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Emetophobia anonymous support group with information on diagnosis, treatment, symptoms, along with personal stories and experiences with Emetophobia. You're not alone. 656 People

    I'm 26 years old, and

    since I can remember I've had this horrible fear, of seeing and hearing someone vomit, and myself vomiting. It has taken over my mind and my life, I'm literally afraid to live. I feel as if I'll always be this way, and it's caused me great Great Depression.
    sarahelizabeth88 sarahelizabeth88 26-30, F 1 Response Feb 16

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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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    I haven't been on this website in ages,

    but whenever I am feeling nervous about throwing up I come on here and read everyone's stories and I know I'm not alone. Normally, I would absolutely despise talking about this, but lately I have found it very calming. I started to keep a diary, but I feel as if it is more...
    lildancer09 lildancer09 16-17, F Jun 25, 2014

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    It all really started

    when I was ten years old. Growing up, I had a my mom, my dad (who was pretty abusive) and my younger brother. I was in fourth grade at the time. I remember waking up during the middle of the night in January feeling pretty bad. I tried to go back to sleep only to wake up again...
    joshsmommy082082 joshsmommy082082 31-35, F 1 Response Jan 30

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    People throw up at school

    and it makes me so anxious but i have question- i wonder if it gets worse in highschool? Does the vomitting occur more often there?
    pebblerin pebblerin 13-15, F 2 Responses Jan 8

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    Emetophobia Problem

    I'm only 13 years old and i have been suffering with this for 4 years.I have only told my parents and 2 of my best friends.I am embarassed by the situation so i don't want to see a therapist.I constantly ask people if they are feeling sick to their stomach,I have panic attacks if...
    ringettegirl99 ringettegirl99 13-15 2 Responses Mar 15, 2012

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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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    Thanks to my dad's long time friend pretending

    that he was going to throw up on me when I was really little. Even at 25 it's still the worst. Just feeling sick enough to throw up almost gives me a panic attack.
    Ramellan Ramellan 22-25, M 1 Response Dec 30, 2014

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    Anyone who I can talk to about this phobia?

    No one seems to understand and I feel like I'm going crazy. I get anxious about being sick then think my anxiety will make me sick and it keeps going in a cycle until I have a panic attack which is difficult to calm down from because of this seemingly endless cycle of anxiety...
    Kittyk22 Kittyk22 22-25, F 3 Responses May 10

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    HELP ME!! My roommate has the stomach flu!

    !!! I am seriously panicking and don't know what to do...my boyfriend disinfected the kitchen for me and took me to his place, but I had already touched the microwave right after she did and then ate finger food! And then as soon as I finished eating, I heard her gagging in her...
    hummingbirdbullets hummingbirdbullets 22-25, F 3 Responses Apr 2

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    My name is Marcelene,

    and I suffer from Emetophobia. Emetophobia is a fear of vomiting. I panic whenever I know someone feels nauseous or says they're gonna be sick. If I experience these things, I go into panic mode in which I immediately start feeling sick and shaky. There are moments every day in...
    marcelene1121 marcelene1121 26-30, F Mar 1

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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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    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 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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    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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    I am 22 years old and have had CRIPPLING

    emetophobia for as long as I can remember. In fact, my fear is so bad that I can't even stand to hear or read the "v" word...so browsing the experiences on this page has been pretty upsetting for me. My phobia is so overwhelming and intense that it sometimes makes me act...
    hummingbirdbullets hummingbirdbullets 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 2

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    so today i woke up with really bad stomach

    cramps so i just knew this was the stomach virus thank god no vomiting but i still feel like **** and cant stop crying so on top of havin really bad diarrhea i have to also chase my kids around the house i just want to die
    tinknjulsmommy tinknjulsmommy 22-25, F Mar 3

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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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    Help :(

    I'm seventeen years old and have had emetophobia since the age of around 7. My fear is other people vomiting, i can't be around people who feel sick, who are being sick and i dont like traveling as some people are travel sick. Even the sound of someone with a nasty...
    Melissa93 Melissa93 16-17, F 13 Responses Mar 5, 2010

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    tinknjulsmommy tinknjulsmommy 22-25, F 4 Responses Jan 22

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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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    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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    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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    Hi, I am new to this forum.

    I have a 15 year old daughter who gets extremely angry when her little sister who is 6, gets sick. She was throwing up today and my 15 year old screams down at me to get her to shut up. This has been going on for years. I thought she had no empathy but after doing some...
    peacefull99 peacefull99 41-45, F 1 Response Feb 25

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    WINTER SUCKS the stomach bug is going around

    where I live and it's killing me I can't stand this stupid phobia control me I need to find someone who can help me!!
    swimming03 swimming03 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 15, 2014

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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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    Emetophobia is controlling every aspect of my

    life. It is completely soul destroying :(
    sam3007 sam3007 26-30, F 3 Responses Feb 7

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    It started when i was on a cruise at a young

    age, i got so seasick that i was scared to go on another boat. Right after, i developed eating disorders because i was afraid to throw up. I would not eat. After a year or two i gradually forgot about it, as it never came up again until someone in class got sick and the rest of...
    pebblerin pebblerin 13-15, F 1 Response Jan 8

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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...
    Kittyk22 Kittyk22 22-25, F 1 Response 2 days ago

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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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    I am exactly the same.

    I have had this fear for as long as I can remember. Some days are worst then others. I got sick a lot as a kid, which lead to having a really negative horrible experience with V. Although through my early teenage years it went away. I didn't get sick for a really long time so I...
    Deeaness Deeaness 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 3

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    Emetophobe Since I Can Remember

    I grew up in a household with one sibling, a brother with tourettes, OCD, adhd, and aspbergers. I myself have OCD, as does my mom. I also have panic disorder. (my poor dad!) All i remember is that my brother threw up a LOT..it always bothered me more than I can explain. It has...
    jenchr3 jenchr3 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 2, 2011

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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 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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    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 wait till the stomach virus season is

    over so i can live in peace
    tinknjulsmommy tinknjulsmommy 22-25, F Feb 4

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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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    Oh the winter time.. I have grown up with the

    fear of vomiting. It has become a stressful factor of my life. I am now 21 years old and the more i endure life at this tender age the phobia is worsening. I have panic attacks and general anxiety where it leaves me debilitated. The simplest of thoughts leave me destroyed. The...
    laneymaee laneymaee 18-21, F 2 Responses Dec 11, 2014

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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 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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    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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    I have emetophobia,

    and have since about age 9. I came down with something when my dad was in Ireland and my mom was an emetophobe too so I felt so alone and scared. to this day, now 12 years later, I struggle. I work in a day care which makes me terrified of catching something from a child, but...
    jenidy jenidy 18-21, F 2 Responses May 12

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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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    Hello I'm Emily and I'm 15 my everyday battle

    with emetophobia is different every day today was particularly worse. I really need your guys advice on how to get through panic attacks. I can't handle this id rather die than get sick. This consumes my life all I do is eat mint because mint calms my stomach. I take gravol all...
    Emily0303 Emily0303 16-17, F Dec 8, 2014

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    I'M BLOGGING ABOUT MY EMETOPHOBIA :) visit my

    blog for tips on how to deal with it, and also to hear about my story.. xoxo jess http://angelicanxiety.blogspot.ca/
    lildancer09 lildancer09 16-17, F Jul 30, 2014

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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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