Claire was desperate to start a family but, suffering from severe emetophobia, she didn't think was possible. The thought of being pregnant or having a child was terrifying in-case it resulted in her being exposed to vomit. The condition is more common than many realise.Like many emetophobes, Claire kept her condition secret but it effected every aspect of her life, from not wanting to go out for dinner or drinks to starting a family. She was desperate for help.
After trying various treatments, including CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) which didn't work at all, she found 'Cure your Emetophobia and Thrive' and hasn't look back. The programme, designed by Rob Kelly, has a great track record of curing this phobia and is easy to follow, as Claire found out when she sailed through the course, which only takes a few weeks. She is now 100% better and doesn't flinch even when a friend is sick nearby!
After going through the programme, Claire fulfilled her dream of starting a family and is now mother to a happy, bouncing two-year-old.
As well as conquering her emetophobia, Claire has improved her self-esteem, resilience and overall wellbeing to lead a Thriving life free of anxiety and phobias.
She is now looking forward to a long and happy motherhood, as well as trying lots of new foods and experiences that were previously off limits.
If you've tried CBT for emetophobia and like Claire got nowhere, why not have a free trial of The Thrive Programme online? see www.emetophobia.co.uk for more details.
The Cure Your Emetophobia & Thrive programme was devised by experienced psychotherapist Rob Kelly, who has spent 25 years helping people with various issues around phobias and mental health.
Since its launch in 2007, Cure Your Emetophobia & Thrive has become the most reliable and successful way of curing this life-changing phobia and there are hundreds of testimonials available confirming its effectiveness. The programme is available via a book, one-to-one sessions with a Thrive Consultant or via Skype.
Emetophobia, the fear of vomiting, is one of the most common phobias - 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). Somewhere between around 63,000 and 5.5 million people in the UK suffer from emetophobia.
Cure Your Emetophobia & Thrive was launched in 2007 by psychotherapist Rob Kelly, utilizing his 20-plus years of experience in curing phobias to design a reliable and predictable treatment for emetophobics. Since then, thousands have changed their lives and now live phobia-free.
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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.