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I Have Emetophobia

Emetophobia anonymous support group with information on diagnosis, treatment, symptoms, along with personal stories and experiences with Emetophobia. You're not alone. 706 People

    I have this phobia and I feel like I'm the only

    one that has it. I've never seen or talked to anyone else that has had it. So if anyone wants to talk about there's, I'd be open to talk.
    Jayymayyyy Jayymayyyy 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 26

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    Emetophobia has nearly ruined me.

    Due to the severe and prolonged stress of graduate school and full-time employment (yes, together), I developed terrible gastritis and GERD. To anyone else, a nuisance. To me, a nightmare. The nearly lethal combination caused me to drop so much weight that I only narrowly...
    marinderso marinderso 26-30 1 Response Apr 16

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    Oh, Emetophobia....

    ...you have caused me much trouble over the years. :) I have all types of emetophobia -- I am deathly afraid of getting sick, of anyone else getting sick, or of vomiting sounds. :P Once when I was younger, my brother had the flu and we were driving home from the mechanics (our...
    aliadele aliadele 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 5, 2011

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    Not Safe For Sensitive Stomachs!

    I believe my fear originates from when I was a very young child, maybe three or four years old. I was in the bath with my cousin, who was a year younger than I and was eating a blue crayola crayon bar of soap- I mean, literally taking bites of it. "You try!" So I licked it, and...
    Obsequity Obsequity 22-25, F 7 Responses Feb 7, 2013

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    This phobia is getting worse

    and worse for me. I don't know what to do. I have no way of controlling it and I have panic attacks most days because of it. No one understands and I'm ashamed and embarrassed to admit to it. I feel like I'm pathetic even though it's something I can't help. Anyone who...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses May 20

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    I need help! It's getting to be

    that time of year again and I don't remember the last time it's been this bad! I am trapped in a high school where everyone is catching nasty colds and the worst: the stomach bug. I have been become more paranoid as I hear more and more about my friends getting sick. I am on...
    brancappuchino brancappuchino 16-17 1 Response Dec 18, 2014

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    To anyone who thinks

    that emetophobia is funny... Just remember.... I've met someone who has had cancer and emetophobia in her life. She said that the cancer was more tolerable than her emetophobia. I've also heard of people who have tried to kill themselves over emetophobia and have gotten...
    SparkleSwirl SparkleSwirl 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 25

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    And I Thought I Was The Only One....

    I am 28 years old, and have been suffering this horrid fear for as long as I can remember.  I do not know how or when it started!  I never really even did any research on the issue until last night.  I am feeling absolutely horrible because my boyfriends daughter was sick...
    nmw2383 nmw2383 26-30, F 6 Responses Dec 19, 2011

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    My name is James and I've been an emetophobe

    for as long as I can remember. I'm better now than I have been in past years, but emetophobia and related panic attacks remain very much a part of my life (and I fear they always will be). I can trace my worst phase of emetophobia from the time I was thirteen. I'd last been...
    Rigoletto87 Rigoletto87 26-30, M 1 Response May 6

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    I am a 19 year old college student

    and I am an emetophobic. I don't like anything about getting sick . its been that way for a long time but it has gotten worse recently . I don't get sick a lot but I think about it everyday. but this is such a problem in my life because I have a beautiful 1 year old. babies get...
    cnenicole2014 cnenicole2014 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 18

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    It has been a long struggle

    for me, and it is time that I talk about it. I am too afraid to go to a therapist, and I don't know where to turn, but getting it out there has to be a start, right?? When I was 13 years old, in March of 2004, I had a lifechanging experience-- but I didn't know how...
    katmuss katmuss 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 5, 2014

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    I'm so afraid of this I don't

    even like to say the word or see it or hear the word being said or hear the sound of someone doing the action. If I even start to feel nauseous best believe I will break down and cry. I have a fear of people getting sick in front of me and a fear of getting sick myself. Growing...
    loveableweirdo loveableweirdo 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 27, 2013

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    My battle with emetophobia has been gradual

    sense middle school. The last time I puked was in sixth grade a few nights before a big trip. I only did once that time I was sick. The times before didn't bother me at all. But something was different about this one. It triggered anxiety and made me feel horrible. Sense that...
    Veronicaleann621 Veronicaleann621 18-21, F May 26

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    I've suffered from emetophobia

    for the past 20 years. The older I'm getting, the more I'm realizing how many things I'm missing out on because of it. I'd love to have children, but the fear of morning sickness is holding me back. To be fair,though, I can probably count how many times I've v'ed in my life on...
    callmebecky callmebecky 22-25, F Aug 7

