Despite having a psychology degree, Jen had spent 15 years suffering from various phobias and living, in her words, "such a restricted life", crippled by her emetophobia especially.
As well as being an emeto, meaning she had a phobia of vomit, Jen was diagnosed with Social Phobia by a psychiatrist and ever since then has lived in the belief that there was something fundamentally wrong with her, and that she was socially inept. She even avoided social contact and making phone calls, re-enforcing her negative beliefs.
This is on top of her emetophobia, which in itself can be devastating, with sufferers avoiding certain types of food or any situation where they might encounter vomit. A night out with friends was impossible for Jen.
After seeking various treatments for these and other issues, Jen found Cure Your Emetophobia & Thrive following a breakdown and, whilst it wasn't easy, she was helped through the process by experienced Thrive Consultant Cara Ostryn.
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Jen was shocked at how much control she did have over her beliefs and fears, which were negatively effecting every aspect of her life. Cure Your Emetophobia & Thrive equipped her to deal with these negative thoughts and emotions and, after working hard at the programme, she overcame her limiting beliefs and phobias.
After finishing the programme, Jen joined the gym, goes swimming regularly, visited a beauty therapist and can go to restaurants without anxiety. She's changed her life and is currently starting her own business. She's living the life she's always wanted, free of phobias!
Emetophobia is surprisingly common with up to 8% of people, especially women, suffering worldwide. This is often combined with anxiety and depression, making for a very debilitated life.
Cure Your Emetophobia & Thrive was launched in 2007 by psychotherapist Rob Kelly, utilizing his 20-plus years of experience in curing phobias to design a reliable and predictable treatment for emetophobics. Since then, thousands have changed their lives and now live phobia-free.
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Emetophobia, the fear of vomiting, is widespread; it is one of the most common phobias for which people consult Thrive Programme Consultants. Research has suggested that prevalence of a fear of being sick ranges from 0.1 to 8.8% percent of the population (Hout & Bouman, 2011).
These different figures probably depend upon whether the researchers assessed participants for any sort of ‘fear’ of vomiting or solely focused upon a severe ‘phobia’. These prevalence figures suggest that somewhere between around 63,000 and 5.5 million people in the UK suffer from emetophobia.
Emetophobia is known by many names (emetophobia, specific phobia of vomiting (SPOV), vomit phobia, sickness phobia, fear of vomiting…) and is associated with other fears and disorders, such as phagophobia (a fear of gagging, swallowing or choking), a fear of pregnancy, social anxiety and obsessional disorders. People can fear vomiting themselves and/or others vomiting. Most individuals with emetophobia are female, with research studies revealing that 85-97% of their emetophobic participants are women (Hout & Bouman, 2011; Lipsitz et al., 2001; Veale & Lambrou, 2006).
Emetophobia tends to be a severe symptom and often significantly affects 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, be teetotal or heavily limit their alcohol consumption and avoid 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.
Many sufferers of emetophobia have unsuccessfully tried a range of treatments. Veale and Lambrou (2006), for example, found that twenty-nine percent of their sample of vomit phobics had received some form of therapy for their fear, which overall they rated as largely ineffective. Veale and Lambrou (2006, p. 139) have stated that “clinicians generally regard it as challenging to treat because of high drop out or a poor response to treatment.”
In 2007 Rob Kelly - an emetophobia expert with over 30 years clinical experience - launched 'The Thrive Programme', which is a revolutionary psychological training programme - that people can learn at home from a book/video programme - that thousands have used to transform their lives. All the ex-emetophobics in this YouTube channel used the emetophobia version of the Thrive Programme book/video course to overcome their phobia.