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by Ken Goodman, LCSW
Fear of vomiting emetophobia

Just announced! How to Free Yourself from the Fear of Vomit and Reclaim Your Life: A Healing Journey Shared by Therapist and Patient - Live Free Webinar - February 25 - 1:00 pm EST. 

The fear of vomiting can become so all-consuming and terrifying that eating becomes a struggle and weight loss becomes dangerous. As sufferers try to protect themselves from throwing up, their world shrinks until it becomes impossible to work, go to school, or to socialize. This was Kay prior to treatment. In this live free webinar, Ken Goodman, author of The Emetophobia Manual, interviews Kay, one of his former patients. Together they discuss her remarkable healing journey and how she freed herself from the fear of vomit and reclaimed her life. This webinar will be presented live giving viewers a chance to be a part of the conversation with plenty of time to ask questions of both guests. This is a unique opportunity to hear from the perspective of a therapist and a patient as you learn the key components to change and success. The webinar is the second of a two-part series and it is recommended that you watch part one prior to watching part two. 

If you have a fear of vomiting, just reading the title of this article might make you a bit queasy. The mere mention of the "V word" might send you into a state of anxiety. If you can relate, I encourage you to press on despite your worry, so you can take the first steps to overcoming it.

Emetophobia?

No one enjoys vomiting and everyone thinks it’s disgusting, but most people are not afraid of it. But if you suffer with this type of phobia (specifically known as emetophobia), you are not only repulsed by the idea of vomiting, you fear it. Many people say that the anticipation of vomiting is often worse than the act itself.

And because you don’t know when it will happen, you are constantly on guard, rearranging your life to ward off any possibility of puking.

What Causes Nausea?

Stomach discomfort and nausea can be caused by motion sickness, a stomach bug, food poisoning, excessive eating or drinking, food intolerance and…anxiety!

That’s right. Anxiety and worry can cause stomach discomfort and nausea. And if you don't vomit when you’re anxious…you won’t!

Treatment Works

Treating vomit phobia is best accomplished through cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and exposure and response prevention (ERP). Treatment involves correcting faulty beliefs, reducing avoidance, and confronting challenging situations step-by-step. You are given tools, a new perspective, a winning mindset, and a strategy for facing your fears. Your motivation for ending your suffering is important because the therapy does take time, hard work, and courage. You must have self-discipline and determination to win. And if you do…you can beat emetophobia!

Just announced! How to Free Yourself from the Fear of Vomit and Reclaim Your Life: A Healing Journey Shared by Therapist and Patient - Live Free Webinar - February 25 - 1:00 pm EST. 

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Ken Goodman, LCSW, treats anxiety and OCD in Los Angeles. He is the author of The Anxiety Solution Series: Your Guide to Overcoming Panic, Worry, Compulsions and Fear, A Step-by-Step Self-help Audio Program, Break Free from Anxiety, a coloring, self-help book for anxiety sufferers, and the Emetophobia Manual, for those who suffer with the fear of vomit.  Ken Goodman is an ADAA board member and Clinical Fellow. Visit Ken's website.

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    i definitely have this fear. there is no doubt in my mind that i don't, as it's been apart of me for almost my entire life.
    i have reason to believe it's PTSD-related, too. that sounds silly, i know, but in 2009, during the H1N1 pandemic, i came down with the illness and was incredibly ill for a week or so.
    ever since, i've been incredibly afraid to gag, choke, or throw up. even the idea of being slightly nauseated stresses me out and can even lead me to have an anxiety attack.
    this fear prohibits me from doing so much; eating from restaurants, spending the night away from home, straying too far from a bathroom or garbage can, and even being in the same room as someone who may have been sick within the past few days.
    i'm not sure what type of treatment i should seek. if anyone has any suggestions, i'd greatly appreciate it. getting information from those who experience the same issues would be excellent, as well. thank you for your time.

