Emetophobia Recovery System: Overcome Your Fear of Vomiting
Many people struggle with the fear of vomiting and have their days and thoughts interrupted by their need to avoid vomit and situations that may make vomiting a possibility. It’s called emetophobia, it’s dangerous, it ruins lives, and it CAN be successfully overcome.
What would your life be like WITHOUT emetophobia?
The freedom to eat what you want, when you want, with who you want?
Ending the anxiety that comes with the constant fear in in the pit of your stomach?
Being able to not feel “on guard” against coming in contact with or being around vomit or someone that might throw up?
Not having to hide your fear from people or be embarrassed? A life in secret is no way to live, believe me.
Being free of limitations that rob you of your enjoyment of life?
Having the ability to finally concentrate on work or school instead of your phobia?
Taking the next step in your life without worrying about how you’ll accommodate it with the new responsibilities?
Knowing that your children can look up to you and not be influenced by your reaction to this horrible condition?
Ending the obsessing, anxiety, and panic attacks that come with the fear. Being able to just breathe out a sigh of relief that it’s over…
There are TWO reasons your emetophobia is so powerful…
If you struggle with emetophobia, you know how powerful the fear can be.
Emetophobia isn’t like other fears or phobias. If you have a fear of flying, you can drive or take the train. If you have a fear of dogs, you can be pretty confident that you can go to a restaurant without one sniffing around under the table. But when you have a fear of vomit, it’s radically different than the fears you hear about much more often. Why is that?
Emetophobia gets it’s incredible power because of two things.
First, when you’re emetophobic, your fear is virtually inescapable.
Sure, you can avoid hospitals, or sick people, or other places where you might expect to come in contact with vomit, but what about everyplace else? You can never rule it out completely and let your guard down so you can enjoy the present moment. The possibility of coming in contact with vomit, or vomiting yourself, is ALWAYS there to some degree… like it’s stalking you.
Second, when you’re afraid of vomiting, what you’re ultimately afraid of…. is YOU.
And that’s REAL scary, because as fast as you run, no matter where you try and hide, you’re always there. You become your own worst enemy.
In years past, we didn’t know a lot about it or how to treat it. Therapists tried with good intentions to help those suffering with it, but the strategies they knew from working with other phobias often just weren’t right for it and sometimes could even made the condition worse!
Emetophobia CAN be successfully overcome and your life CAN change for the better…
The good news is that there’s been tremendous progress made that can give you the ability to overcome it and anxiety, so you can recover fully and lead a better and less fear-filled life than what you are currently, often without ever visiting a therapist, taking medication, or forcing yourself to throw up (that hardly ever works).
It used to be thought that it was something you would just have to live with and endure, but now we have evidence that just isn’t true. Now we know it CAN be overcome and there’s a TON of people that used to struggle with it that are living better lives as evidence.
One of the reasons for the advancement is the greater awareness and recognition of the condition in the psychological community, and I’m very proud to say that I run the International Emetophobia Society, the largest community for emetophobics anywhere in the world, with over 15,000 members and growing daily.
This is life with emetophobia…
Constantly guarding yourself against any contact with sick people or illness, even your own children, so you don’t get a stomach bug or norovirus, or something else that could cause nausea or vomiting.
Being plagued by constant anxiety or panic attacks – terror that your worst fears will come true or that you’ll lose control over the situation you’re trying so desperately to hold together.
Eating in restaurants or other people’s homes can be impossible since you can’t control the kitchen and it’s cleanliness.
Feeling like your whole day is spent thinking about how you can avoid vomit or someone that might vomit, and what would happen if you can’t escape it. Not being able to control your thoughts can be so scary…
Avoiding traveling by plane, bus, or boat because you’re just too concerned it would make you nauseous.
Eventually becoming housebound or only being comfortable in your “safe places” you’re familiar with and feel you have some control over.
Obsessing about cleanliness and germs. Washing or sterilizing everything when you cook or do things around the house so you don’t get a germ that will make you ill and result in your throwing up.
Putting off starting a family because you can’t bear the thought of morning sickness.
Spending hours researching a prescription, and if you’re given one that lists “nausea” as a side effect, *tossing it into the trash can.
Worrying that something will happen to you and you’ll need to be hospitalized. Hospitals are FULL of sick people!
Making career choices around your fear or avoiding school because of your anxiety and fear.
Trying to find the best anti-emetics to help with your symptoms instead of overcoming the REAL problem once and for all.
Being extremely underweight since you’ll only eat what you consider “safe” foods.
Not telling a soul about your fear because you’re sure people will think you’re weird because your phobia is “dirty” and embarrassing. It can be so lonely and scary to live with it.
Others are hyper concerned if others are about to vomit, whether they have valid reason to think so or not.
Many suffer from depression, are on medication, and have other phobias besides emetophobia or even have panic attacks.
There’s almost no limit to what an emetophobic will go through to avoid being around vomit. Some people are able to blame it on some traumatic event involving vomiting that happened to them in the past, but many have no clue where it came from.
You CAN recovery completely from it.
You’re not afraid of vomiting because you’re strange, a coward, or weak. You’re afraid because your anxiety has tricked you into associating vomit or vomiting with danger and mislabeled it as a “threat”
Your fear is simply a reaction to the message your mind sends. When your brain perceives something to be dangerous, it does what’s it’s supposed to do – it sounds your internal alarm that alerts you to avoid the threat and protect yourself using any means necessary!
