What is Emetophobia

What is Emetophobia

Emetophobia or fear of vomiting is not a widely diagnosed disorder. Despite it being the 5th largest phobia on the planet very little research has been done into it. This means that very few medical practitioners have the required knowledge to treat it, or in many cases, actually be in a position to give out useful information.

Having an extreme fear of vomiting is debilitating and can affect all aspects of the life of a sufferer. Everything from eating, socializing, working, sleeping, relationships, parenthood, pregnancy and traveling involve scenarios in which an emetophobe can foresee themselves being sick or imagine somebody else being sick. One solution adopted by many is to simply avoid these potentially ‘horrific’ situations, unfortunately this can very quickly lead to a sheltered life and a miserable existence.

The experiences of those suffering can differ greatly. Whereas for some the main fear is being sick for others it is seeing sick – but the common factor is the desire to avoid vomit. Another common feature of emetophobes is that they are not very often sick themselves. Indeed, most people afflicted with this condition could tell you exactly when they last had to V*, and for some it was decades previous.

Emetophobia affects women more than menMore women than men have emetophobia and in most cases the experts agree that the disorder will have had its roots in childhood. They also agree that the fear has a tendency to turn into something both chronic and disruptive. It is also pervasive as this primary phobia can lead to other fears and phobias such as the fear of gagging, fear of germs, depression, fear of being trapped under water, etc. Add to this the fact that as a result of living with this fear and attempting to restructure their life around it many sufferers develop other conditions such as agoraphobia and anorexia. It is fair to say that this ‘stupid’ fear can be a serious problem.

It is not all doom and gloom though, there are plenty of people that have retrained their brains to defeat this fear and are living normal and full lives. Therapies and home treatment courses such as the Emetophobia Recovery System teach you how to control rising anxiety and deal with growing fear. This in turn gives you the confidence to go into almost any situation without nauseating worry. Once you know and believe that the demon is actually a daft dog you can unpause your life and start to experience and enjoy it.

Make no mistake though, you are going to have to put in the work. The retraining of the brain is your brain, and the associations to break are your associations – unfortunately no pill or potion has been made available that is going to do this work for you.

Although a common disorder, the exact statistics regarding the number of sufferers is not known. Many people hesitate to come forward and seek help because they feel shame. Some prefer to avoid hospitals and surgeries due to the fear of infection. As difficulty with food is a common symptom of this phobia it is often misdiagnosed as an eating disorder. In fact, with all of the different fears that result from just the one original fear of vomiting I am quite sure that there are a huge amount of misdiagnosed sufferers out there.

Common Causes of Emetophobia

The medical community is not able to give a clear explanation regarding the causes of emetophobia, although this is not uncommon with anxiety related phobias. They are prepared to stick their neck out and tell us that the disorder occurs due to biological and psychological reasons (it might be sunny tomorrow or it might rain!). Where people have been diagnosed with emetophobia in most cases it is found that it was triggered by an extreme vomiting experience in childhood. No one reason comes to the fore but genetic disorders, problems with balance, sexual abuse and alcoholic parents have all been recorded triggers.

Symptoms of Emetophobia

The symptoms of Emetophobia can be physical, mental and emotional.

As part of the mental and emotional abuse of this condition sufferers may have to deal with the following on a daily basis: -
A lot of mental and emotional abuse come with this phobia

  • Obsessive thoughts
  • Fear of losing control
  • Feelings of unreality
  • Terror
  • A fear of fainting
  • Anticipatory anxiety
  • The Desire to flee

If that wasn’t enough the physical symptoms to contend with include:

  • Chest pain
  • Palpitations
  • Panic attacks
  • Accelerated heart rate
  • Shortness of breath
  • Smothering sensation
  • Dizziness
  • Trembling
  • Feeling of choking
  • Nausea
  • Stomach distress
  • Sweating
  • Unsteady feeling
  • Hot or cold flashes
  • Numbness or tingling sensation

Can you be cured from a Fear of Vomiting

The short answer is ‘Yes’ – sort of
It has happened many many times to many many people.
The trick is being able to control the anxiety but this doesn’t mean in every case that the phobia itself is going to completely disappear.

People with this condition are not stupid. They know that their fear is irrational and they know that the act of vomiting or seeing somebody being sick is never as bad as was imagined. This does not, unfortunately, make it any less real. It also does not stop sufferers continuing with behaviors that reinforce their fear thereby creating a continual cycle.

