Mother & teenage daughter beat their
phobia TOGETHER: “We’re cured!”

Katherine and Penelope – mother and daughter – both had emetophobia, a chronic fear of being sick or encountering vomit. As sufferers will know, this is a devastating phobia that can ruin lives. Along with the phobia came panic attacks and anxiety.

“I’ve had emetophobia since I was really young and sometimes it’s been really bad and other times I’ve just pushed it to the back of my mind” explains mum Katherine.

Penelope and her mother Katherine both had emetophobia!

When her daughter began displaying similar emetophobia symptoms, she thought life was really taking a turn for the worse as she now had to contend with her phobia as well. She describes curling up on the sofa and feeling totally helpless.

Like many sufferers, Katherine didn’t even realise her phobia had a name until she looked it up online, but realising that there was reliable help available proved to be the turning point.

Initially, Katherine worked her way through the Cure Your Emetophobia & Thrive book but felt that she needed some extra help in getting her daughter free of emetophobia.

So she got in contact with The Thrive Programme’s Mandy Willdig, a licensed Thrive Consultant, who guided the pair through the programme over a few sessions. They are now happy to report that they’re both free of emetophobia and loving life! Get in contact with your nearest Thrive Consultant today if you’re experiencing something similar in your life and want to make a change for the better.

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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.