Emetophobia and The Fear of Vomiting – A Psychotherapist Explains

Emetophobia is the name we give to the fear of vomiting, the fear of being sick, or the fear of throwing up.

Often clients call the hypnotherapist seeking help in overcoming a fear of vomiting, believing that they alone have this fear or phobia.

Contrary to this popular misperception, emetophobia is not at all uncommon. It is, in fact, the sixth most common phobia. Given this fact, it really is surprising how little this fear is discussed.

Part of the reason for this, of course, is that vomiting itself is not really a topic that most people feel comfortable talking about. But despite the major reason is because those who do suffer from emetophobia – in common with those who experience other irrational fears and phobias – often feel some sort of shame for doing so.

These feelings, however, are completely unnecessary and unjustified. And with the right kind of transformational hypnotherapy, the fear of vomiting can be swiftly taken care of.

Most often, the cause of a fear or vomiting is not at all complex. At some time in the past, the emotophobic individual has linked vomit, vomiting or being sick with an intense, traumatic feeling.

What has happened is that a frightening experience or event in the past has 'programmed' this fear into the subconscious mind; it has become a 'conditioned reflex'. So that sometimes even the thought of vomit or bombering can automatically trigger the terrible feelings of fear and anxiety.

Very few people who suffer from emetophobia actually vomit. In fact, in common with most phobias, the real problem is not so much the fear of vomiting as it is the fear of fear.

In many ways, it is what may loosely be termed an 'anxiety disorder'.

The good news is that no-one need continue to suffer from this restricting and often debilitating fear. Through the medium of transformational hypnotherapy, it is a phobia that can be successfully treated with brief therapy.

Typically, two or three quite pleasant transformational hypnotherapy sessions are all it takes for the individual to permanently and completely remove emetophobia or the fear of vomiting.

If you or someone you care about sufferers from emetophobia, the fear of being sick or the fear of vomiting, there really is something you can do about it. Emetophobia can be rapidly and effectively eliminated by working with a qualified and experienced transformational hypnotherapist.