Re: Is anyone familiar with Emetophobia?
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.