Emetophobia and panic attacks…Samantha
beat them both in a few weeks!

From a very early age, Samantha developed emetophobia and panic attacks and, as is the case with many suffering from this phobia, she struggled to find real help.

Many doctors didn’t understand the phobia and often prescribed sedatives to help her relax. With no real treatment available, Samantha became really ill and couldn’t hold down a job or have an active social life.

Samantha suffered from emetophobia and panic attacks for 18 years

She even had to get married in a private ceremony, for fear of having a panic attack if lots of people were present. Thankfully her husband was very understanding and supportive,

Samantha’s life was being ruined by this huge phobia of vomiting, called ’emetophobia’ (and sometimes called SPOV – Specific Fear of Vomiting) and she suffered for 18 years, along with panic attacks and anxiety issues.

Finally, she realised she had to conquer her phobia and panic attacks when she was talking about chemotherapy with her husband. Although she didn’t have cancer, she said that she would rather not have chemo treatment should she ever have cancer, in-case it made her sick. She would rather die than feel ill. At this point she began to seek out help.

She tried NLP, hypnotherapy, EMDR, CBT, exposure therapy.. none of these treatments worked. Eventually, she came across the story of Mary (http://www.emetophobia.co.uk/portfolio-items/marys-emetophobia-testimonial-2/), an 81-year-old former emetophobia sufferer who was cured using The Thrive Programme’s Cure Your Emetophobia & Thrive book.

After ordering the book and going through the programme with a Thrive Consultant – experts in dealing with this phobia – Samantha was pleased to announce: “After 18 years, I am not an emetophobic – I am a functioning person!”

The Thrive Programme is the most predictable cure for Emetophobia (the fear of being sick/vomit). In our recent research survey ALL 162 participants stated they were cured of their phobia. You can download the research from

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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.