    I always feel so bad sometimes and I have panic attacks some times hoping to god I don’t get sick but like rn right at this very moment I keep shaking uncontrollably in my bed feeling nauseous on and off it comes and then goes away but this happened to me once as a kid in like 4th grade I got into a small fight with my mom in the morning and I walked into class late and was shaking uncontrollably and then I went to the nurse and she gave me a blanket and I feel asleep and once I woke up I puked and my mom got me and took me home and I stayed home and felt horrible and I feel like that’s why I’m so scared bcs I keep shaking right now and I’m dwelling on the past bcs of it and I’m scared what happened in the past is going to happen again

    I am trying to figure out how to overcome some on my anxiety symptoms.. often times when I have an anxiety issue it feels like something is sitting in my throat and the though if eating or drinking makes me think I will throw up. Socially I cannot eat out some of the time because I will have Thoughts that I will be sick and then that feeling rushes forward. It’s like a trigger effect because I then start to think the what if’s. Please help!

    I’ve been suffering from this phobia for the past 7 years and just 2 years ago the fear got to me and I felt anxious all the time I got anxiety, I would constantly feel anxious when I’m alone .Somedays I would cry and wish this fear was over because I feel as if this fear is consuming my life and I don’t know how to stop it, even doing daily activities makes me anxious...I’m more sad than I am happy.Please help?

    currently going through the same situation :/ i’ve been feeling sick all day, fever, chills, diarrhea and i feel so nauseous and like i’m going to puke. it’s 12:30am and i have a job interview at 8am tomorrow and i don’t even think i’ll be able to go because i’m so scared i’ll get sick. my boyfriend is sleeping and i’m sitting here shaking and crying. i’ve had this phobia since the first time i can remember getting the stomach flu at age 6. this ruins my life and i can’t ever really go out with friends and do normal things women my age would. no one understands and if you feel similar and want to talk, my snapchat is sara.miw

    Hey, i’m 13 and i have this phobia very serious, once my classmate said he felt like he was going to vomit, after this i was shaking and sweating, eventually i had to ask the teacher if i could stand outside, i’m even scared of the emojis, “??”

    I have a HUGE fear when it comes to people throwing up!!!!!! And I mean huge!!!! I always feel like never going to school!!!!!! But I read the bible a lot and that helps! I also see councilers!

    I also shake, sweat, and cry! I hate this feeling a lot! Even if a classmate says I don't feel good I freak out!

    Could someone share their story on how them vom.. actually made them get over the fear?

    I feel like I have the highest form of this. I have a hard time getting out of bed if I’m nauseous because I’m too afraid to throw up. If I feel I’ll I will refrain from speaking because I’m worried if I talk I might throw up. I don’t ever let myself eat until I’m full because when I am full I feel sick and I don’t want to throw up. I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t go to amusement parks or fairs. I don’t even eat out at restaurants or go shopping because I don’t want to get sick somewhere too far away from home. If someone doesn’t feel good I leave their presence as fast as possible, and if I feel sick no matter where I am I will go home immediately. I’m so malnourished and underweight that I’m worried I’m no longer healthy. I wish I knew how to fix this so I could live a normal life like everyone else. I just want to be able to go out with my boyfriend to a nice dinner and finish my meal and feel full and satisfied and not worry about vomit.

    Ever since seeing a kid puke on the bus I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it when will I puke? What happens if I do? It’s gotten so bad that whenever my family is sick I’ll stay away from them and I wash my hands like crazy. Even keeps me from going to school afraid someone will get sick. My family thinks I’m crazy and make fun of me for being scared and they don’t realize how much it actually effects me. Reading some of these comments helped me realized I’m not the only one

    I'm okay with a lot of things, but vomit isn't one of them. I can't stand the sight or the urge. My dog just threw up as I'm writing this and I can't clean it up, my arms got so weak they started hurting. I can tolerate the word, just the thought and feeling, or even seeing it makes me anxious.

    I think I have this fear because I was sick a lot as a child and I remember the pain in my chest, not being able to breathe and the tears in my eyes. I think my fear got worse with having the stomach flu 4 years ago. I avoid certain foods and over eating because I can still remember the urge and feeling of needing to vomit. I think I should let my psychiatrist know about this, since it's a cause of my anxiety.

