Nine common emetophobia symptoms all sufferers will relate to

Are you one of the thousands of people (usually women) who suffer from a fear of being sick? This name for this terrible condition is ‘emetophobia’ – but many people don’t realise that it has a name at all!

In fact it’s common for people to be so embarrassed and ashamed of their fear that they don’t tell people anything about it, and some sufferers think they are the only person in the world to feel this way.  The Thrive Programme is THE most predictable way to overcome this awful phobia, so why not watch the videos of other people who got their lives back by working through Cure your Emetophobia & Thrive?






Below are nine symptoms that indicate you could be suffering from emetophobia, making you one of nearly 8% of the population who do:

  • Eating
    For many emetophobes, having a healthy pattern of eating is a real struggle. This can often lead to health problems, extreme weight-loss and even a misdiagnosis of anorexia. Daisy knew about eating problems caused by emetophobia first-hand: watch her videos to see what a struggle she had finding a cure, and how her life has been completed revolutionised as a result of The Thrive Programme.


  • Sleeping
    If you have emetophobia, a good night’s sleep might be a rare luxury. The fear of being woken with a stomach bug can lead you to suffering panic attacks, nausea and shaking. The long-term impact of this is severe exhaustion. Twelve-year old Molly could only sleep propped up on pillows – but she can now sleep soundly and her phobia is a thing of the past.


  • Working/studying Having emetophobia can have a huge impact on working (or studying) life. If you suffer from frequent panic attacks and little sleep, functioning ‘normally’ can be a real struggle. Suffering from emetophobia means it can be hard to concentrate, often leaving you feeling like a failure. If can be stressful to keep the phobia a secret from colleagues. For former sufferer, Rhi, emetophobia almost prevented her from going to university. She too has transformed her life with The Thrive Programme.


  • Traveling
    Traveling of any kind can become a huge problem for emetophobes. Anything from being a passenger in a car for half and hour, to long-haul flights and everything in between. Perhaps you rely on travel sickness  tablets or sedatives just to get them through (even if you’ve never actually been travel sick). However, for Jenni in Thailand, the desire to visit her relatives in the UK meant she had to conquer her fear, so she contacted a Thrive Consultant and soon found herself booking that flight!


  • Watching TV or films
    Many emetophobics avoid watching TV all together, unless it’s something they know is safe and has no reference to vomit or has any vomit scenes in it. They avoid watching TV with their families and friends for fear that something might come on that they cannot turn off and worry they might panic in front of other people. NB There is no exposure therapy in The Thrive Programme.


  • Socialising and Anxiety
    Emetophobes like Samantha have very little, if any, social life. They may push their friends aside or make excuses as to why they cannot go out. Places like restaurants, cinemas, day trips, pubs and clubs can be a real struggle to go to. Often the person won’t leave the house unless they have a full toolbag of pills, mints, and any other anti nausea or anti anxiety medications they can get their hands on to make them feel safe. ‘Cure your Emetophobia & Thrive’ shows you how to get your social life back, and to reduce your anxiety.


  • Taking medication
    Often emetophobes avoid taking pills and tablets. With nausea being such a commonly listed side effect to many medicines, this can be a source of great anxiety for sufferers. Often emetophobes would say they’d rather die than be sick and to this end they’ll avoid medical interventions (we’ve met people who’ve refused chemotherapy on these grounds). For emetophobe Claire, she knew she was over her phobia when she found herself swallowing a tablet for the first time ever, without causing herself stress and anxiety. This was just the beginning and she started to live a life without fear.


  • Pregnancy
    Woman with emetophobia will often avoid pregnancy altogether because the fear of morning sickness is too frightening to contemplate. This can lead to a lot of regrets, guilt and contempt. Mary had emetophobia from childhood until she was over 80, when she finally drummed up the courage to complete ‘Cure your Emetophobia & Thrive’. Watch her video and be inspired to change your life today, especially if emetophobia is preventing you from starting a family.


  • Looking after Children
    Zoe’s emetophobia meant she wouldn’t even kiss her baby, for fear of catching germs. Emetophobes can be amazing, loving and attentive parents, but for some if feels like caring for an ill child is like watching a ticking timebomb. In itself this is terrible for your self-esteem, but the good news is this can all be a thing of the past. You’ve nothing to lose with The Thrive Programme, and it is THE proven and predictable way to get your life back just like these former emetophobes did!


To buy a copy of ‘Cure your Emetophobia & Thrive’, click here.  A young person’s version is also available here.

To contact a qualified Thrive Consultant for a FREE initial consultation and information about booking a course, click HERE.

Also, if you’ve overcome your phobia with The Thrive Programme, we’d love to hear your story. Get in touch today!