Young man beats his vomit phobia (emetophobia)
& has powerful message for other sufferers

Although many emetophobia sufferers are female, there are a significant of male sufferers too. David is one such person; he’s had emetophobia for many years and has been experiencing panic attacks and anxiety on a very regularl basis.

David talking about his battle with emetophobia

As you can imagine, and as emetophobia sufferers know, the phobia can dominate your life – from work and school to social and home life, every aspect of an emetophobes lifestyle is affected. Eating habits and social situations are all carefully considered to avoid encountering sick / vomit or associated smells and sensations.

After finding The Thrive Programme online, David linked up with a Thrive Consultant to go through Cure Your Emetophobia & Thrive.

“I started to believe that I could cope with situations and process things internally, instead of thinking that things are always happening to me and I cannot do anything to cope,” said David on his first impressions of the course, which isn’t CBT, CRT therapy or medication-based. As he explains, he is now living a fulfilling life and is winning his fight against the phobia, thanks to this course.

Speaking to any emetophobia sufferers watching this video, David says: “You know emetophobia is taking your dreams and your happiness out of you – you are always worrying and always anxious. But I believe in you – you can start Thriving too!”

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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.