environment is clean and free from germs for fear of getting a bug which could result in vomiting.

Fear of eating chicken is top of the list. Chicken, if undercooked can cause food poisoning. Food poisoning of course results in vomiting.  Checking food labels for use by dates is another factor with this very debilitating phobia.

Like all phobias, apart from fear of falling or loud noises, emetophobia |(fear of vomiting) is not something anyone is born with but rather a learned behaviour which often happens in the early years of life.

Other issues I have come across when working with emetophobics are the need to be in control of all situations.  Of course, when you vomit you have little or no control over the situation so again this makes perfect sense.

Emetophobia (fear of vomiting) is a very debilitating phobia which affects all aspects of life.  Going out socially for a drink with friends becomes problematic. Alcohol could cause vomiting and there is a potential to come across drunk people who might vomit.  Going to a restaurant could also be a problem.  For Women the thought of being pregnant would be a worry due to morning sickness or having to cope with a child throwing up, which of course is par for the course.

Help is  available for Emetophobia (fear of vomiting) and should be sought very early on .  This in itself can be tricky as most people suffering from emetophobia do not like to talk about it.  If you are suffering from this phobia or know someone that is please encourage them to seek help and advice.

Most phobias can be dealt with quickly, often just 1 session using hypnotherapy.

Due to the complexity of emetophobia and the related issues that present alongside it it requires a more in-depth course using hypnotherapy and a variety of different techniques to get to the core issues of the problem and deal with any other side issues that may accompany it.

My experience of working with emetophobia has been quite profound and enlightening.  In most cases 4-6 sessions produce excellent results and allow people to move on and live a full life.

Everyone is different and the symptoms vary greatly in complexity.

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