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Hello! I'm new to this site, and I'm not quite sure if I'm doing this right but I thought I'd give it a try since I'm a long time struggler of anxiety and especially emetephobia. I'm 22 years old, and it seems this phobia has consumed my life. I deal with digestive issues and this certainly doesn't seem to help my phobia one bit! 

I always hated throwing up for as long as I could remember, but it seemed once I hit high school the fear took a turn for the worst. I would always have Dramamine on me in case I got nauseous. I would avoid people who were sick, even my own family, in case I caught it. I remember my mom was ill and vomiting I wouldn't leave my room for days and I would sanitize everything over and over and wash my hands almost constantly until I knew she was better. Then when I was 18, it finally happened. I had a severe sinus infection ending in vertigo, that I actually vomited from after years of avoiding it. After that experience my phobia became worse. I would carry zofran with me everywhere and when I got the slightest twinge that something was wrong I would take it as soon as I could and I would panic, and so on the fear continued to grow to an all time high. 

It started with acid reflux that was so severe I lost 30 pounds all together. I was scared to eat anything since it seemed I had heartburn 24/7. I could feel it in my throat and I was nauseated almost always, and it would send me into panic attacks multiple times a day, only making everything worse. It finally tapered down after a few months and it became bare able. I even gained my weight back, and I thought I was doing better. However, almost a year later I'm still dealing with the nausea and anxiety. I rarely leave the house, in fear I will become sick. My friendships and relationship is struggling because of this. I'm no longer able to do what I used to be able to do due to the sickness and anxiety that comes with it. I'm very depressed and very alone, and I was wonder how do you guys deal with this phobia? How do you get through the fear and anxiety and depression? 

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Hiya Lyssuuhh

 

Firstly a huge welcome to phobia support , secondly i am so sorry to read you have  and Anxiety and Emetophobia so severe   :mellow:

 

I  myself can relate  a bit as i have  severe agoraphobia and health anxiety etc 

 

Do yo mind me asking if you take any medications and if so do they help or see any counsellors etc 

 

Also please try our chat where others might have the same fears 

 

Again a huge 154welcome.gif

love dino

xXx

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Hello Dino! Thank you so much. I am currently on Remeron and I take xanax for the panic attacks. I just started therapy a few weeks ago, however she's not so much aware of the emetephobia. 

The rememeron was seeming to help. I was sleeping better, I was feeling better, and then it seemed to just kick out on me! And it also seems to have been making me gain weight like crazy. 

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Hi 

I'm so sorry for my late reply - just wanted to say i to a few years ago was on Remeron known also as Mitrazapine and had to come of them due to severe nausea -not saying that is causing your weight gain but worth asking your doctor if it is as a lot of these medications can -also hopefully let your therapist know about your emetophobia 

Good luck and i hope it all goes well 

love dino 

xXx

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