Unless of course they actively do something to break this cycle.

How that cycle gets broken and how the remapping of your minds associations gets made differs a lot. This is partly because there is no general consensus on what is the best treatment out there but also because people are having success with different treatments. What works for one person may not work for another but at least with different treatment options available suffers can keep going until they have their breakthrough.

I will go into more detail on the types of treatments for the fear of vomiting in another post but here are some of the treatment options that people have been having success with:-

  • Behavioral therapy
  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Hypnosis
  • Hypnotherapy

Behavioral therapies are often highly effective for overcoming phobias as they effectively retrain the brain allowing you to extinguish fear by automatically applying logical arguments and experience. You are able to equip yourself with the belief that nothing dreadful is going to happen.

With a psychological approach to an anxiety disorder the goal is to uncover the cause of the fear and the source of its importance. Often times when that is understood the fear can be treated.

There are also medications such as anti-anxiety drugs, anti-depressants, and anti-nausea drugs. However, there is no evidence that these medications can cure Emetophobia, they just mask the problem and make life that little bit more bearable for some people. However, in some cases they do this by blurring your existence and in cases long term usage will have some kind of side effect.

Personally I think you should avoid the pills and get started with breaking the fear and thought cycle taking place in your head straight away. It might not be easy, and it might take some time but honestly, it will be worth it.

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Emetophobia Treatment

Emetophobia Treatment

There are actually quite a lot of ways to treat a fear of vomiting, also known as Emetophobia. You have different kinds of therapies like behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and hypnoanalytical therapy. You have ancient eastern approaches like acupuncture and meditation, in your face approaches like exposure therapy, and the modern day band-aid for most problems – pills and medications.

Regardless of whether the primary fear of the sufferer is actually vomiting themselves, seeing vomit or both the underlying motivating factor is the avoidance of v*. Most people who suffer with emetophobia have not actually thrown up in years, but their fear will have led them to develop a set of precise protocols that have the goal of avoiding the prompting of their fear. They alter their behavior and practices toward socializing, dining out and traveling and in almost every case this has a negative impact on their relationships with the people around them.

Emets know that this kind of avoidance is not the solution, but the fear is so real they convince themselves that this is the best way for them to lead their life, that avoidance is the only solution. This is just another mental trick of the mind though, just the same as the fear is.

Treatment for PhobiaTreatments that mask the problem and lifestyle choices that promote avoidance are never going to help you overcome emetophobia. You will continue to live with the fear of vomiting until you decide that it is time to confront it, to take control of the thought processes going on in your head and change them once and for all.

You may actually never get rid of your fear completely, but when you can control it it stops being a problem in your life.

It doesn’t matter what method you use to get there – just get it done. Life is passing you by right now and you are missing out on so much. And if one particular method doesn’t work for you then do not despair, just try another method.

Treatments Available for Emetophobia

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy as a treatment for EmetophobiaThis approach to eliminating your fear focuses on stopping those initial and automatic negative thoughts that are associated with your fear. The idea is to replace them with more rational and agreeable ones.

Progressive exposure is another technique within this area of therapy in which you will learn relaxation skills which you can practice via a gradual introduction to the things that you fear.

Exposure Therapy

If you want to be free from the dreadful fear forever, then exposure therapy might be able to help you. It is exactly what it sounds like and it involves exposing yourself to, or familiarizing yourself with, the situations which can prompt the fear of vomiting. The goal is to make the person less sensitive to fear by showing it for what it really is (something not to be feared).

Exposure TherapyA common approach with this method is to make the person watch a movie or film clips that show people being sick. It has a goal of making you get used to the sights and sounds, as well as the aftermath which is usually a very quick return to normalcy without drama or further incident. The therapy can be quite effective, but the main problem is the willingness of the individual suffering from emetophobia to try it in the 1st place.

This is not one for the feint hearted, but it is cheap (free with youtube) and if you can muster the courage and strength then you could be starting this therapy in less than one minute from now.

Self Help

Self help systems and programs are a very popular and common way for people to tackle their phobias. They can approach the training and actions on their terms and from the safety and comfort of their own home. That’s not to say a program will not challenge you in uncomfortable ways, if it is good then it probably will.

With a fear of vomiting you essentially equip yourself with the pointers and techniques that will enable you to overcome stress and anxiety. A course specific to this phobia will provide the relevant examples and tackle the specific times, occasions and events that most likely trigger your fear.

The most specific self help course available is the Emetophobia Recovery System.

