Hello, this my first time on this board. I was wondering if anyone is familiar with emetophobia, the fear of vomiting. I have four kids, ages 3-11 yrs., and live in fear 24/7 <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif">. Any info. or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, Janet
I am not very familiar with it, but i would like to ask you, have you talked to some professional about it, a doctor or psychologist? If you live in fear every day, it seems the situation must be causing you quite some distress, and you should get help for it.
Thanks for responding. Believe me, I have tried to get help. I haven't found a therapist who has even heard of emetophobia, and I'm talking about therapists who specialize in anxiety!! I have had to bring them things I have printed from my computer about it <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif">. They all say it must be my body's way of releasing tension and that if I didn't have that fear, it would manifest itself some other way. I really am not looking for reasons for it, I am looking for a way to get rid of it, or at least make it manageable. Thanks again for responding. Janet
I didn't know there was a name for it, but I have it also. If I even imagine anyone near me is going to be sick, I have to flee. Otherwise, it is instant panic attack. When my kids were little, I would clean up after them, as I had no choice. But, I would go back to bed and be in a panic for hours, laying there awake, waiting for them to be sick again. It took me a long time to realize that I was having panic attacks. I was so glad when they got old enough to make it to the bathroom, so I didn't have to deal with it anymore. I personally would rather die than get sick, and it has only happened a few times in my life. Thankfully, my husband isn't one to get sick either. As to what to do, you could try an anti-depressant or anti-anxiety med. Some are better than others for phobias. Or some of the non-drug methods (hypnotherapy, counselling, biofeedback,etc.), but I firmly believe the answer is deep within our brains, and drugs will do the trick. I don't like taking anything, but take Paxil for now due to anxiety caused by IBS. Good luck.