I have had this fear for as long as i can remember and it takes over my life. I always fear that i will get sick or someone else will and it feels like its the end of the world if that happens. I had been afraid to go to school all the time in fear of someone getting sick or me getting sick. Until recently I always thought i was alone and that i was just a weirdo until i saw a show on tv about emetophobia and i started reasearching it and found out i wasn’t alone. I want to overcome this with everything i have. 3 years ago
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I sm starting to think not many people ever overcome this phobia, and that most people just learn to deal with it. I really juts want to get past it and move on with my life. 6 years ago
I am about to see a specialist to treat my phbia.
I know it’s for the best and I am looking forward to it! 6 years ago
So as this is no longer affecting my day-to-day life and I haven’t had any panic attacks lately (knock on wood), I’d say I’ve pretty much overcome this. I’m not the same as I used to be and I don’t think I ever will be but my life is much more enjoyable now. 6 years ago
IM A 22 YEAR OLD WOMAN..AND IVE GOT IT BAD!! ALL THE SYMPTOMS IVE READ ARE ABSOLUTELY TRU B/C I DO THEM ON A REGULAR BASIS….EVERYDAY!! ITS GETTING TO A POINT WHERE ITS AFFECTING MY RELATIONSHIPS AND LIFESTYLE…PLEASE HELP ME! 6 years ago
I’ve gotten better over time and I only hope that I can continue to improve. This no longer affects my day to day life, and I don’t think about it or get freaked out about it unless I see/hear someone vomit, get a really bad stomach ache, or when someone in my family gets the flu and vomits. Other than those times, I can even joke about it or talk about it just fine, although I still can’t watch people on TV vomit. The worst part for me is right before I do vomit, I get really panicked and enter a state of denial. Even during I’m not as freaked out, since I don’t have to wonder or worry anymore if its going to happen or not.
I definately know how tough facing this fear is. I wish my fellow emetophobes good luck in working to overcome it. 6 years ago
I’ve been researching this phobia quite a bit since I’ve discovered that it is an actual phobia that many suffer from, and there is actually information about it. I always thought I was just weird…
I’ve had this phobia since I can remember, and I’m like most emetophobics…I freak out any time that I have the slightest pain or nausea; when other people say they don’t feel well; when I hear people coughing or making those noises. I’ve gotten better at seeing it on tv and in movies, I’ve been forcing myself to watch. And of course when I’m actually sick, after I get sick I’m like “huh, that wasn’t too bad”, but then I’m back to being horrified at the idea.
Its tough…and I try my hardest not to let it take over. I’ve been thought to have anorexia a number of times because I suffer from acid reflux and I feel sick often after eating, and so I wouldn’t eat much or often, and I’ve always been underweight, etc.
I’m planning on starting nursing school in the fall, and I don’t want my emet to stop me from being able to follow this dream. I’d like to think that by becoming a nurse I can overcome it. I’ve read stories of people trying to do the “gallon challenge” or whatever to make themselves sick and get over it, and other ideas, but I could never do that.
I feel for all of you, its rough. Best of luck. :) Stay healthy! 7 years ago
At the moment, this phobia is destroying me. I started university in September and quit by the start of February because my anxiety got to the point where I was depressed and suicidal. I’ve started CBT now and hopefully things will get better, although at the moment I’d say I’m at the lowest point of my life. 7 years ago