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Grace

Emetophobia sufferer

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I suffer with social anxiety and emetophobia. I'm really struggling with emetophobia at the moment I don't know how to cope with it. I've been to the doctors recently and they prescribed me with propranolol for social anxiety however she didn't seem to understand that I was telling her I have a fear of vomiting. I've been back since then and they still think social anxiety is the main issue I'm too embarrassed to say anything. 
I'm in sixth form and finding it really hard to attend lessons as I'm scared I'll be sick in the class, my attendance has dropped a lot. I feel sick every day, sometimes I know it's just psychological however most of the time such as now I'm convinced that I'll actually throw up. I don't know what I can do it limits everything and when I feel like I'll actually be sick I feel as though I'd rather die than live through it 
 

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Hi Grace 

Firstly my apologies for my late reply 

Have you spoken to your doctor or a therapist regarding all the above if not i suggest you do as there is no shame about any of your phobias etc 

I also hope that you can overcome your fear of being embarrased about saying anything regarding your main fear of emetophobia 

Also please try our chat room where others may be able to help you more

Again a huge 154welcome.gif

love dino

xXx

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I haven't been back to the doctors yet, I'm not really sure how to explain my issue with them? Thanks for the reply 

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Hi Grace 

I am sorry you have not been back to the doctors yet -perhaps a phone consultation would be easier for you , just write down all your fears etc and tell him 

Remember there is no shame nor any need to be embarrassed as drs see problems the same as yours frequently

love dino

xXx 

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I'm exactly the same. I have just come one here looking for someone to talk to as I don't know anyone who understands me. Would you like to talk sometime?

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Hi 

A huge welcome to phobics - i am so sorry to read of your problems above -as i do not suffer Emetophobia perhaps someone in the chat room may be of some help to you 

Here is the link below 

Here is the link for our chat room :) please find rules under chat section posted by admin thank you :)

 

http://phobiasupport.com

 

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Since I was a child, my fear of vomiting was a serious issue for me. As I age- the anxiety and fear has become much worse. I'm afraid for my life and general well being.

 

I have met a lot of people and read a bunch of online cases about the same fear. I know I am not alone. In my case, anxiety and depression is genetic from both sides of my family. More so on my maternal side. I am severely affected by this as well as thought triggered panic attacks. It doesn't help that I suffer from OCD as well. My brain is out of control and very frustrating to live a 'normal' life this way. One part of my brain knows it's just fear, negative thoughts...and that vomiting/gagging is a normal human function, however, the other part of my brain completely freaks out sending my body into complete panic attacks. I cannot express how tired my mind and body is from all of this. I'm panic stricken day and night, 24/7. My mind doesn't stop and constantly worried about getting sick or the possibility of when I can eat. Or all of a sudden I will remember something or past experience, even fabricating a familiar taste in my mouth which instantly makes me feel so sick im freaking out. These are my daily battles....When I can sleep, that is pretty much the only time my anxiety isn't affecting me but I have trouble sleeping as is with an overactive mind. Even brushing my teeth has become a worry as I constantly feel nauseous and gaggy because of how shot my nervous system is.

 

I have lost about 15 lbs over the past 4-5 years. I now weigh 100 lbs roughly. This fear/phobia has tainted my mind in ways where i overthink every situation. As a food lover, i fear my overall health as I struggle to eat. The sight and smells of food...common foods i love....turn my stomach around and make me severly nauseous. When i can/do eat, i feel more nauseous from digestion.

 

I am not currently on any antidepressants even though my doctor suggested me to start again. I'm very hesitant as I was on them for over 13 years and feel that they have messed up my head and caused alot of my gastrointestinal issues I now face. I do however take clonazepam quite frequently when I feel out of control. Which isn't a permanent or long term goal of mine to continue taking. I know this has long term effects.

 

Even though I am aware this is all psychological, I can't stop this. I am 35 years old and a single mother. With this fear it makes it very difficult to care for my son when he is sick.

 

I have been off work now for almost 4 months because of the severity of this mental illness. I enjoy working and staying busy...but I have a difficult time even leaving the house now. I just want to enjoy life...go out with friends....take my son places without the anxiety and panic in my body and without the aid of mild tranquilizers. I need to see a Psychotherapist for cognitive therapy and maybe a hypnotherapist. ...but it's tough as both these services aren't covered under our countries health plan.

 

I have seen Holistic doctors and one gave me EFT (emotional freedom technique) 'tapping' methods to do on certain parts of the body that aren't helping much.

 

Anyone have any suggestions for me? Or feel similar? If so, are there any coping strategies that has helped yourself or others?

 

Thank you for taking the time to read my story. Looking frwd to hearing from others.

 

S

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