Emetophobia – The fear of being sick / The fear of vomiting.
Emetophobia is a phobia of being sick (vomiting), where the sufferer might actively avoid any situation which might bring with it the possibility of vomiting. This would include avoiding hospitals, boats, water, children, various foods, stuffy pubs, city center, pregnancy etc – anything that could be associated with being sick or the smell of vomit is militated against.
It is a very common phobia (the International Emetophobia Society rates it as the fifth most common phobia), however generally it is not talked about publically, and it is rare that those who suffer from it tell the people around them how they feel. Talking about it often stimulates the sick feeling the sufferer is afraid of.
The effects of emetophobia.
Generally speaking a fear of being sick develops very early in life, so by the time a person reaches adulthood they have been managing their fear for a long time, and have got used to living restricted lives because of it.
Often it is when a woman wants to start a family, and is terrified of the morning sickness, that they think about getting treatment for the problem.
However, long before they get to this stage in life they have been restricting themselves in many other ways. For example:
- Avoiding family holidays or business trips which may involve flying, because of the possibility of feeling sick while flying
- The person might avoid certain types of food, be very picky with what they eat, rarely eat out in restaurants and are often quite underweight.
- The person may feel the need to avoid the doctor’s surgery or hospitals, because of the fear of seeing other people who might be ill or may be sick at any time. Commonly a person cannot visit friends or family when they are unwell. This often leads to stress and accusations in the family for not caring about those who are ill.
- The suffer might have an obsession with cleanliness.
- Emetophobes often avoid putting themselves in any situation that has a rotating or undulating physical movement, such as on a boat or roller-coaster
Using hypnotherapy as a treatment for emetophobia (the fear of being sick)
As the sufferer of emetophobia will know, this is one of the phobias that can (and often does) affect every day of their lives. As it is so strongly linked with everyday occurances such as eating and travelling, it can have a severe impact on the life of the emetophobe.
Fortunately, emetophobia is one of the phobias that responds exceptionally well to a successful course of analytical hypnotherapy.
Why Hypnoanalysis is so successful at treating Emetophobia
Phobias are generally created in a person’s mind in childhood (though the symptoms may not appear for many years). The phobic response is caused by the sufferer bottling up some strong emotions. The only way to resolve the phobia – is to release the bottled up emotions that are causing it.
These bottled up emotions are stored in the person’s subconscious mind so the sufferer has no conscious awareness of them. In our formative years (with only a child’s resourcefulness) bottling the emotions up was the best plan of action for dealing with difficult strong emotion. It was done by our subconscious mind so we weren’t overwhelmed by the emotions, and could get on with growing up.
However, now that you are grown up you do have the resourcefulness of an adult and can easily face and resolve those emotions that were too much for the child. Your subconscious mind wants you to do this and will do everything in its power to encourage you to resolve the internal conflict (emotion) – including giving you the symptom of emetophobia! It’s as if that symptom is a signal telling you that there’s something inside you ready to be resolved. Most other types of therapy cannot gain access to these ‘locked away’ emotions and experiences.
Original source: http://www.ichoosetoheal.com/emetophobia.htm