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Beyond this specific course there are numerous other self help options at your disposable such as visualization, meditation, therapy from laughter, breathing exercises and even yoga and pilates. From trying different methods, you will be able to customize your treatment by focusing on the techniques that work for you and eliminating those methods that you don’t need.

Do not attempt to cure yourself if your emetophobia has already led to other serious conditions. If you know, or believe that you are anorexic then your first point of call should be your physician. If you have left yourself physically vulnerable then it is best to follow your doctor’s advice before doing anything drastic.

Professional Therapist that Understand Emetophobia

Phobias themselves are not due to physical issues. They are typically the result of traumatic experiences or memories from our childhood. If you had a serious bout of vomiting or witnessed one then it could be what is causing your fear. A therapist can help to uncover this trigger so that it can be discussed and dealt with. You can attack and rationalize the thought processes that get the fear started with the goal of altering or eradicating them so that they don’t happen or spiral in the first place.

I would advise that if you go down this route then take the time to seek the professional help of somebody who has some experience with a vomiting phobia, ideally somebody with a few success stories under their belt. There is so little research available and so many misconceptions floating around that a well meaning specialist might not always do the best thing for you. At the very least seek out a specialist that has some experience of dealing with anxiety issues and panic attacks.

Hypnosis

Using Hypnosis as a treatment for a phobia of vomitingSome therapists will recommend hypnotherapy or hypnosis in treating emetophobia. It is generally an approach that will be resorted to when more traditional forms of therapies are not producing the desired results.

Hypnotherapists deem that as the fear resides deep in the brain’s subconscious normal therapy will not be enough to locate the problem thoughts and so you need hypnosis to go deeper. Hypnotherapy can allow you to access the subconscious or buried thoughts that are causing the fear.

With the trigger or event identified you could continue with hypnosis to attempt to treat your problem or return to normal therapy armed with the knowledge of the thoughts and memories that you have to work on.

Hypnoanalytical Therapy

Through ‘free association’ hypnosis is used to help the subject recall the problem events from their past. These events are then analyzed and the emotion that is associated with them is released. With the association gone the fear cycle is not given the opportunity to start in the first place thereby removing your fear.

It is considered a bit ‘out there’ but there are specialists in this field that are continually reporting successes – it might be worth a try.

Nausea Suppression

When feeling nauseated some people take a tablespoon of Pepto Bismol. This product is readily available but for stronger medications you can consult your doctor.

For those who fear taking medication orally you should be available to find suppositories that will do the job.

Keep in mind that even if it is an over-the-counter drug, it is still beneficial to consult your doctor before taking any medication. Also bear in mind that this is just another coping tactic.

Medication

Medication is a masking approach for the Fear of VomitingThere are also anti-anxiety or antidepressant medications that can help you cope with emetophobia. Of course the problem with these is that they can have side effects that can cause nausea and vomiting, and if they don’t emetophobes will believe that they can anyway.

That is not the biggest problem with this treatment though, that would be the fact that they are not going to help you recover. They may help you cope but ultimately in the longer term they will not be doing you any good – physically, mentally or emotionally.

Relaxation Techniques

Some people discover relaxation techniques that work for them on their own. The most basic of techniques to get you started is to try deep breathing as it is the easiest way to calm the body.

For some people gentle exercises like walking or strolling help whilst others enjoy beautiful scenery, and if you can combine the both – wonderful.

Meditation works well for some people, be it traditional, transcendental or Guided Visualization. It can bring a different kind of freedom to your mind and body and offer a superb way to relax.

For a lot of people this will ultimately not be a way to overcome emetophobia, but it will be a useful coping mechanism to have in your arsenal.

Relaxation Techniques will likely not cure emetophobia but for a lot of people they provide some help and relief

Acupuncture

Acupuncture has its origins in China as an alternative medicine that helps patients by using acupuncture needles inserted into specific points on the body. It has actually been quite effective in treating anxiety disorder. The points need to be stimulated in order to correct the imbalances in the qi flow that also create the fear.

A patient might need more than one session to correct the flow. The length of acupuncture treatment depends on the flow of your qi. If the imbalance is severe, then expect longer sessions. Make sure to deal only with the right acupuncture clinics and practitioners.

Whatever it is you are going to try then just get started. Nothing will change until you take action. Call your physician, buy a meditation CD, book an acupuncture session or order the Emetophobia Recovery System.

