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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. 693 People

    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 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 71 Responses Jan 16, 2010

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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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    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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    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'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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    I find comfort in reading other people's

    experiences, so I would like to share mine in the hope it will relate closely to someone else's and help them. my name is Katie and I am 16 (17 next week) I have never liked being sick, in fact I've always been scared of it since I can remember. I only have 2 memories of being...
    princesskatie7 princesskatie7 16-17, F May 26

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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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    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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    It's a horrible phobia of vomit.

    . It is ruining my life. Can anyone relate? I'd love some advice or help :(
    compulsivegrin compulsivegrin 18-21, F 3 Responses Feb 21

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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 2 Responses Jun 9

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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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    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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    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 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 2 Responses Jul 15

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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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    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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    Please Take The Time To Read:) :)

    Emetophobia is no joke. often times when i tell people that i have a fear of throwing up they tell me "oh dont worry, i hate throwing up too!" *PAUSE* "no, trust me you do not understand". they really dont understand, and its not their fault. My struggle with emetophobia began...
    kaylah123 kaylah123 18-21 9 Responses Jun 29, 2011

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    (Please Read!) My Story With Emetophobia

    For as long as I can remember I've had this intense irrational fear of throwing up. I did not become a slave to my phobia until about the time when adolescence hit. I began acting out. I would throw huge "fits" and my family told me that sometimes I would look like I was having a...
    emetophobic247 emetophobic247 18-21, F Feb 9, 2013

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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 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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    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 3 days ago

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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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    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 2 Responses Jun 21

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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 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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    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 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 2 Responses Mar 2

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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 2 Responses Feb 25

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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 18-21, F Jul 30, 2014

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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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    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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    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...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses May 10

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    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 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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    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'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 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 a week ago

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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 18-21, F Jun 25, 2014

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    I have had an intense fear of vomiting

    for as long as I can remember. I used to fear others vomiting around me, or even seeing it on TV or in movies (to the point where my parents had to screen everything before I watched it aka: enabling) but at some point I outgrew that phase and I am only concerned about whether...
    Einalem22 Einalem22 26-30, F 2 Responses Jul 14

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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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    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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    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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    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 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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