What is emetophobia?
Emetophobia is a phobia of the being sick (vomiting), where the sufferer might actively avoid any situation which might bring with it the possibility of vomiting.
The effects of emetophobia.
The fear of being sick can make a wide range of everyday situations very uncomfortable for the sufferer. These situations might include for example:
- Women with emetophobia might avoid starting a family, due to the fear of morning sickness.
- Avoiding family holidays or business trips which may involve flying, because of the possibility of feeling sick while flying.
- Avoiding certain types of food.
- Avoiding alcoholic drinks.
- Avoiding the doctor's surgery or hospitals, because of the fear of seeing other people who may be sick.
- Not being able to have pets around the house in case they get sick.
- The suffer might have an obsession with cleanliness, and might avoid restaurants because the cleanliness of the kitchen cannot be guaranteed.
- Shunning situations that have a rotating or undulating physical movement such as on a boat or roller-coaster.
- Someone suffering from emetophobia may panic or feel excessively anxious if someone else in their household is ill, in fear of contracting the illness themselves. In severe cases, the emetophobic may refuse to eat for the duration of the other persons illness.
- The person might avoid reading books, magazine articles, television programmes or films where they might see or read about someone being sick.
This is one of the phobias
that can, and often does, affect every day of a sufferer's life. As it is so strongly linked with everyday occurances such as eating and travelling, it can have a severe impact on doing even the most ordinary of tasks. Fortunately, emetophobia is one of the phobias that responds extremely well to a course of analytical hypnotherapy.
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