Understanding Emetophobia or Fear of Being Sick

Emetophobia is known by multiple names (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 you significantly.  There are also a number of other fears that may be associated with a fear of being sick:

  1. Gagging
  2. Seeing others being sick
  3. Choking on food
  4. Pregnancy (due to the possibility of morning sickness)
  5. Drowning
  6. Social phobia

This is a condition that appears to affect more women than men and if you are someone who suffers with emetephobia, you will know only too well that the symptoms can seriously affect and limit your ability to enjoy life to the full as this condition can have a very disabling effect on the sufferer.

Many people who suffer from Emetophobia will avoid all places where there is a possibility of themselves, or others, being sick. Due to the link between eating and potentially being sick, many sufferers are a little obsessive about what, where and with who they will eat.  Many people see being sick as “horrible”, “dirty” etc, and so it is quite common for emetophobics to also have fears of other situations where they might feel the same way:  going to the toilet, urinating in front of others (e.g. at a public urinal – shy bladder), or even just being a little bit sweaty…

How Hypnotherapy Can Help

A course of hypnotherapy would help you to fully resolve issues relating to your fear of being sick, leaving you free to lead a life without symptoms in future.  It would also provide you with a greater sense of self; it will boost self-confidence and self-esteem; it will help you build on your self-belief and you will find yourself being calm, self-assured and confident in situations where previously you may have experienced your most severe symptoms.

An added bonus is that hypnosis is wonderfully relaxing and reduces stress levels.

Here at Hypnotherapy North West, we understand that when you speak to us it may be the first time you have discussed your fear of being sick.  We will help you to feel at ease so that you feel comfortable and free to talk about your symptoms in a safe and friendly environment.

Here at Hypnotherapy North West we have substantial experience of helping people to rid themselves of emetephobia and related symptoms using hypnotherapy and find that symptoms usually subside within 8 sessions.