Emetophobia. Just what is it?

What is The Thrive Programme?

The Thrive Programme is an evidence-based psychological training programme. Like many people who suffer from emetophobia, you may have already been to see counsellors, therapists, psychologists, support groups, and/or psychiatrists but still, you’re not better. You'll be asking yourself why this programme will work when nothing else has. It’s perfectly natural to think that way. But you can’t give up, simply believing you’re stuck with emetophobia. You’re not. The Thrive Programme is innovative, it’s evidence-based, it’s easy-to-understand, and it works. Every person who comes to see me, brings with them a lot of scepticism. It’s my role to gain your trust, help you gain self-insight, and to teach you everything you need to know so you have the tools and knowledge to live a thriving life.

How can I access the programme?

Face-to-face or via Skype? Both are very effective so it doesn’t matter where you’re located we can still connect. In the busy world we live in, Skype can be a time-efficient approach. I’ve created a number of resources that ensure the Skype method of delivery feels like you're sitting in the same room as me. 

What exactly is Emetophobia?

Emetophobia is the fear of vomiting. It is rarely spoken of partly because of the nature of the subject – sufferers feel that it is unpleasant and "dirty" and are embarrassed by it.

Research (Hout & Bouman, 2011; Lipsitz et al., 2001; Veale & Lambrou, 2006) suggests that most emetophobes are female who have had symptoms since they were quite young. They have spent much of their time avoiding situations where either they or someone around them could become sick. Those with a mild phobia have anxious thoughts while eating. Some suffer so severely they refuse to leave their home. Many phobics suffer terrible panic attacks when they have nausea or imagine that they do.

Emetophobia can significantly affect sufferers’ ability to lead normal lives. People with this fear often go to great lengths to avoid encountering anything that could lead to vomiting. They may, for example, avoid alcohol which means they don't go to pubs or clubs where others may drink heavily and then vomit. They may worry a great deal about hygiene, and be fussy about making sure everywhere is clean. They may take excessive time off work or school because they worry about being exposed to germs that will cause them to be sick.

It is also common for emetophobes to be very careful about food preparation, taking excessive care to check use by dates and to ensure that food is cooked properly. Many sufferers avoid dining out or eating food that has been prepared by others. Tocophobia, the fear or phobia of being or becoming pregnant, is another common problem for emetophobia sufferers, mainly to the worries about the morning sickness. As a result, many avoid becoming pregnant or terminate a pregnancy. Those who do have children can become consumed by worry about them being ill. They may feel completely unable to look after their children when they are unwell.

Download a PDF of a research study on The Thrive Programme and Emetophobia.

Here's a video testimonial to the effectiveness of The Thrive Programme.

Jen completed The Thrive Programme with support from Cara, a Thrive Consultant in the UK, and is now over her emetophobia.

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Emetophobia behaviours and feelings

Do you relate to any of these behaviours or feelings?

Do you feel anxious at the thought of being sick? Do you experience physical symptoms (heart racing, sweating, nausea) at the thought or mention of vomiting? Do you believe you couldn’t cope if you were to vomit? Do you have panic attacks that are related to being sick? Are you preoccupied with the thought of being sick? Do you worry about being near other people who might vomit? Do you worry that you’ll completely lose control if you vomit? Do you avoid eating out at restaurants or other people’s homes? Would you consider not having children to avoid morning sickness? Do you avoid pubs for fear of drunk people throwing up? Do you tend to avoid some public transport for fear of vomiting or catching a bug? Do you avoid alcohol for fear of sickness? Do you avoid going near people who aren’t well? Do you drink “stomach settlers” often? Do you double-check “use by” dates on food packaging? Do you check food obsessively to ensure it is cooked thoroughly?

The Thrive Programme can help you, like it has helped hundreds of others, to stop feeling anxious and to start leading a thriving life.

Use the button below to schedule a free 15 minute initial conversation directly in my diary in order to find out more about the programme.

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