    I have this phobia, too! I'm mostly patrified of catching a stomach bug. It started when I was in school and had a lot of these horrible bugs and other stomach issues. Once I had to throw up on the school bus and then in the class room. Ever since I get internal panick attacks just when someone says "my stomach hurts" or someone's stomach makes weird sounds. When I was in school and knew someone threw up or was at home because of a stomach issue, I pretended to have a horrible headache just so I could stay home and be "safe" and far away from a potential virus. I even avoided people who were ill for several days. I also can't eat certains foods anymore because they are not "safe" in my opinion. I don't even want to have children because the thought of morning sickness makes me sick, and also because children seem to catch stomach bugs all the time.

    As much as it feels good to know there are people out there with the same phobia as me, it makes me sad because I know how consuming this fear actually is. I’ve tried so hard to come to terms with the idea of getting sick or others around me being sick but I just can’t. I’ve found that breathing exercises sometimes help and walking around outside in the cold. But most of the time I feel helpless and like I’m all out of options for coping mechanisms.

    I have always hated being sick and its my second biggest fears orher than heights but tbh i think id rather be high up that feeling sick or being sick but most of the time when i feel sick i am either tired or i just have been exorcising too much at a late time while drinking at the same time as exorcising so normally i just rest my head and take little sips of water but also you may be hungry and therefore feeling sick so you sometimes just have to put all your rggs in one basket and eat something little to see if that was your problem otherwise there is nothing that you can do other that let it out it mat be horrible for like 2-3 mins but after that you will most likely feel better

    This one time I felt like I started to puke but I held it in and ran to the bathroom but before I could reach the toilet it started shooting from nose like a fucking assult rifle. I have been in multiple fight, but the pain of puke shooting out of your nose it 10 times worse and since then I've feared for my life whenever I felt I had to throw up.

    I am absolutely positively terrified of vomiting. It’s not even the act of vomiting it’s everything surrounding it. The word, the smell, the anticipation, the feeling, the taste. EVERYTHING. I’m 13 years old, and I don’t really ever remember vomiting affecting me very much until I turned 11. My oldest sister has always suffered from this phobia and I remember thinking that she was crazy. She couldn’t listen to people vomiting, see people or even hear the word. Any time she would feel sick she would go into a full blown panic attack, she’d chug herbal tea and Pepto-Bismol and she wouldn’t sleep. I used to always wonder why she “overreacted” but now I totally understand. I don’t really know what triggered my fear but I CANNOT stand vomiting. It’s flu season right now and any time anyone in my class says they feel sick I will not talk to them for the rest of the day. If someone in my class or home was recently sick I will frequently apply hand sanitizer or wash my hands. I’m very cautious of expiration dates and certain meats or fish. I won’t eat sushi and I have to constantly ask “mom is my burger cooked all the way through.” It’s horrible, and I wish I could just see vomiting like everyone else but instead I will go into full panic mode when throwing up is even mentioned. I’m terrified of eating at new restaurants, I’m terrified of having kids due to morning sickness, I will never ever have more than one sip of alcohol because I’m afraid I will throw up. Here are a few examples, one time last year my brother woke me up because I heard him throw up, I was petrified I plugged my ears and started balling my eyes out, I grabbed my computer and put headphones in at full blast and sat there wide awake panicking until the next morning. Another example is that I was on vacation with my mom and we were on a boat. Now I was already scared of myself getting sea sick (this was my first time on a boat) but instead my mom (who has been on a boat 1mil times) was practically throwing up her organs. As soon as she said she didn’t feel well I was already on the verge of crying I was deep breathing and trying not to literally jump off the boat and feed myself to the sharks (because that was more logical to me than sitting there with my mom) I don’t know, I just really want to to learn how to cope with this and I just want to be okay with throwing up... because it’s natural.

    i have had emetaphobia ever since i can remember. i’m 16 years old, and whenever i have the slight feeling of nausea, or start to feel ill i start to shake and cry. it’s terrifying just even thinking about it.

    my sister often eats out and sometimes gets food poisoned. obviously when she starts to throw up i start to panic and think: “what if i throw up? what if i vomit too?” it is especially bad when we eat the same food. i can’t help but feel scared.

    my parents always say: “no one likes throwing up,” and yes, i know that. but not everyone fears it. i really hope one day i’m not scared anymore. it’s such a horrible feeling.

    and to anyone somehow reading this comment, just know i know EXACTLY how you feel. but i hope we can both get through this. who knows? maybe one day you may have the urge and just comfortably rid of the poisons in your system and be completely fine. i hope we both reach that point some day.