But it’s all a big mistake! A giant misunderstanding.
Somehow your mind has wrongly learned that vomiting equals danger.
Whenever you even THINK about vomit, you get flooded with scary, obsessive thoughts and an overwhelming urge to avoid the “threat” as your mind take drastic measures to keep you safe.
This activates what is called the “fight or flight” response, which causes your body to take massive and immediate action to protect itself, whether the threat is real or imagined!
It doesn’t occur on a rational level, so why treat it on one?
This instinctual response takes place in a very primitive part of your brain called the “R-complex”, otherwise known as the reptilian brain. This ancient part of your brain doesn’t use intelligence or logic to make decisions, it just ACTS, which is why knowing that your fear is unnecessary and the threat isn’t real often doesn’t matter. Your fear has nothing to do with your intelligence or critical thinking ability… the decision to get anxious or panic about vomiting isn’t occurring on a rational level you can easily control.
Once this response is triggered, within a fraction of a second, stress hormones cascade through your body which cause symptoms such as racing thoughts, a pounding heart, vision changes, sweating, a strong urge to escape the situation, and more. Of course you know that this response isn’t appropriate when you’re not in real danger, so you need to learn how to teach your brain to respond differently so it doesn’t keep getting tricked into starting the fight or flight reaction when there’s no need to.
The core of the problem is that your mind has wrongly learned to associate vomiting and your anxiety with danger, but you don’t yet know how to teach it the truth and put an end to the unnecessary reaction of fear. But it IS possible and you CAN learn how to respond differently and teach your brain a new way.
Your emetophobia is what’s called a “conditioned” response.
Every time you even think about vomit, you remember how you responded the last time you had those thoughts and your brain make the wrong assumption that since you considered it a threat THEN, it should respond the same way NOW, and it activates the flight or flight response we talked about earlier and the cycle begins all over again. It is the result of this repetitive cycle of thoughts, behaviors, and responses that have been repeated and learned…
Your fear gets stronger the more you “practice” it… you need to teach yourself a NEW WAY.
This “learning” of anxiety is done by the formation of what are known as “neural pathways” in your brain. Every time you have similar thoughts about vomit in the future and experience anxiety and fear, you create MORE neural pathways that strengthen your fear response, resulting in a faster and more severe reaction of anxiety or panic. You actually “train” yourself to be afraid!
Think back to when you first learned how to ride a bicycle.
When you were first starting out, you had to pay very close attention to what you were doing, and you probably even fell a few times trying to maintain your balance as your brain learned and created the neural pathways required for bike riding.
As you continued to practice, those neural pathways grew stronger and multiplied, and you fell less often as you learned how to make all the minor adjustments to balance required for bike riding. If you think about it, bike riding is pretty compliciated… you need to constantly balance, steer, pedal, pay attention to where you’re going, all at the same time!
Despite the complexity of the task, within a relatively short amount of time, you learned to ride a bike without conscious thought, the reactions and coordination needed became instinctual and you no longer had to “think” about bike riding… you just DO IT AUTOMATICALLY.
Even now, years later, you could hop on a bike and pedal away without giving it a second thought, even if you hadn’t ridden a bike since childhood! All because of the neural pathways you created a long time ago…
In a similar way, as you create more neural pathways in your brain around vomiting, illness, and fear, you make your reaction of anxiety more automatic, more deeply entrenched in your brain, until that anxious reaction occurs without you even thinking about it. This is why your emetophobic reaction now seems so much a “part of you” and why it can happen so incredibly quickly and powerfully.
The key to overcoming it is to replace your incorrect and limiting neural pathways of anxiety and replace them with new, better, and more accurate neural pathways of confidence, inner security, and calm. Here’s how I believe you can do exactly that…
By now, it’s probably obvious why what you’ve tried before hasn’t worked.
All of what we’ve been talking about occurs on a very emotional level, and is why so many other solutions and therapies for it often fail. They attempt to correct an emotional problem on a logical level… it just won’t work!
Traditional talk therapy often attempts to “explain” to you why you don’t need to be anxious about vomiting and the way you feel. Do you think you just need more rational arguments? Do you think you just need someone to tell you why having it doesn’t make logical sense and you’ll feel ok?
Like you learned, once it starts, your fear can be virtually out of your control. Logical arguments with yourself and talking it over won’t stop your anxiety any more than you can talk yourself out of a toothache. You need to learn to stop your anxiety BEFORE it starts.
It’s not about taking addictive or dangerous medications that may only mask the symptoms of the TRUE problem. It’s not about phony New Age miracle cures, hypnosis, affirmations, or other nonsense that often does NOTHING to help you conquer your emetophobia.
Introducing… The Emetophobia Recovery System: Overcome Your Fear of Vomiting
The metophobia Recovery System: Overcome Your Fear of Vomiting has become one of the most widely used and recommended programs for overcoming emetophobia anywhere in the world for one very simple reason, it changes lives.
The metophobia Recovery System: Overcome Your Fear of Vomiting is helping people just like you who used to struggle with it lead different and better lives.
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Emetophobia Recovery System: Overcome Your Fear of Vomiting