Lifelong emetophobia sufferer reveals
her journey to happy, phobia-free life

From the age of three, Victoria lived with emetophobia – a fear of being sick or vomit in general. She was scared to do anything at school that might mean encountering vomit and it dominated her early years.

Victoria recounts her 38-year battle with emetophobia

Sadly, her story is common amongst emetaphobia sufferers as the phobia is quite hard to identify in young people and many schools, parents and teachers don’t know what to look out for.

Holidays were also a source of anxiety rather than enjoyment – Victoria was out of her safe zone and having to deal with new scenarios. Emetaphobia restricted her relationships, social life, eating habits, education and working life.

After a breakdown and also suffering from agoraphobia, Victoria searched online for effective treatments and she discovered The Thrive Programme’s Cure Your Emetaphobia book.

Thankfully, Victoria gave the book her all and she was amazed at how quickly she improved. Within weeks she was on the road to recovery and happiness. Now, she happily declares that she is an ex-emetaphobic – check out her full story in the video below and contact us today if you’re experiencing similar challenges.


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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 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.