    It’s starting to impact my whole life , I can’t even get a little bit of a burb or watering in my mouth without bursting into a state of panic, I think it might be getting to the point I can’t get away

    I'm so, so afraid of puking. Not myself puking, other people puking. Even when someone I really love, like my mom, dad, or brother, is throwing up, I bolt away and lock myself in my room. If I can't "escape", I'll have a full-fledged panic attack, crying, hiding, and panicking. Whenever I see throw-up, I have a panic attack, too. I'm also deathly afraid of airport bathrooms, aeroplanes and aeroplane bathrooms

    I'm glad that this is something that doesn't happen only to me, not that I mean it is good to have it , I'm just saying that It happens to other people who have similar experiences. This phobia has haunted me for my whole life. I would feel very anxious when I felt nauseated and it would be worse than actually vomiting. I wish that I didn't have this bad of a fear of vomiting, and I'm only writing this because I recently had this feeling, so I went snooping around on the internet and decided to write this, and my experience. I hope you guys are doing well.

    I was hanging out with my girlfriend alll day yesterday, saliva was swapped many many times.... but now she is at home (today) and she is throwing up and has been allllll day so my hope is that imma be a o kay and nothing is gonna happen to me and i wont get it but not jinxessss ( yes this is my biggest fear it is terrible and im 17)

    I once had a super bad experience when I was younger that occurred in a public place. For about 17 years after that, it’s never bothered me, but lately my brain will just keep replaying that traumatic event, giving me anxiety, which in turn makes me feel kinda sick, which ends up causing even more anxiety. This phobia absolutely rules my life, it’s so terrible.

    Hello. I´m pretty young(15) and I have a fear of vomiting. Usually, the anxiety about getting sick lasts all night. Nothing really helps or calms me. Anyone have suggestions I can try?

    I always thought I was just a wimp when it comes to throw up. Ever since the last time I threw up which was maybe 10+years ago I’ve had really bad anxiety with anything that makes me feel nauseous and recently I was feeling sick and only ended up gagging but the moments before were so scary. I’m finally more comfortable with hearing someone else vomiting but I keep telling myself there’s no way I can get pregnant because if I even feel slightly nauseous I’m scared to go anywhere without a toilet within reach and sadly with pregnancy I know that there isn’t exactly the relief feeling afterwards and it comes unexpectedly but there’s still the constant nausea. Is there any advice for this?

    Hi. I’m 15 and I’ve had a fear of vomiting ever since I was 6 years old. Any slight nausea sends me into a panic where I’m crying and shaking and end up making myself more nauseous from the fear. I don’t know what to do and it’s taking over my life. It’s so scary. I need help to calm down so I was wondering if anyone had any tips they could share on how to calm down during this time

    Hey I’m Jolie I was still to this day I am 11 years old and I think I actually have emetophobia.On the day of school last year in 4 grade we were at the end of the day at school but when I was in social studies class the boy beside me puke all over his desk was I was feeling I don’t know how to feel like I was disgusted in horror I wish I didn’t see it that one person I hated all my life the annoying kid I was feeling I want to leave this school now but thanks my teacher who tell every kid in the class to get out that are near it.Now this year in December on Friday I was eating when I got home to school a lot but I didn’t know why but around the time at 9 or 8 I was saying to my mom that I hate this a lot of times and my body wasn’t used to sitting down I only Stan up the whole time and puking more than 7 times maybe and now to this day I’m still aware of my Surroundings if someone is going to puke or look like they are and on the day I remember the shirts I was wearing on that day of December and I got a feeling of I don’t want to see the shirt I have puke in and yes I did poop my pants while puking and I guess on that day I have a flu or yes I have eat to much also last year in 4 grade I did remember feeling hotness on my stomach and when I was about to eat my lucky charm cereal I was very near to the kitchen sink and I puke and I was not really like I am dying but this year I was because it gotten worst but I was fine I think I when back to school I was fine even this year I was fine when I went sleep because I was done puking I gotten tired from fatigue and my mom go take me the next day to the doctor to get my flu shot or something but on that day I had a strep throat and how I talk I sound raspy which i didn’t mind.But when I grow up I don’t want to be at parties like drink because For me I don’t like to vomit or puke nether way u say and all the time when I wake up I always hear stuff in my head of do not eat any foods that will make u sick like the combination of the food that u digest.When I feel sick or nauseated I’ll text my mom that I feel some type of way and she will tell me stuff but I’ll get my anxiety over think about it and if was going on like this for awhile at some days and I’ll look up to how to make yourself feel better and I’ll be in the bathroom sitting in the toilet putting on music so I can make myself calm and some reason I’ll tear up a little bit and I’ll dry me tears up or I’ll get in the shower when my mom is home sleeping and my sister will be at her work but that’s it for now I hope y’all know now but have a good day.

