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Offline Furmom75

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Re: Any emetophobes out there?
« Reply #10 on: October 12, 2013, 05:24:28 PM »
Hello butterfly.  :action-smiley-065:

I too am emetophobic. It had been in check for many years. I have been having a horrible time with it this year. I live with my niece who has had a stomach virus on and off for 3 weeks now. I am now waking up with nocturnal panic attacks. I've never had that before.  It was a surprise to me to see all the responses of those who are also emetophobes!!  I'm really not alone!  I'd love to chat.
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Re: Any emetophobes out there?
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2013, 08:44:20 AM »
I've had a set back with my emetophobia, which is annoying as I was doing quite well with it. It had a knock on effect with my GAD too. Talking to people on this board and in the chat room has helped me loads though  :action-smiley-065:

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Re: Any emetophobes out there?
« Reply #12 on: November 09, 2013, 12:32:35 PM »
Hello, you are SO not alone, I'm deathly terrified of throwing up.  Even reading the word irks me.  It all started when I was very young, but I thought everyone was afraid of it so I didnt think I had a problem, until three years ago.  It has been almost 4 years since i have thrown up, and this time of year petrifies me.  However, I practice good hygiene, always wash my hands upon coming home from work, before eating after using the bathroom...i still freak though if I think that it is possible I could get sick.
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Re: Any emetophobes out there?
« Reply #13 on: November 09, 2013, 03:47:49 PM »
I was an emetophobe for years! I didn't go to school for most of those years and caused my parents a lot of heartache because of my phobia. Ironically  enough my emetophobia ended when I was about 12 around the time I developed Bulimia Nervosa. I was Bulimic for the next nine years. A therapist theorized that I developed Bulimia versus Anorexia because through purging, I alone was in control of when I vomited. I think that sounds plausible.

Now, I've gotten over the phobia and haven't been afraid of vomiting for 4, almost 5 years. I made it through pregnancy with three months of all day long 'morning sickness' and a stomach flu and consider myself not only a recovered Bulimic but also a recovered emetophobe.

You can absolutely beat this!
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Re: Any emetophobes out there?
« Reply #14 on: December 01, 2013, 06:28:57 PM »
Another emetophobe here!  :action-smiley-065:

I am currently in treatment for it and already seeing positive results. I have dealt with this since early adolescence and want to kick it in the butt so that I can deal with pregnancy and children.

It got so bad at certain points that I would be up all night pacing in my bedroom (for some reason I thought this repetitive behavior helped the nausea - made me feel like I was being proactive), hair pulled back, trashcan on my bed, ready to go "just in case". I would be a walking zombie after pacing for 3-4 hours but I would rather do that than be sick.
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Re: Any emetophobes out there?
« Reply #15 on: January 21, 2014, 07:07:13 PM »
I have it really bad, had it since about 1968 (the last time I actually threw up!).  When I hear "There's a stomach bug going around"  I can hardly eat, I spazz out.  When my daughter was little and would get a stomach ache if I didn't take a Xanax I'd be up the entire night bolting up right at any sound that she may be getting up to use the bathroom!  I'd go the whole next day maybe eating only 2 Oreos hoping that if there was no food in my stomach if I got sick there'd be nothing to throw up.  (I never did get sick from her, but that fear was debilitating)
When I make chicken I wash my hands about 50 times, I sterilize the counter, I cook like I am in a sterile environment (and maybe it works because my husband of 33 years has never had a stomach bug, my daughter is 26 and hasn't been sick like that since age 8 - so maybe the key is be very sterile with your cooking - they say MOST stomach bugs are actually food poisoning.  So you do have a lot of control.
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Re: Any emetophobes out there?
« Reply #16 on: February 20, 2014, 10:11:51 PM »
Oh, you are so not alone. I have had Emetophobia for maybe 15 years. No idea what set it off. I've tried CBT which provided me with some skills to pull apart and challenge my thoughts, but never rally liked the concept of constantly fighting my anxiety (it works so very well for lots of folks though). Recently, I've found Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and find that I'm really much more drawn to that. It focuses more on finding peace and letting the bad times pass by, instead of getting tangled up in the anxiety spider web. Definitely check both forms of therapy out bc they may help you!

Honestly, really scared tonight. Been off a SSRI for about 3/4 months bc I had gastritis and esophagitis and am starting a new one tomorrow. I chose Lexapro for no other reason than it doesn't tend to cause many folks to vomit - probably not the best way to choose an SSRI - but it comes with the territory.
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Re: Any emetophobes out there?
« Reply #17 on: March 05, 2014, 02:07:05 AM »
Hello,  :action-smiley-065:

I definitely have emetophobia! I am only 18 but let me tell you I have had it ever since grade school, I am PETRIFIED of vomiting! It is the scariest thing in the world to me, I had to leave high school because my anxiety attacks about throwing up were getting so bad.

I'm also 18, and I have emetophobia. I struggle with GAD, but as long as the symptoms aren't nausea, I can keep myself under control. But once the nausea kicks in, I lose my mind completely, and the anxiety destroys me. I have no idea how to deal with it.
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Re: Any emetophobes out there?
« Reply #18 on: March 06, 2014, 03:55:17 PM »
Hey! I know where you're coming from, I'm an emetephobe as well. Despite the fact that I joined Anxiety Zone because I'm petrified of elevators, I wanted to discuss my other phobias as well.  :yes:
I hate vomiting so much! I've been holding it in since, and I know it's not a good thing! It's not so much that I'm scared of throwing up out of nowhere in public... it's mainly because I hate the feeling and taste. I hate how you can feel all the bile contracting through your esophagus. Very icky  :sick0002:
Anyway, welcome to Anxiety Zone!  :action-smiley-065: I'm new here too. I hope you enjoy your time here!
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