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    I'm 18 years old and have been suffering from

    emetophobia since I was 5. I have been to 11 different cognitive therapists and 3 psychiatrists. I am new to medication. I was put on it last December as a last resort option. My mother never wanted me to be dependent on medication to help me, but at a point it seemed as if we...
    Saugustam Saugustam 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 26, 2014

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    I have always had this fear

    since I can remember. I will only tell you my first experience of feeling this fear; as some stories may trigger you. I was probably in the sixth grade. My friends and I were downstairs in my room watching TV. A cheesy ghost hunters show was on and we only watched about 2...
    cherryxxbomb cherryxxbomb 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 20, 2014

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    My Story

    I've had this phobia for as long as I could remember. The first time I can recall anything was when I was younger and I used to listen to relaxation tapes to help me sleep when I got worried I was going to get sick. Then it seemed I grew out of it but...
    Midnightangel727 Midnightangel727 36-40, F 7 Responses Apr 14, 2009

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    This phobia has taken over my life,

    I have such a difficult time going to school ,ive missed 47 days because of my daily nausea . Will it ever get better I wonder
    ewryan ewryan 18-21, T 2 Responses May 31

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    I play on a team and often times our teammates

    share things. I needed chapstick one time at a game and one of my teammates handed me her chapstick and I used it, then gave it back. Immediately after I handed I back she started telling me how sick she was the day before and how she couldn't keep anything down... why the hell...
    orangedots orangedots 22-25, F 3 Responses Jul 15

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    I've known I'm emetophobic

    for over 8 years now. Anytime I feel nauseous, I have panic attacks and get really bad anxiety. My husband and close family know so they do their best to try and calm me down if I'm panicking. I am now almost 5 months pregnant and so far so good, I'm grateful to not have gotten...
    cutiepie427 cutiepie427 22-25, F 2 Responses Jan 21

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    Afraid Of Throwing Up

        I always hated throwing up as a little kid (well, who doesn't?) but dealt with it all the same, as it only ever happened very few times. But the last time that I vomited, which was about six years ago at age 10, I developed emetophobia. I still...
    HeartsWillHold HeartsWillHold 18-21, F 8 Responses Feb 17, 2010

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    I am 23 years old and have suffered with

    emetophobia for as long as I can remember. I can recall a few instances that I can only assume it stemmed from, the main being when I got severe food poisoning from my school when I was extremely young, I don't even remember it in much detail but from how my Mum has described it...
    sashanic0le sashanic0le 22-25, F 3 Responses Oct 18, 2014

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    when I was 7 years old there was a school trip

    that I didn't know about and I usually took tablet before going on busses,cars,trains and ships because I was travel sick (I'm not any more) but since I knew nothing about the school trip I didn't take them and when we got on the bus i started to feel ill and when got out the...
    Poisonx3 Poisonx3 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 24

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    It's been several years

    and now I'm 15 (sophomore in hs) and I'm finally understanding what I have. I have constant panic attacks and so far I've had three really bad ones since school started. I dread school so much and constantly feel sick. I'm losing weight and I don't eat lunch or anything because...
    helloo12121 helloo12121 13-15, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Lauryl's Story. (Detailed.)

    My name is Lauryl, and I’m eleven, almost twelve years old. I have emetophobia, and also Occupational Compulsive Disorder. I’m not really sure when this all began. I last threw up when I was five or six years old, though I try hard not to think about that because it...
    LaurylsRoses LaurylsRoses 16-17, F 3 Responses Oct 2, 2013

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    my emetophobia is pretty bad.

    just the idea that my mum might vomit puts me into panic mode if she coughs instantly i feel like a sensitive scared jumpy cat the sound of vomit is the WORST for me. im okay with the look but its the sound that makes me want to die. i always feel like im gonna pass out because...
    izzzy098 izzzy098 13-15, F Jul 25

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    The Life Of An Emetophobe

    Do you know what it's like to be an emetophobe? Not many people do. But I do. Emetophobia is the fear of throwing up. I just thought I should share what life is like for an emetophobe... ~ School is one of the worst places for an emetophobe, other than a McDonald's Playplace...
    thekingslady thekingslady 16-17, F 6 Responses Feb 7, 2013

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    Honestly I think the bravest thing I've ever

    done is to hold my boyfriend while he was being sick in the bushes.
    StarsxSunsets StarsxSunsets 18-21, F Jul 30

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    Over the past month or

    so my emetophobia has taken a turn for the worst. I am so scared of vomiting that I can hardly get a good nights sleep anymore as I'm constantly waking in the middle of the night having a panic attack. I use to be able to calm myself down quite quickly and efficient however as...
    hannahelise hannahelise 18-21, F 2 Responses Aug 6, 2014

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    My motto for stomach pains is "better out

    than in, better down than up"
    StarsxSunsets StarsxSunsets 18-21, F Jul 30

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    I have Emetophobia since i was in 10th.