    I’ve suffered from this phobia since kindergarten. When it began, I feared others getting sick, but not myself. If I heard someone mention that they didn’t feel well, I would physically bolt from the room. As I got older, I still feared others getting sick, but also myself. The anxiety this caused was so bad that I felt nauseous nearly everyday. I find that reading things like this that teach me about the phobia as well as the biology behind vomiting soothe me a lot, to the point that they sometimes help stop the anxiety and panic that causes me to feel so ill in the first place. I rarely get physically ill, so I’ve learned to trust that my body does not react that way unless it is absolutely necessary.

    I have this phobia and I absolutely hate it, I don’t do a lot of things because I’m scared of throwing up and I feel like I’m missing out on stuff or that I’m a boring friend because I won’t go on rollercoasters or long car rides or anything like that and I’m embarrassed about it so I don’t really open up and tell my friends because I’m scared they won’t be my friend anymore and i know it won’t hurt me and I’ll feel better afterwards but i still panic if I fell like I’m going to vomit and I hate the anticipation and just kinda wish it would just come out so I can get it over with 😣

    Don't worry about your friends open up to them because if they don't accept you for what is a mental illness then they aren't your friends just ask yourself do you want to have friends who don't like you for you

    I’m lying awake now feeling queezy and have been all night, and of course my anxiety is through the roof because of my phobia. I’m afraid to sleep, I keep having to get up and walk around the house a bit just to calm down, but then as soon as I get in bed thinking I’m feeling “better” the nausea starts and I have to get up again... reading all these comments/replies feels like I specifically wrote them myself.. I can’t believe that there’s so many people that actually understand what I’m going though.

    i feel all of you on every level possible. i suffer with this phobia every second of every day. it truly ruins my life and i am sick and tired of it. im sitting on the bathroom floor rolled in a ball because i am so scared right now. please reach out to me, we can make a chat and talk stuff out:) snapchat- abbyisland

    I’ve had this fear since I can remember & never threw up as a kid or teen because I could control it well. Unfortunately, my parents realised my fear as a child & intensified it by gagging & faking the whole process.. it always sent me into a panic attack.
    But in the last two years, I’ve had a few stomach bugs which have resulted in me being sick. At first I had to cover my ears & eyes to be able & it took a while before I could take my hands off my ears. I’m now pregnant & struggled with morning sickness every day throughout the first trimester & I was able to open my eyes if needed & let it happen. I think it’s also better because I’m silent when sick.
    I still absolutely can not deal with anyone else though, I am trying to be better. My fear now only applies to when others are sick or tell me they feel unwell. Still have panic attacks & it frustrates me.
    So glad to know I’m not the only one struggling to deal with this.
    I’ll overcome this one day.. hopefully :c

