Emetophobia and anxiety - trying to get healthy
Hi everyone. I am a 39 yo female who suffers from emetophobia (fear of throwing up). I think I've always had this condition but it's really flared up over the past few years. I've been having anxiety/panick attacks with this as well. I also suffer from irritible bowel syndrome.
Due to the emetophobia, I am limiting what and when I eat and as a result my stomach is a real mess. I don't know if it's because I am limiting what I eat or due to the stress and anxiety I have been suffering from or a combination of both.
I want to find a way to get healthy and eat better but I'm not quite sure where and how to start. I find I have to force myself to eat especially when I am at work. Fibre, caffeine and pop are some of the triggers for my irritible bowel syndrome so I try to stay away from those.
I have been trying to take a chewable multivitamin, evening primrose oil and a stress vitamin but most days I feel so yucky that I don't take them.
I don't take any medications for my ibs or my anxiety.
Does anyone have any suggestions? I just don't know where to start to get my stomach and myself feeling better again.