    But now its on extreme level it has made my life like hell, I understand it is just problem of my mind or fear in my mind but why it is that much extreme. I take breakfast, lunch and dinner alone, i want to go and hangout with friends but always give some excuse to save my self...
    sandy997366 sandy997366 26-30, M 2 days ago

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    Key to the

    following: *Action* -Thought- (spoken words) *Wakes up* *Gets out of bed and brushes teeth* -Not good enough- *Brushes teeth again* -That doesn't sanitize it though- *Mouth wash but wont spit it out because 30 seconds isn't long enough* *Goes to kitchen with mouth wash still...
    Exiledmoths Exiledmoths 22-25, F 3 Responses Jan 31, 2014

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    I suffer from emetophobia

    and this year it is horrible. I have the beginnings of an eating disorder,and literally wash my hands raw; I am petrified of public places, seriously stay up all night worrying about throwing up. I have had this ever since I have been young; now that I am an adult I think its...
    hdd3 hdd3 18-21 1 Response Jan 13, 2014

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    I haven't posted here in a while,

    but sometimes I find that it can be calming and therapeutic to get these thoughts, feelings, and experiences into writing. I have a wonderful support group in my life-- my fantastic husband, my mom, my best friend Tarah, and one of my other best friends that I met on here named...
    katmuss katmuss 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 8, 2014

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    I Cant Deal With This Fear Anymore

    I have been afraid of throwing up since I could remember, but it never really affected my life until i was 17, I have no idea why - I havent thrown up since I was 13 & I'm 20 now. So why did it affect me at 17 hardcore? I didnt experience anything to make it so crazy...
    trixiee trixiee 18-21, F 73 Responses Jan 16, 2010

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    I'm sick of being afraid of getting sick

    and puking. It's tiring.
    cassieondra cassieondra 22-25, F 3 Responses Jun 4

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    I feel like my emetophobia is beginning to rob

    me of my life. I want to be in control again! It's not fair that I and many others need to but up all night with this. Dear God please just make it go away. I will keep fighting it, that's my only option.
    bbenn916 bbenn916 18-21, F Aug 19

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    In 6th grade I had a terrible stomach flu.

    I "v'ed" at least 11 times most of which were bile and it was painful and disgusting. Ever since, I have been psyching myself out. A stomach gurgle turns to me sitting on the toilet all night praying I won't "v". It is driving me insane. I'm sixth grade I told myself I...
    Robored Robored 13-15, F 3 Responses Jun 21

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    I guess people are not

    as supportive as I thought they were on here... Smh.
    bbenn916 bbenn916 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 19

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    Terrified Of Vomit.

    I'm eighteen years old, and as far back as i can remember i've been deathly afraid of throwing up or being around anybody throwing up. It's overwhelming and causes me the worst anxiety! It never effected me as badly until i got a stomach bug after christmas 2 years ago, and...
    honeyxo honeyxo 18-21, F 11 Responses Apr 25, 2010

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    Please Read My Story - There Is Hope!! <3

    I have had emetephobia since I was six. I can locate the exact time and place I ‘got it’ (with thanks to therapy). I wanted to share with you all quite a sad story with a hopeful ending to anyone who is interested or would like to hear it. I would especially like for people...
    LIFELOVELAUGH LIFELOVELAUGH 18-21 8 Responses Nov 29, 2011

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    The fear is taking over my life.

    I find it hard to go to classes and I have no social life anymore. I don't know what to do.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response May 8

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    I developed emetophobia at 16

    after getting food poisoning on a long car trip with family. It turned into agoraphobia and life was very hard for a long time. I take Zoloft, klonopin, Xanax, phenergan, and zofran and with them can lead a somewhat normal life. I have only V'd once in 17 years, it was from a...
    FightingForNormal FightingForNormal 31-35, F Aug 16

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    I have had severe heartburn problems

    since I was 7 and it made me have an intense fear of throwing up. I get it so bad that I throw up sometimes. It has affected my life so much that whenever someone says they feel sick I worry myself sick, and I feel nauseous. I am now 22 and when I go out and drink with my...
    sarahp1043 sarahp1043 22-25, F 4 Responses Mar 24

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    Hi--I've had a fear of throwing up ever

    since I was a child. I am 31 now, and I've actually found it's gotten somewhat worse as I've gotten older. I only say this because this past fall I had to start taking anti-anxiety pills because of panic attacks. At least once a day (and usually more), I panic that I'm going to...
    jennarmaxfield jennarmaxfield 31-35, F 3 Responses Jun 9

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    Some people are so arrogant

    and ignorant, it annoys me so much. Like yes, my phobia is real. Dumbass.
    bbenn916 bbenn916 18-21, F Aug 19