    When I first read this I immediately felt better knowing this was a really thing. That I’m not crazy for being afraid of vomit. When I was in kindergarten I got the stomach bug at school and everyone laughed at me when I threw up. I remember always being a little afraid of vomit but as soon as I became an adult around age 21/22 my fear took over my life. All the sudden I was always surrounded by it. On a road trip my mom got sick in the car, on a girls trip my roommate got sea sick, at college all the hungover people, and I stared student teaching in first grade where it seemed someone puked every week. On the outside I look brave when it happens. I’m not a great person to be around when you’re sick because I won’t touch you but I don’t run away screaming or crying. You would think after a year of all that vomit that I would be over my fear but it became even worse. Those experiences scared me even more. They ruled my life. I called in sick most days of student teaching and if I did go to school I was nauseous all day and wouldn’t eat. I even started re considering my career. One where I could work from home. My fear of vomit tuned into a fear of almost everything. Road trips, trips, school, the car, being out, alcohol, teaching, rides, bars, doctors office... and more. I’m proud to say that I’m now a first grade teacher and I don’t let this fear rule my life but I still fill with the fear each day

    So when I was younger I was on a car journey to a holiday and I ate too much and 'suffered the consequences' if that makes sense. Ever since that I have been worried it would happen again and managed to avoid this fear however by not eating anything before a 3 ish hour journey on holiday and it worked until last year when my dog was shaken around a lot in the car and she 'suffered the consequences' and that triggered my very first panic attack whilst I was in the car and I very suddenly felt tense and 'unwell' and since then I have been suffering with anxiety because of this and hate the idea of travelling on holiday at all to the point where I ha e to choose between going on holiday with my family or letting my family take the dog on holiday without me. Does anyone have any tips?

    Anything is welcome please just try and help me. Thank you

    I’m 18 and I’ve had a fear of throwing up since I was pretty young. The last time I have thrown up was when I was in 3rd grade and I just graduated high school. Although I’ve had some pretty bad panic attacks that have led me to being on the brink of vomiting. I’m scared to go pretty much anywhere with crowds or areas where it’s likely someone will vomit. When my boyfriend throws up I’m scared to get close to him for days. He isn’t scared of it like I am so he tries to calm me down when I feel like this. The thing is is that I feel like I only sike myself out and the worst thing about this is probably just being Scared before it happens and I don’t want to put myself through that fear twice if I do end up throwing up. I ate some food last night that I think might be making me sick and I am beyond paranoid and that’s why I’m obsessively looking stuff up right now because I’ve never had food poisoning, I don’t want to, and now I’m scared to eat anything after this That could potentially be contaminated. I need to prevent this better but I would like to get over my fear. I have thought about literally dying or killing myself so that I Dont puke And I know it Isn’t right. I don’t want exposure therapy either though that would be traumatizing.

    I am 14 at the moment and I think I have a huge fear of throwing up. If I see vomit then I will feel sick if I even see the word vomit it will make me feel a little sick. Every time I feel as if I am about to throw up I start to panic and cry and I have to go to my mom (she has always been with me if I throw up). The only time I didn’t cry was when I was on a boat a couple of years ago and I never really get travel sick like ever but that time I just was sick and I got all shaky. Today I have had a bit too much too drink and I have an upset stomach and I’m really scared that I’m going to wake up in the night and throw up. The last time I did was around 3 months ago and I’m really scared. Wish me luck!

    Surprisingly, I'm 15. I started having intense anxiety attacks over fear of throwing up. Strangely, it would only happen in the evening/night. Once the evening would come, I'd either start to worry about being alone and dealing with the anxiety, or dealing with vomiting. Or it would just start up randomly. I still have it and I'm looking into getting over it. Strange enough, though. It doesn't bother me to see my dog vomit, r to read/hear the word. But if a human gets sick, I have to stay far away (Which I think is true for most) But I understand and feel for all of you. We can get through this!

    Anywhere I go if I hear someone cough Till they gag my heart drops N start having a anxiety attack sometimes I can’t breath or can but if I can I’ll start breath fast n I cover my ears N Sing 2days ago my friend came to my house n stayed over n She started chocking on. A noddle she started coughing her face was red she told to get water but I was to scared I ran to my room n locked the door cz didn’t want her to come near me n sat on the floor n cover my eyes I just can’t It’s my biggest fear

    its like if someone says they feel sick i move away from them and if it happens at my house i disinfect my whole house and if i feelthe temtatiom to vomit i freak out and dig skin off my fingers and toes ahhhh someone help!

