Laura conquered her lifelong emetophobia in just weeks with The Thrive Programme book!

American teacher Laura has had emetophobia for as long as she can remember but now she’s proud to say: “I have gotten over my emetophobia!”

Laura is now over her emetophobia and living a Thriving life!

As a young girl Laura would cower under a blanket if she felt that she might hear or see one of her siblings being sick. Avoiding the possibility of being near someone who might be feeling unwell became a lifelong obsession for her but she had no idea what the phobia was called. This is often the case with emetophobia, sometimes called a Specific Fear/Phobia of Vomit (SPOV)

Only three years ago, after a virus left her with vertigo, Laura (unaware that she had emetophobia) found herself frantically searching through google for a diagnosis, eventually coming up with such conclusion that she had things such as MS, a brain tumour, a number of syndromes and even HIV !

After being prescribed anti-anxiety medication by her Doctor and having a number of sessions of talk-therapy and CBT, Laura describes this period of her life as ‘half-a-life’.

Then, when she came across The Thrive Programme online and had purchased the Cure your Emtophobia & Thrive book, she started the course. As she states in the video, by the time she was at the end of chapter 3 she knew Thrive would work: “This book knows you and your habits!” exclaimed Laura.

Have completed the programme with a licensed Thrive Programme Consultant, Laura is not only now 100% over her phobia but she is also looking forward to all of the opportunities that she can create for herself in her post-phobia life.

Being free from all of her obsessive behaviours and having the life that she had always wanted has left Laura, as she tells us in her testimonial here, feeling ‘euphoric’. She has created a happy, positive, confident state that is now her default for how she approaches life.

She’s back at work, planning her second honeymoon and feels in control of her thoughts and feelings: “This book has given me an entirely different outlook on life! Give this programme a chance and you will get better.”

A fantastic story from Laura who has completely changed her life to be 100% emetophobia-free! Well done Laura!

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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.