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Old 11-16-2000, 08:58 PM   #1
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Is anyone familiar with Emetophobia?

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="">. Any info. or help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance, Janet

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Old 11-18-2000, 11:33 PM   #2
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Re: Is anyone familiar with Emetophobia?

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.

Old 11-19-2000, 08:47 AM   #3
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Re: Is anyone familiar with Emetophobia?

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="">. 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

Old 12-05-2000, 10:52 AM   #4
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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.

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