Fear of Vomiting
The Fear of Vomiting is known technically as Emetophobia and is thought to affect around 5% of the population in the UK!
Here at Tranceform Psychology Paul has expert knowledge and a thorough understanding of this problem and has helped literally hundreds of sufferers to beat their fear of vomiting using our highly effective Tranceformental CBT programme which is now available as a self-help course – see lower down this page.
Although Emetophobia is most prevalent in the female population there are also male sufferers.
We estimate the split to be around 90/10 with the higher female proportion probably being attributable to the fact that only females suffer ‘morning sickness’ due to pregnancy
The fear of vomiting is also known as the Fear of being Sick as well as Vomit Phobia.
Fears and phobias, regardless of what the feared object or circumstances are, always result is feelings of Anxiety and Stress for the sufferer, and Fear of Vomiting is no different to any other (irrational) fear.
Many people do not really understand or have a great deal of sympathy for people who suffer with the Fear of Vomiting as it may not be something they personally experience, however, for the person suffering this phobia, the stress and anxiety that they experience is real and not imagined. In fact, for the sufferer, the object or situation that triggers the phobia seems like a sensible thing to avoid!
The therapists at Tranceform are fully aware of this and will treat you and your Fear of Vomiting seriously when you consult us for help.
Just because somebody else doesn’t find the situations that give rise to the Fear of Vomiting particularly worrying, doesn’t mean that sufferers are in some way ‘stupid’ or dysfunctional – at some point the phobic response was ‘coherent’ and served a useful purpose.
The good news is that most people who suffer with the Fear of Vomiting can almost certainly learn the tools and techniques to manage their thinking more effectively and reduce, or completely eradicate, their phobia.
Fear of Vomiting Symptoms
The symptoms of the Fear of Vomiting are very similar to other specific phobias and will often include:
- Feelings of Panic, Dread or Terror
- Preoccupation with cleanliness
- Hyper-vigilance of ‘stomach’ rumblings
- Avoidance of people who have been ill
- Avoid Alcohol
- Insists on cooking own food
- Constantly checking ‘sell-by’ dates on food
- Being quick tempered
- Feelings of dizziness
- Difficulties in becoming motivated
- Prickly sensations like pins and needles
- Aches & Pains
- Fatigued Muscles
- Poor Quality of Sleep
Symptoms of the Fear of Vomiting may seem to occur automatically and can seem to take over a person’s thoughts.
When this happens it seems that the most natural thing to do is to develop a ‘strategy, of avoiding those situations which ‘trigger’ the problem. These strategies are collectively known as “Safety” or “Avoidance” behaviours.
Unfortunately, for the Fear of Vomiting sufferer, these safety behaviours often have the opposite effect and actually reinforce the phobia rather than solve it!
In some instances the Fear of Vomiting may be the result of negative emotional experiences in earlier life, or just as often can simply be something that happened more recently that has become the current ‘focus of attention’.
If not addressed sooner rather than later, the Fear of Vomiting can often become “normalised” and “accepted” as a limiting belief in that person’s life – “I’ll always have this phobia”.
In just as many cases, the Fear of Vomiting may have become worse over time as more and more sophisticated safety behaviours and routines are developed.
Almost every phobia responds well to psychological therapy.
Psychological Therapy for the Fear of Vomiting
Tranceform Psychology can offer a range of different psychological therapy solutions for the fear of vomiting which you can read about below.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for the Fear of Vomiting
If you’re committed to overcoming your emetophobia problems then we highly recommend following our Tranceformental CBT 10 session programme.
The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic mental health counselling course, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.
The programme is also available as an online self-help CBT programme.
Our Tranceformental CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.
Alternative Therapies for the Fear of Vomiting
Although our preferred form of mental health counselling for emetophobia is Tranceformental CBT we also offer alternative psychotherapies for those who might prefer a different approach.
General Counselling which is less structured but still provides a safe and non-judgmental environment to discuss issues which is therapeutic in its own right.
Free Initial Consultations for the Fear of Vomiting
We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial consultation to discuss your vomit phobia prior to commencing any treatment plans.
The consultation is free and lasts around 50 minutes.
During this consultation we will discuss the various therapy options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.
Initial consultations are also available as part of our online therapy service.
At Tranceform Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss any therapy treatments BEFORE proceeding.
Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.
Overcome the Fear of Vomiting with Our Online Self-Help CBT Programme – Only £99!
Self-help CBT has been shown to be highly effective for anxiety-related problems such as the Fear of Vomiting and can be carried out in the comfort of your own home.
Structured over TEN, in-depth modules, our Online Self-Help CBT course will teach you everything you need to know to change the way you think about and experience your phobia without having to visit a therapist.
Click Self-Help CBT for the Fear of Vomiting to find out more.