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Celebrity Emetophobes

There are not many celebrity emetophobes that I am aware of. There are quite a few on the rumor mill for sure, but confirmed bona-fida 100% debilitating fear of vomit celebrity sufferers – not many.

This shouldn’t be too surprising really, if you have emetophobia can you actually see yourself living the ‘celebrity lifestyle’ – fancy parties, swanky nightclubs, luxurious dinners, expensive restaurants and extravagant red carpet events. OK, I am sure that’s only a small part of their lifestyle but virtually all celebrities will be out and about, meeting and greeting and wining and dining – all things most emetophobia sufferers are going to be spending their days avoiding. A phobia that turns many into agoraphobics is hardly the best condition to have to help you rise to the status of celebrity. And like mere mortals, if they do have it, it is also probably not something that they are going to talk about

Spotlight on celebrities that have or might have emetophobiaSo, what I have pulled together are all of those confirmed and suspected players in the game of Celebrity Emetophobia. I have compiled the list from the numerous forums, societies, chat boards and blog discussions and then scoured the internet attempting to find any references to back up their claim.

Most of the following I suspect just have an above average dislike for vomit but there are one or two that are the real deal. As we move to the bottom of the list the claims become more spurious and when we get to the very bottom and the likes of James Dean and Gary Lineker there is no solid evidence whatsoever that I can find. But you know what they say – there is no smoke without fire.


Charlie Brooker

Charlie Brooker is the only confirmed EmetophobeCharlie is a British writer who currently has a weekly column in the Guardian newspaper. His writing style has been described as savage and profane but I prefer to go with satirical and funny. He has written books and TV dramas, hosted numerous TV shows and is the creative director for a production company – a busy boy.

In an article in 2005 entitled Spewing forth he wrote the following: -

Don’t you never say this column ain’t educational. Your new word of the week is “emetophobia”, which means “fear of vomiting”. There. You’ve learned something. Give yourself a big fat pat on the back, four eyes.

I’m familiar with the word because I’m an emetophobe myself. It’s an incredibly stupid phobia – for instance, the thing that scares me most about nuclear war isn’t the death and destruction, but the vomiting caused by radiation sickness – but it’s a phobia nonetheless, and I’ve got it. Sometimes it’s so annoying, I could puke. Except of course I can’t. It’s all very confusing.

You can read the full article by clicking here

His more famous amongst emetophobes, and funnier, article was written in 2008 in the midst of a novirus outbreak. You can read the full article here but these are some of my favorite bits: -

Norovirus. Gastric flu, the winter vomiting bug, spewmonia: whatever you want to call it, it’s out there, somewhere, festering on every surface, waiting to infect me.

A headline such as “Vomiting bug spreads across nation” sets my pulse racing twice as effectively as “Mad axeman on loose”.

If I was running things, it would be dealt with like a zombie outbreak: shoot all victims in the head at the first sign of infection, then barricade the windows till the end credits roll.

Or you’re in an office: you use someone else’s keyboard, then eat a sandwich. Why not lick a toilet bowl and have done with it?

Eating out is insane: even if your chef is hygienic in the first place, unless he’s devoutly following the paper-towel hand-washing routine outlined above to the letter he may as well wipe his bum on your plate. Nonetheless, I decided to risk it. Giving in to emetophobia would be like giving in to the terrorists, yeah?

There’s one chink of sunlight for us emetophobes: we hardly ever actually vomit. There are various theories as to why, and it’s all a bit chicken-and-egg: either we’re so naturally hardy that vomiting is a rarity (and therefore more traumatic when it does occur), or we’re so psychologically averse to it, we can will ourselves to stop. In fact, if I was on Heroes, that would be my superpower.

It makes a refreshing change to have a little humor alongside emetophobia.


Denise Richards

Denise Richards is clearly not a fan of vomitingProbably the most famous of the suspected celebrity Emetophobes is Denise Richards. A genuine big name Hollywood actress she has starred in Starship Troopers (in which she is famous for a vomiting scene), The World Is Not Enough, Scary Movie 3, Anger Management and Blue Mountain State to name but a few. Oh, and she married Charlie Sheen.

Although she may not have come across the term emetophobia before she certainly has the symptoms. In ContactMusic she says the following in an interviews: –

I have a throw-up phobia. I’m terrified of throwing up. I don’t know why. It’s beyond not enjoying it, (I have) a fear of it. Terrified, ever since I was little.

