Emetophobia (Fear of Being Sick)

Fear of being sick, or vomiting treatment in Fareham

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Fear of being sick

What is Emetophobia?

Emetophobia is one of least commonly talked about phobias, but one of the most prevalent. Emetophobia, or fear of being sick is about avoidance, control and disgust. If for example, you have a fear of flying the solution is fairly simple – travel by ship, the solution is not so simple for sufferers of emetophobia because there is no predictability in someone being sick. Anyone at all can do it, and for a multitude of reasons. This means that for the sufferer the opportunity to control their environment becomes increasingly more difficult, and exhausting.

NB In some cases, because the phobia involves the induction of vomiting, sufferers have even been misdiagnosed as anorexic or bulimic.

Examples of avoidance?

A significant focus on how to either avoid either being sick yourself, or being in the vicinity where someone may be sick. The following list shows some of the situations that are likely to be avoided.

  • not wanting to eat out
  • not wanting partners to drink
  • not Inviting your child’s friends round for a party
  • not attending parties yourself
  • not going to the pictures
  • not going on holiday
  • not taking a job that involves travelling (sea sickness and travel sickness)
  • not attending family gatherings, or outings
  • not having a baby (morning sickness)
  • not visiting someone in hospital (germs and viruses that make you sick)

Even given the extraordinary lengths that people choose to avoid their fear the relief that is gained is minimal.

In some cases, because the phobia involves the induction of vomiting, sufferers have even been misdiagnosed as anorexic or bulimic.