Phobia of getting sick, seeing someone getting sick, I want to get help?
So, I've read the post on here about a fear of throwing up?
I've had the same thing for about six years. The phobia has absolutely PLAGUED me. I can't hear anyone even TALKING about being sick--it makes me nauseated. If someone is sick, I freak out and I won't let them near me (sometimes not even in the same room.) It's gotten to the point where I'm scared of SICK people, even if they just have a cold.
People don't understand why I'm so scared. We had to watch Supersize Me in school, and I knew that there was a part coming up where the guy got sick, and I was trying to get myself to sit there as kind of a "face your fear" type thing...but about one minute to the scene, I flipped out.
I nearly fainted running out of the room, and I sat in the hallway hyperventilating for ten minutes, sweating like crazy, shaking to the point of not being able to stand, heart racing, and EXTREMELY nauseated. I could see other people around me and people asked me if I was okay--I answered them, but I didn't really know what I was doing. It was like I was dreaming, all hazy and out of focus. Also, I honestly (don't ask me why, because I can't understand it) thought I was going to DIE.
Things like this happen when I'm confronted with anything having to do with being sick or throwing up or other people being sick. When I have a stomach virus, I have a panic attack everytime I know I'm going to throw up, which only makes it worse. I try to calm myself down but I CAN'T get it out of my head that I'm going to die.
I know it's completely irrational and everything, but nothing I do helps. I've been on anxiety medication to no avail, and I've talked to my therapist about it but he doesn't know what to do, because it's not an easy "face your fear" type thing.
Has anyone actually gotten over this? I've never known anyone else to have the same problem to the extent that I have--no one likes being sick, but I don't know anyone who has panic attacks because of it.
Is there anything you can do to get rid of something like this? It interrupts my life so severely, I'm desperate to get over it. But I don't know how. Obviously I can't watch a movie with it because I'll have another serious panic attack.
Any advice or experience would be great.
Last edited by ms_mod; 12-04-2006 at 08:48 AM.