What Causes the Fear of Vomiting?

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The fear of vomiting is known as emetophobia. Its name is derived from the Greek word “emesis” and phobia pertains to an illogical fear of an object or situation. Emetophobes suffer from either the fear of vomiting, the vomit itself, or those around them who may be vomiting. Even something as visual as a photo or TV program expressing the act of vomiting can trigger intenes fear or anxiety in the sufferer.

It isn’t exactly known what causes this fear in some people but it is considered an anxiety disorder. It is considered the 5th most common type of phobia therefore affecting millions of people around the globe. Ironically, most folks who suffer from this fear think they’re alone and therefore probably don’t talk about it to friends or family. While the embarrassment may be understandable, if the anxiety becomes too severe to the point it’s affecting your ability to socialize or live a full life then it may be time to seek some help.

It is believe that some sufferers either experienced several bouts of vomiting as a child therefore built up a fear of it into adulthood, or they were (as children perhaps) exposed to others vomiting around them, enough to cause a psychological trauma.

Because emetophobia is an anxiety disorder, there is a good chance you can control or even cure this afflication through some good counseling or even hypnosis. If you feel your emetophobia is getting out of control, take charge of your life and seek the appropriate help. Here’s to a better you!

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