If you have an extreme fear of being sick or vomiting, it is called emetophobia. In fact, emetophobia is surprisingly common.
Many people who suffer from this fear of vomiting actually very rarely vomit themselves. They are caught in a grip of fearing it will happen. It can be a very debilitating phobia in terms of restricting many of your everyday functions, especially when things like eating out or holidays are on the cards.
Emetophobia can then also :
- lead to fears and anxieties about your food - "Is is cooked properly, stored properly, are there any adverse reactions I may have to this food.
- make you reluctant to go on long trips
- constantly aware of where the toilets are
- create extreme anxiety about being sick in public
- result in a very restricted diet and food intake, which can be almost obsessional
- make you become very particular about hygiene and cleanliness
- waste precious time just thinking about avoiding being sick, day in and day out, drastically reducing the quality of your life.
Underlying emetophobia is an extreme fear of being out of control. The more one desires control and tries to control a situation which is uncontrollable, the "bigger" the phobia appears. Emetophobia is one of the "biggest" phobias you can have, because it is the one phobia where no amount of preparation or avoiding situations can guarantee that no one will be sick, including yourself. It literally follows you whereever you go.
I work with people who have emetophobia by getting them back into a position where they feel in control again. Once that mindset has been developed, we then work with ovecoming the fear of being sick, to the point that it no longer controls you.
I have been working with emetophobia for many years and the most effective method of dealing with it has been the Thrive Programme. Rob Kelly has put together a specialised Emetophobia Thrive Programme. As a licenced Thrive Consultant, I will take you through the programme, where you lern to take back control of your life and learn to develop what is called and internal locus of control. By having an internal locus of control, you will feel like you have an influence over your life as opposed to the situation influencing you.
Click here to read an article in the dailymail, regarding emetophobia and the Thrive Programme.
An amazing testimonial of an 81 year old woman who overcame emetophobia, with Thrive, after having suffered with it for 75 years!
You are welcome to contact me for a free initial consultation where we can discuss how Thrive can help you overcome emetophobia. You can ring me on 07894 333378 or e-mail me - shirley[at]the-turning-point.co.uk
Shirley Scott Thrive Consultant London, Clapham Common. Shirley Scott is located close to Balham, Tooting, Tooting Bec, Tooting Broadway, Battersea, Brixton, Wandsworth, Lambeth, Clapham North, Clapham South, Earlsfield, Crystal Palace