The irrational fear of vomiting oneself or seeing someone else vomit really can take over people’s lives.
Emetophobia can prevent them from travelling by train, plane, boat or even car for fear of travel sickness, stop them from trying to get pregnant, having an essential operation, eating out or eating certain foods, the list goes on. The fear of vomiting also plays on their mind the entire time, leading to secondary problems. If this is you or someone you know, you can do something about it and stop the fear dictating how you live your life.
Calling anything an ‘..obia’ or putting a formal label – OCD for example- can sometimes lead to more problems. Is this you?: ‘That’s it then, I have an ..obia and there’s nothing I can do about it.’
Don’t let yourself be labelled into a corner! Decide rather that you are currently running an unhelpful thinking pattern, and that this can be unlearned, even in a short time. Problems, including emetophobia, that have been around for years are no harder to unravel than recent ones – the original causation has not changed or got bigger.
Our chimp brains sometimes struggle to keep up with the modern world’s demands. Your subconscious brain tries its hardest to do the best it can for you, but sometimes needs some nudging in a different direction when it has gone off track. That’s where seeing an expert in the subconscious mind will help. Hypnotherapy and EFT reach the subconscious mind to reframe problems and find solutions.
Emetophobia is amazingly one of the most common ‘phobias’ that people have, but it is not discussed very often. For an extremely long list of phobias (perhaps you’ll feel better about your own!) , see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_phobias