Fear of Vomiting Treatment
Having an excessive or irrational fear of yourself and /or others vomiting (emetophobia) can restrict your life. You may fear feeling nauseous and seeing or hearing other people vomit. Vomit phobia may affect what you eat, where you go, who you associate with and the activities you engage in.
Some people feel mildly apprehensive whereas others may have a full blown panic attack.
Although you may have had vomit phobia for a long time ( e.g. since childhood) you can overcome your phobia of vomit/vomiting once you know to confront your fears appropriately You go at your own pace and are in control of what you do. It is possible to improve your condition and some people completely eliminate their symptoms.
If you are tired of worrying whether you and/or someone else is going to vomit and find that your life is handicapped by your fear, call now to get help on 0429 883671.
A clinical psychologist is available online or face to face in Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria to assist you to overcome your vomit phobia.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic you can have psychology treatment without leaving home via the telephone or online. The telephone and online sessions are bulk billed for Commonweatth concession card holders.
Face to face Sessions are still available and are also Medicare rebateable.
Low income health care card holders and small business owners are bulked billed provided they have a mental health care plan and a separate referral letter stating the number of sessions authorised.
You do not have to have a referral from your doctor to get treatment but if you wish to get the Medicare rebate you need to get a mental health care plan and a separate referral letter stating 6 sessions.
Vomit Phobia Symptoms include, but are not limited to:
Fear of Vomiting Child
Parents often present for treatment as they are having difficulty coping when their children are ill. Parents who have a vomit phobia may find they are constantly monitoring their children’s health and living in fear that their offspring will bring home gastroenteritis from crèche or school.
Fear of Others Vomiting
Unfortunately not only do vomiting children trigger anxiety, but sick family members, friends, work colleagues and even strangers can trigger anxiety. You may find yourself avoiding sick adults or children because of your fear of others vomiting. You may also avoid certain situations or activities because of this fear e.g. hospitals, doctor’s surgeries, being around people who are drunk, going on amusement rides, travelling on planes and boats, and even medical procedures as you fear you may vomit from the anaesthetic.
How Do You Treat Vomit Phobia?
Vomit phobia is treated with cognitive behavioural therapy. A psychologist can assist you to overcome your vomit phobia.
The psychologist needs to understand your symptoms:
Emetophobia suffers often also have other anxiety and mood disorders such as :
so your psychologist will check whether you have any co-existing diagnoses
CBT treatment of vomit phobia aims to
The vomit phobia sufferer needs to be exposed to the physical symptoms associated with vomiting and nausea. Therefore you deliberately induce the feared physical symptoms associated with nausea and vomiting which trigger anxiety, e.g. by hyperventilating or spinning as these behaviours can create feelings of dizziness, nausea and light headedness.Yout repeatedly practice exposing yourself to the physical sensations of dizziness, nausea and lightedheadness until your anxiety drops significantly.
The vomit phobia sufferer also needs to expose themselves to their environmental triggers. An exposure hierarchy is generated by you in collaboration with your psychologist. and then you then you begin by confronting items lower on your hierarchy and once a less anxiety provoking trigger is conquered you move onto the next item up the hierarchy. For example, if tyou have been avoiding going to your doctor’s waiting room you need to repeatedly sit in the waiting room until your level of anxiety about doing so drops to a low level.
Vomit phobia sufferers who fear vomiting themselves should, where appropriate, be exposed to simulated vomiting and drawings, photos, videos and sounds of vomiting.
Comorbidity in Emetophobia ( Specific Phobia of Vomiting). Sykes M, Boschen, M.J., and Conlon, E.G. (2016) Clin Psychol Psychother.2016 Jul; 23(4): 363-7.doi: 10.1002/cpp.1964.Epub2015 May 28.