    I'm 20 and I've had emetophobia for as long as I can remember. I get scared to eat sometimes. Mine usually hits worse at night time. I shake. I get into a cold sweat I get very nauseous but never puke. I try to breathe deep and eventually it'll end but I'm so tired of dealing with this fear. I hate it.

    Every time I start to feel like I’m going to throw up I start getting shaky and my heart starts pounding and I start sweating really bad and once I do throw up I don’t get it out all at once in between throwing up every time I start to hyperventilate and can’t breath and start walking back and forth with something in my hand fanning myself for air I was never like that growing up it all started when I got pregnant with my son and since then I’ve always been that way and I’m currently 6 weeks pregnant right now and honestly it’s the only thing that’s making me not want to be pregnant cause the throwing up I just can’t handle it and I can’t stand to be alone while throwing up but i know no one is going to want to stand next to me while I throw up and most the time I will go outside to throw up so I don’t feel as claustrophobic claustrophobic

    Ever since I can remember I had a fear of being sick. When I was a little girl, I would always wake up through the night feeling sick, shaking and sweating and would scream for my mum and I always needed her if I was sick. This is what started the fear. 2010 was the last I was sick. Then last year in 2019, where I had almost gotten over the fear because I had gone 9 years without being sick, I was always able to convince myself id never be sick. I was on a date with my boyfriend at the time at the cinema, where I started to feel very hot (sick also but convinced myself im never sick), it got to the stage were the sweat was dripping down my face and I had a panic attack, so went outside for fresh air. As I opened the door of the cinema screen I started to gag which does happen to me when I have a panic attack, so I just thought I was panicking go headed out the shopping centre for the doors outside. Just at that I started to projectile vomiting all over the lobby of the cinema, this causing me to panic more so I ran outside.
    I phoned my mum straight after it happened and actually laughed as I was so shocked from what had just happened. The fact I was on a date, was then covered in sick, has brought the fear back worse than ever before.
    I now can’t go out for dinner without having a panic attack, I always sleep with a bucket next to me as I panic, I panic at the thought of sleeping at my boyfriends house. It is well and truly taking over my life. The whole vomiting actually wasn’t as bad as I thought, it is more now the thought and the fact last year I had no warning, I had absolutely no idea I was going to be sick. So now I am terrified I dont make it to the toilet.
    When ever I go out to the shopping, dinner, anything I alway plan what I would do if I was going to be sick. I look for the nearest toilet, I take bags with me just to put my mind at ease. I will do anything to sort it.
    I would appreciate any support or help possible.

    I'm not so sure if I have a phobia or not. But whenever I get the feeling I'm going to throw up I feel scared that I'm going to. Like I don't want to and I'm scared too. Do I have a phobia or I'm just scared of throwing up?

    emetophobia really messes everything up for me. a few months ago, i couldnt sleep at all ‘cause i kept on panicking over fearing that from the nausea i was feeling, i would throw up, for 2 weeks every single night. one night even my mom came in my room to calm me down, i was shaking, trembling and breathing batshit crazy, over just simple nausea.
    it has gotten better, but im still very scared. i used to think, that i throw up my food, so if i dont eat...i wont throw up. yeah, i completely fucked up my body and hormones, dont starve yourself. but physical activity has been a big fear aswell. i think that if i eat less than 3 hours before some sort of exercise, my body will eliminate food through my mouth. im still really scared of gym class, since school is starting, in the first week we dont know the classes order, so i dont know when and what to eat.
    i hate this so much.

    The “V” word or anything about it stresses me to a different level i start to get very anxious. It’s usually when someone else is sick and vomits. The sound effects make my heart feel like it’s about to explode and it gets hard to breath. I wouldn’t say i’m afraid of me vomiting it’s more of others around me having to. I automatically have to get away from them and plug headphones in because if not i start to believe i can’t breath and if i don’t get out of there my heart will burn and i won’t be able to breath. Even if a close friend is sick and needs my help it doesn’t matter because i just CAN NOT help them without having a huge panic.

