Brave mum couldn’t even kiss her son thanks to Emetophobia!

Zoe is in her late 30s and has suffered from emetophobia –  a fear of being sick or encountering vomit – for as long as she could remember, but the condition became worse when she had a child because of the increased levels of germs and sickness. It was a really challenging time for her.

Her phobia was dominating her life to the extent that she couldn’t go to certain places – pubs and restaurants, for example – and it was on her mind constantly. Thousands of times a day, in fact. Zoe’s condition eventually got so bad that she couldn’t kiss her little boy goodnight and had to cancel a holiday to Turkey for fear of getting ill.

Zoe with the book that she highly recommends for any emetophobes

After speaking to a friend who had been through a similar experience and had successfully been treated through The Thrive Programme, Zoe contacted a Thrive Consultant and was instantly impressed by the way he understood her phobia and the problems it causes. She also loved the book Cure Your Emetophobia & Thrive.

Zoe concluded: “I feel that I’m pretty much over it – i’m 90% of the way there. But I don’t panic over things any more, I don’t dread the word ‘sick’ either. I’m so pleased I found this programme and I recommend it to anybody who is going through this.”

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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.