The NHS and Emetophobia.
Clients who come to me with emetophobia have usually been through the mental health system, have seen numerous specialists and had endless hours of uncomfortable therapy. Unfortunately, main stream services rarely understand the nature and complexity of emetophobia and a lot of clients have found themselves labelled with an eating disorder, food phobia or OCD, in-fact they rarely have a positive story of their experience.
Emetophobia is a fear of being sick yourself and/or others also being sick. It is known by many different names: specific phobia of vomiting (SPOV), vomit phobia, sickness phobia, fear of vomiting and the list goes on. It is associated with other fears and disorders such as phagophobia (fear of gagging, swallowing or choking), a fear of pregnancy, social anxiety and obsessional disorders.
It is believed that about 8% of the population has emetophobia, although many emetophobes prefer to remain secretive about it for fear of judgement, so this figure may well be higher. People with this fear go to great lengths to avoid encountering anything that could lead to vomiting. This can be incredibly restrictive for them, affecting every area of their life. If you’re constantly weighing up danger to the risk of exposure to vomit or vomiting yourself, that’s an incredible amount of energy required and an awful lot of anxiety.
Here’s a rundown of some of the typical symptoms of emetophobia:
Waking in the night scared
Not sleeping well
Avoiding certain foods
Avoiding public toilets
Not eating well or having issues around eating
Checking sell-by dates religiously
Not eating meat
Avoiding pubs and clubs
Not seeing friends as much
Avoiding any TV or films with vomit scenes
Not wanting to have children for fear of morning sickness,
or being unable to deal with sick children if they have them
Avoiding planes and other public transport
Avoiding staying away from home for too long
Not able to go to public places where you feel trapped, eg
middle of cinema with no access to isles
Taking anti-emetic medications to avoid being sick yourself
even when you don’t need to
Wearing anti-nausea acupressure wrist bands
Always having ginger biscuits in the house and mints in your handbag
I realise emetophobia for everyone differs slightly, but I just wanted to show you that I do get it. And not only do I get it, I know The Thrive Programme works for emetophobia.
"Emetophobia is just a limiting belief!"
How I will help you with your emetophobia.
Working with me, you will learn all of the component parts that are involved in creating and maintaining your phobia. Let me teach you all about you, what makes you tick, your limited beliefs and your styles of thinking. Its not about teaching you a bunch of interventions you can apply once your phobia is out of control, this is a reactive approach and whilst helpful, not so empowering. To smash this phobia once and for all, you need to change each of the component parts making it up in the first place (the routes) to prevent it returning.
Currently, I imagine your life is one of constantly fighting fires to get through the day. Let me teach you how to feel more relaxed, empowered, good and not worried about what situation might come up and how you can’t deal with it!
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LET’S GET YOU THRIVING AND SMASH YOUR EMETOPHOBIA
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