“If someone’s around me throwing up or sick, I find out if it’s the stomach flu or food poisoning. Like, at work a girl was sick and I asked her… Food poisoning, I’m okay, because I won’t catch it. Isn’t that terrible?

“I asked my parents (what caused my phobia). I think something happened in my childhood. I don’t know. I’m terrified of it.

And Richards, who admits she religiously burns her chicken to avoid salmonella poisoning, is prepared for the first time she has to experience her two young daughters vomiting: “I guess I’m gonna have to get out the rubber gloves and a mask, or something, and then pay for their therapy later.

She talks about her vomit phobia several times in her autobiography ’Real Girl Next Door’. On page 111 she has the following to say “I was in my twenties before my mom explained that as a little girl I followed my dad into the bathroom while he was sick and saw him puke. I thought he was dying, she said, and it affected me for the rest of my life”


Kate Beckinsale

Denise Richards is clearly not a fan of vomitingKate is a charming British actress and daughter of the late and great Richard Beckinsale, star of British Classics Rising Damp and Porridge. Not to be outdone Kate starred in Pearl Harbor, is the vampire face of the hugely successful Underworld films, played alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Aviator and also Hugh Jackman in Van Helsing.

In the Free Library it states the following on Kates page: -

SHE says her phobia of being sick means she’s not a big drinker: “I’ve never even been properly drunk because I’ve got a fear of vomiting, so I stop after two drinks. It’s pathetic.

Esquire say she is an emetophohic (so it must be true) and in www.ew.com it has the following from an interview with Kate: –

I’ve got this amazing doctor in England who’s a Renaissance man — he keeps bees on his balcony, he rides his motorbike through France, and he’s just one of the coolest people on the planet. I went to see him and I said, ‘I wish I’d been a doctor like you.’ And he said, ‘You absolutely could!’ Then I went off to do the Aviator press junket and had a moment of thinking, ‘I’d quite fancy that.’ But I’m not a fan of effluvia and vomit — vomit in particular. Though I’m sure there are lots of doctors who don’t love vomit.


Joan Baez

Supposedly Joan states that she was an emetophobe in her autobiographyMostly considered a folk singer Joan has had an illustrious career spanning more than 50 years and 30 albums. Although an outspoken activist in the field of human rights she does not seem to have spoken out much about her phobia of vomit.

Although Wikipedia lists her as a ’Notable person with Emetophobia’ and a few sources state that she talks of her phobia with vomit in her autobiography I have found no information directly from Joan online that backs this up.


Rhona Cameron

Funny woman Rhona is not a fan of the vomitRhona is another comedian from the United Kingdom said to have a fear of vomiting, although the evidence is not as clear as it was for Charlie Brooker. She is a stand up comedienne and a regular on British television. She has appeared on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Have I Got News For You, starred in the west end cast of the Vagina Monologues and was the first woman narrator of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. She has written a few books and lives with her partner Suran Dickson.

It is not clear if she is an Emetophobe but in a blog she wrote the following: –

When I alighted at Swiss cottage I saw a tall man in a suit standing in a corner about to throw up. After covering my ears and making noises (A bit Rain Man) I ran up the escalator and out on to the street.

To end this section can I just add a disclaimer saying – yes of course I have been the worse for wear on more occasions than most in my past and younger life but never, I repeat never, have I thrown up in public. I just don’t think you should be allowed out if you have a weak constitution, or perhaps you can be allowed out on a Tuesday or something so we can all avoid you.


Matt Lauer

Matt Lauer probably does not have Emetophobia despite what Wikipedia and IMDB sayMatt is a well known American TV journalist most famous for being the host on the NBC’s The Today Show. He has a mild case of color blindness and a fear of lighting which he describes as a ‘concern’.

His IMDB page states that he has emetophobia and on the emetophobia Wikipedia page he is also listed as a ‘Notable people with emetophobia’. They might be big websites but on this one I am not sure that they are right.


Cameron Diaz

Cameron Diaz is not an emet and she is also not germophobicBy far one of the biggest names on the Celebrity Emetophobia circuit – but, alas, I fear a myth.

Most of the rumors about Cameron being an emetophobe stem from a comment she made about not wanting to touch bathroom doorknobs which got reported in an article for Time Magazine in 1997. From there it is not too much of a stretch to say she has a fear of vomiting and so for a time it was taken as fact – even Wikipedia’s Emetophobia page lists her as a notable sufferer.

