Jen was told by the NHS that she was too severe to ever be cured of her emetophobia – but now she’s over it!

This is the very lovely Jen.  She had two other other phobias as well as her SEVERE emetophobia. We exchanged a few messages when she was going through the programme in 2017 and was really struggling.

Jen was told by the NHS that she was too severe to ever be cured of her emetophobia - but now she's over it!

Jen was told by the NHS that she was too severe to ever be cured of her emetophobia – but now she’s over it!

She is happy for me to post some of her comments here:

” I was told by NHS mental health services I’m too severe to ever be cured of my phobias”

“…Spent all the money I have on doing this with a consultant and 8 weeks on still struggling with emet more than I ever have before. When I started this course my GP had “diagnosed” me with a breakdown. Had been bed bound for four months. Wasn’t eating solid food etc. Can you still be so confident that I can reach a cure? My hope is fading. I blog about this programme and my progress. I shout out about it to anyone and everyone. I believe in this thing, I do. It has taught me so much and I know it will set me up for life but my symptoms are still so present. This programme is my last hope but now my sessions with the consultant are technically over, where am I going wrong that I’m not “cured”?”

“…can imagine my slight concern that I’m no where near where I wanted to be, that elusive “cure”!”

” …I was putting in too much effort before I had the knowledge and beliefs to put effort in the right place so I was having a good few days and then crashing again. I watched your PACE video which helped. My own perfectionism was putting too much pressure on me to be 100% better.”

“Sorry for messaging. Just worried as I was told by NHS mental health services I’m too severe to ever be cured of my phobias (diagnosed with three), and this thrive programme is my last hope. My last chance to say to them eff you, you’re wrong.”

The struggles Jen refers to are very common when attempting to overcome major phobias and anxieties – particularly a phobia as bad/difficult as emetophobia.   Emetophobia is a pathological fear of sickness and vomit, or watching others being sick.  It’s sometimes called ‘vomit phobia’ and SPOV (specific fear of vomiting).

Jen persevered with The Thrive Programme – with the help of one of our expert Consultants – and is now over her emetophobia.  You can watch her video testimonial bellow:

 

You can read more about Jen’s journey with Thrive Consultant Cara Ostryn here

Jen was told by the NHS that she was too severe to ever be cured of her emetophobia – but now she’s over it! Would you like to overcome yours?

Here are some quick links to help you navigate this site:

What is emetophobia (sometimes called ‘SPOV’, ‘vomit-phobia’, or ‘a fear of being sick’)?
The emetophobia severity scale
How much do you know about emetophobia?
What is The Thrive Programme?
Research into how effective our programme is
General emetophobia research
Where can I buy your book?
Where can I find a Thrive Consultant to help me?