No one enjoys throwing up or seeing others be sick. But some people have an intense fear of vomiting (no matter how unlikely it is to occur) or seeing someone else vomiting. Sufferers of emetophobia can feel physical symptoms of nausea or dizziness at just the thought of vomit in any form.

You may think that this phobia would be fairly easy to manage as a healthy person. But in fact, emetophobia can have a dramatic impact on people’s lives. Avoiding social situations, delaying visits with family or friends if you fear they might be sick, and not failing to take care of your own health, (such as not visiting a doctor when there’s a genuine need for fear of catching a bug) are some common consequences of this debilitating condition. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

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Self-hypnosis may also work well when used in conjunction with counselling. You can download our Emetophobia Self Hypnosis recording from our website.

Frequently Asked Questions

Emetophobia is a chronic condition distinguished by a tendency to avoid situations or activities that might increase the risk of vomiting. It's a specific phobia that involves intense fear of vomiting. It also may include a fear of seeing vomit, a fear of watching other people vomit, or a fear of feeling sick.

People with this phobia spend a large portion of their time worrying about vomiting, even if they or those around them don't feel sick. Just the thought that someone could vomit is sometimes sufficient to cause intense anxiety.

The anxiety caused by emetophobia can have a considerable impact on your everyday life. For example, you may avoid eating out for fear that something will make you vomit. You may also limit travel because there’s a chance you could get sick by the motion. 

While the anxiety caused by emetophobia might feel overwhelming, the condition may be treatable with the help of a therapist.

Specific phobias such as emetophobia often develop after an incident involving the feared thing. For emetophobia, this may have involved:

  • vomiting in public
  • suffering from an extreme case of food poisoning
  • having someone vomit on you
  • having a panic attack during an incident of vomiting

Emetophobia may also develop without a definite cause, leading to some experts believing it may be heredity or environmental. For example, you're at more risk of developing Emetophobia if specific phobias or anxiety disorders run in your family, 

Some people may not even remember the first triggering event. However, if this is the case for you, don't worry, as treatment may still help even if you don't know what initially caused the phobia.

At Bayside Psychotherapy, we don't believe in band-aid solutions or generic treatments. Our therapists take a personalised approach to creating treatment plans to suit our client's unique circumstances after thorough evaluation and consultation. We will use our expertise to help you potentially deal with your dental phobia. 

After a thorough evaluation, our therapists devise a program of treatment tailored to your needs and personality. We offer either face-to-face therapy at our Highett clinic or virtual counselling sessions via a secure online connection. Self-hypnosis may also be a valuable tool to enhance your treatment. You can download our targeted MP3 recording for dental phobia here.

For your convenience, we offer either online or face-to-face sessions in our Highett clinic, depending on the practitioner.

Note This information is informative only and is not to be used for diagnosis or substitution of appropriate assessment and/or treatment by a registered practitioner. Information on this page and our entire site should not be construed as implying that our therapists are specialists in treating any condition whatsoever. While some of our therapists may have experience working with people suffering from a specific condition, not all of our therapists do. We do not guarantee any particular level of performance, cure or management of symptoms. Each case is unique and responds differently with collaboration between client and therapist being crucial. Always seek appropriate assessment from a qualified professional such as a GP, psychiatrist, clinical psychologist or social worker especially if you are acutely distressed.

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