    What you are describing is exactly how I was. If my kids were sick or told me they were going to be, I would block my living room door with my sofa and I would either turn my tv up or put headphones on, so I couldn’t hear anything. It was terrible

    The fear of getting sick has consumed my life pretty much since I can remember. When I was a kid, every single night I would feel nauseous before I went to bed, and because of this I would always wake up my parents and ask them to fix it. I found out much later in life that my nausea was because of my anxiety, but at the time they put me through treatments and tests that lasted years to make me feel better. After awhile, I would stop complaining about my stomach hurting, because my parents thought I was making it up and bothering them for no reason. I’m now 18 and in my first year of college. I don’t drink for fear of getting sick, if my stomach starts to hurt at all I will stay up in my room’s common area, where the bathroom is, in case I get sick. I’ve also developed an attachment to a heat pack that I usually use for period cramps, which I’m convinced eases my stomach pain. My best advice to those who are struggling with this, especially coupled with general anxiety, is to distract yourself with something you enjoy. I’m a film major, so I’ll usually watch a comforting movie, and maybe do some homework. I personally don’t like talking to anyone else about how I’m feeling while I’m feeling sick, but that might help too. Also, it always helps to find people who are also afraid of getting sick. With most others I feel like I’m being over dramatic.

    I have suffered from Emetaphobia, since I was little. I was diagnosed with it when my child developed a condition called Pyloric Stenosis, and my health visitor picked up on my strange behaviour. Not being able to hold my baby, calling an ambulance because she PV’d her bowel contents and locking myself in the back garden, until she was gone, not being able to be in hospital. It was very, very severe and effected my girls and me in ways only someone else with the same phobia could understand. It ruled my life, and destroyed the early years with my girls.

    My GP referred to this amazing therapist who decided my phobia was so severe, I couldn’t wait for an CBT appointment on the NHS, so the NHS funded new to go private.

    Please note I use the past tense when talking about this.

    So on certain medication to help me, I attended these CBT appointments. My therapist said there is two types of emetaphobia. The fear of vomiting yourself and the fear of seeing someone else vomit. I had both.

    The CBT was amazing. I also learned a technique call EMDR. It is all about eye and finger movement.

    When I first started, I thought I was a lost course. But my god did it work.

    So New Year’s Eve, 2 years ago, I had food poisoning, and it was the first time I had vomited since I was 13 (luckily I didn’t get any sickness during both my pregnancies and deliveries). Now I had a horrendous panic attack before I was sick, but I used my tools I had learned during my CBT, which helped so much whilst I was being sick.

    A similar event happened in the May, when I had a tooth infection which spread to the bone. The pain from that made me vomit. No panic attack before that event.

    So, last March, I started work as a Bouncer, dealing with a lot of intoxicated people. The first time I had to deal with vomit, was when a very intoxicated lady, who collapsed. The lads I was working with, took the piss out of her and refused to help.

    I phoned 999 and the ambulance service told me what to do. The second I put her in the recovery position, she was sick, and I was told I had to put my finger in her mouth to make sure her mouth and airway was clear.

    God knows how I kept my composure and didn’t run, but I did it, and was fine.

    Strangely at work, I can deal with it, but I still panic when my kids are sick. Luckily now, they are at an age where they don’t even tell me when they are sick.

    It is still a work in progress, but I am 100X better than what I was 13 years ago.

    I thought nothing and nobody could help me. I still panic a little in the winter, but it did work. I am all for CBT, EMDR and Regressive Hypnosis. They worked for me

    I used to get nauseous from thinking about being nauseous all the time and it got better for a couple months, but I felt sick in school on Tuesday and ever since I’ve been worrying about it so much and I’m supposed to be in google meets for school right now but I just don’t feel good.. I always pray to Jesus about everything and especially my anxiety about being nauseous but when i feel sick is when my faith is so low. The enemy always seems to do this when I need my faith the most. When I was in a different meet today I almost threw up and it got to the point where I just wanted to throw up to feel better.. I’m only 13, too, and idrc about “living my teen life” because I live for Jesus, I just wish that this would go away. The Lord always helps me with nausea but I still continue to have low faith in Him when I feel sick. O’ Lord help me please, heal me, O’ Lord, our God Almighty. Heal everybody else with this phobia, Lord. Help us grow our faith in You so we have no worries. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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