Emetophobia Hypnotherapy in Harrow
Understanding Emetophobia or fear of Being sick
Emetophobia is known by many names (emetophobia, phagophobia, vomitophobia, vomit phobia, sickness phobia, fear of vomiting, fear of swallowing, fear of choking, globus hystericus), but whatever you call it this condition can affect sufferers deeply. There are also a number of other fears that can be associated with a fear of being sick:
- Seeing other being sick
- Choking on food
- Pregnancy (due to the possiblity of morning sickness)
- Social phobia
I receive many enquiries from emetophobes – and is probably THE most common phobia that I treat. Sufferers find it often extremely debilitating and disabling. Many of my clients have already sought treatment – to little or no avail. Nearly every emetophobe I treat believe there is no cure – a myth prepetuated often by emetophobia forums. This is not true! Even most doctors dont understand the phobia and generally want to prescribe anti-depressants for it.
This is a condition that appears to affect more women than men and if you are someone who suffers with emetophobia, you will know only too well that the symptoms can seriously affect and limit your ability to enjoy life to the full as this condition can have a very disabling effect on the sufferer.
My life is so much better now than it was. I am able to go out with friends on a night out, use public bathrooms without fear and watch movies in the cinema without friends vetting them first. I promise you will not regret it.
Many sufferers will avoid all places where there is a possiblity of themselves, or others, being sick: for example pubs, restaurants, clubbing, eating in front of others. Due to the link between eating and potentially being sick, many sufferers are a little obsessive about what, where and with who they will eat. Many view being sick as ‘horrible’, ‘dirty’, ‘yucky’ etc, and so it is quite common for emetophobics to also have fears of others situations where they might feel the same way: going to the toilet, urinating in front of others (e.g. at a public urinal – shy bladder), or even just being a little bit sweaty.
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