However, in an edition of Real Time with Bill Maher in 2009 she denied she was germophobic stating that a small comment she made 12 years earlier regarding public bathroom doorknobs had been distorted out of all proportion.


Howie Mandell

Howie definately has a fear of germs but I don't know if he has a fear of vomitingDeal or No Deal star Howie Mandel is another big fat celebrity myth I suspect. He most certainly has Mysophobia, the irrational fear of germs. He has not though, as far as I can find, ever come out and specifically stated that he has emetophobia.

His fear of germs though is quite severe, his shaved head is because it makes him feel cleaner and he will not shake hands with anybody (including contestants on his show) unless he is wearing latex gloves.


Suspected Emetophobes

In some corner of the internet the following six celebrities have all become emetophobes – I just don’t know if they know it. Rumors and speculation abound I have in no way been able to confirm (or deny) any of this, but it is probably safe to assume they are not afflicted until proven otherwise.

Suspected Emetophobe Eamonn Holmes Suspected Emetophobe Frankie Sandford Suspected Emetophobe Regina Hall
Eamonn Holmes Frankie Sandford Regina Hall
Suspected Emetophobe James Dean Suspected Emetophobe Gary Linekar Suspected Emetophobe Carol Smilie
James Dean Gary Lineker Carol Smilie

Despite the fact that I have listed 14 celebrities above only a handful are likely to be true emetophobes. It is fair to say that it is going to be very hard to mix a life plagued with emetophobia with that of celebrity. Clearly it is not impossible but tricky springs to mind.

Don’t let this irrational fear hold you back – do something about it today so you are free to grab all of the opportunities coming your way.

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Everyday Emetophobes

Everyday Emetophobes

When you have a phobia that is seldom discussed and one that you feel embarrassed to talk about it can make you feel incredibly alone and isolated. The fact is that there are a huge amount of people going through the same emotions and experiences that you are.

A few brave souls have taken the step of getting in front of a camera to talk about their struggle with the fear of vomiting. These are normal people and this is a common phobia, even though it might not feel like that most of the time.

Hannah

Hannah has always known that there was something different about her and recently her doctor confirmed to her that she has emetophobia. Her psychiatrist and therapist believe it may have started with an incident of being sick in her mums car when she was in 6th grade.

When she was little she was scared of getting into cars in case she was sick. Even now if she knows she has to go in a car she will not eat the day before.

She feels alone and stays in a lot.

Tricia

Tricia has a fear of other people being sick.

She speaks about how few people understand her phobia, how it even sounds stupid to her, and how emetophobia affects her life every single day. She talks about a period in elementary school where her classmates went through a phase of throwing up continually and she believes that her anxiety may stem from this.

Her phobia has led to periods in which she has missed school and how she can get anxious simply by hearing someone burp. She misses out on going to shows with her friends because she doesn’t want to be in crowded areas. She speaks of times where she has freaked out when she has seen vomit, or been is situations where she has been sure that someone else is going to be sick. At a party when somebody was being sick her heart was pounding so fast it hurt her chest.

She knows her life would be better if she could treatment for her phobia but she is scared to do something about it because she doesn’t know what they’ll do to her.

Sabrina

The Jeremy Kyle show is a UK chat show that is a bit sleazy – but in this instance they treat the subject and the guest with the respect it and she deserves.
Sabrina has emetophobia and has to phone an ambulance when her children have been sick because she is not able to deal with it. She says that her phobia is making her feel like a bad mother.
She says that it started when she was five, she has panic attacks and it is ruining her life – even though she has only been sick in her life twice.
Sabrina is pregnant with her 4th child but has never had morning sickness.

Grahame, the shows health expert, talks about the avoidance strategies of emetophobes and the irrational nature of this phobia, he also discusses some of the different therapies that are available.

Ashley

Ashley is 23 and has recently discovered that the name for the phobia she has been struggling with since she was 14 is Emetophobia. She describes how it is a constant struggle and that she is tired of having to deal with it.

As she makes the video it is 4.17am and she is going through one of her ‘spells’ fearing that she is going to be sick. Her phobia runs her life and it affects the way she eats, her weight, social life and relationships.

She missed a lot of school because of the fear of her classmates being sick and it was part of the reason why she ended up dropping out in the 11th grade (at age 19). She is still trying to go to school to get her high school diploma.

She worries about having kids because she fears having morning sickness, and if she did have children how she would deal with them being sick.

Ashley has requested that websites do not embed her video but you can watch it by going to YouTube

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