Emetophobia, Fear of Sick helped by Hypnotherapy and Cognitive Therapy in Brighton & Hove:

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Understanding Emetophobia or Fear of Being Sick

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emetophobiaEmetophobia is known by many names (pnigophobia, phagophobia, vomitophobia, vomit phobia, sickness phobia, fear of vomiting, fear of gagging, fear of swallowing, fear of choking, globus hystericus) but whatever you call it this condition can affect people quite strongly.



There are also a number of other fears that can be associated with a fear of being sick:

  • Gagging
  • Seeing/hearing others being sick
  • Choking on food
  • Pregnancy (due to the possibility of morning sickness and/or having to deal with unwell children)
  • Drowning/having difficulty breathing
  • Social phobia (for more info on social phobia, click here)

This is a problem that appears to affect more women than men and, if you are someone with a fear of vomit, you will know only too well that the symptoms can sometimes seriously affect and limit your ability to enjoy life to the full..

Many people with a fear of sick will avoid all places where there is a possibility of themselves, or others, being sick: for example pubs, restaurants, clubbing, eating in front of others. Due to the link between eating and potentially being sick, many are also a little obsessive about what, where and with whom they will eat. Many view being sick as ‘horrible’, ‘dirty’, ‘yucky’ etc, and so it is quite common for emetophobics to also have fears of other situations where they might feel the same way: using public toilets generally, urinating in front of others (e.g. at a public urinal – shy bladder), or even just being a little bit sweaty. They can also be a bit obsessive about germs, often carrying around ‘wet wipes’ for their hands or being overly fussy about hand-washing and/or house cleaning.

I realise that when you make that first call to speak to me, it may be the first time you have discussed your fear of being sick. I will therefore help you to feel at ease so that you feel comfortable and free to talk about your problems in a safe and friendly environment. I understand how difficult it can be to talk about emetephobia and to seek help but, if you would like to rid yourself of emetophobia and resolve any related emotional issues, I am confident that I can help you.

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