Things You Need To Know About Emetophobia (Fear Of Vomiting) Fact 3

Things You Need To Know About Emetophobia (Fear Of Vomiting) Fact 3

Many emetophobics are misdiagnosed by the medical personnel treating them. This can create a lot of confusion and frustration for the patients.

Sufferers of this nasty phobia often have a lot of issues around food. They are nearly always terrified of eating chicken, for example, as they believe that it’s notorious for harbouring unhealthy bugs. Emetophobes will also often refuse to eat out at restaurants, cafes, food courts, friend’s houses… and so on.

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Things You Need To Know About Emetophobia (Fear of Vomiting) Fact 2

Things You Need To Know About Emetophobia (Fear of Vomiting) Fact 2

Many emetophobics have been told by their therapists that they need to go through exposure therapy to get better.

This is absolute rubbish (whew, you say… you’d rather walk barefoot over broken glass than make yourself view someone being sick, wouldn’t you?).

I have spoken with some people who had emetophobia and managed to go through exposure therapy but they are very much in the minority.

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Things You Need To Know About Emetophobia (Fear Of Vomiting) - Fact 1

Things You Need To Know About Emetophobia (Fear Of Vomiting) - Fact 1

People suffering with emetophobia usually have the belief that they cannot be cured. Forums are full of sad stories of emetophobes who feel they are stuck with this fear forever and just need to suck it up.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

This phobia has been created by your mind and therefore it makes sense that the mind can also un-create this phobia.

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Are You A Compulsive Shopper?

Are You A Compulsive Shopper?

Are you one of those people who uses ‘retail therapy’ to feel better? It is believed that this condition is on the increase. This could be due to the increase of anxiety in the general population but may also be because of the availability of credit facilities.

This study suggests that a high percentage of the UK’s population who are currently working are struggling financially. Compulsive shoppers can fall into serious debt and potentially lose everything.

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Do You Have Social Anxiety and No Friends?

Do You Have Social Anxiety and No Friends?

Social anxiety is challenging to live with, isn’t it? I’ve heard social anxiety described as like living with a nasty voice in your head forever reminding you that you’re not good looking enough, not clever enough, not savvy enough, others will be judging you harshly… and so it goes on. Nonstop.

All of us deep down want friends in our lives. So how do you make friends if you feel safer curled up on the sofa, binge watching another Netflix series? After all, if you’re home alone you can’t be rejected by people you meet, can you?

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7 Ways To Ease Your Anxiety

7 Ways To Ease Your Anxiety

Feeling anxious? It’s nasty, isn’t it?

Those racing thoughts can feel totally overwhelming and impossible to manage. This can lead to you overthinking everything and getting even more anxious. And so on it goes. Not much fun.

Anxiety can be a friend in times of danger. What many of us are doing now, however, is still brooding and ruminating well after the danger is gone and there’s no longer any threat.

It’s also worth noting that many times the anxiety being created is not even about a real threat! It’s just our over-active imagination at work worrying about things you haven’t even yet experienced. “What if he doesn’t like me?’ ‘What if I don’t get above 95% in this exam?’ ‘What if I’m held up in traffic?’ How is your self talk?

So here are 7 ways to ease those anxious thoughts:

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Compulsive Behaviours

Over the last few years I’ve noticed a remarkable increase in the number of children I’m treating for various forms of anxiety.

So many are experiencing social anxiety, for example, which is impacting on their ability to socialise and create meaningful lives and careers. They are oftentimes using food and other unhealthy compulsive behaviours to comfort themselves and this can lead on to other addictions in adulthood.

But help is available, I've successfully treated hundreds of children (and adults). If you or your child is struggling do give me a call on 0409 254 500 or email liz@lizhogon.com

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Making Changes That Last: Simple Ways To Successfully ‘Nudge’ Your New Year’s Resolutions Towards Achievement

By Senior Therapists Sally Baker & Liz Hogon.

If there is an almost guaranteed way to feel like an abject failure then setting a New Year’s Resolution will do it for most of us. There is plenty of research to show that between 40-60% of all resolutions, year upon year, have either been broken or forgotten for good or at least until next year, by halfway through January!

Although many people imbue January 1st with magical properties as the ideal date to change their habits and behaviours. The truth is its just an arbitrary date in the diary with no more power or influence than next Tuesday week or even the next wet Wednesday for that matter.

When you think that four of the most popular life changes people want for themselves are to lose weight; give up smoking; drink less alcohol or achieve a better work-life balance these habits and ways of thinking can seem daunting to change when they represent long-term and entrenched behaviour.

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Panic attacks... what are they?

Panic attacks... what are they?

Panic attacks can be terrifying. It is estimated that anywhere up to 6 million people in the United States alone experience panic attacks on a regular basis. Most people, however, have just a few panic attacks over their lifetime and the attacks then stop permanently. This is probably because the stressful situation has ended and they have returned to a calm and balanced place in their minds. The people who continue to have attacks are usually those personalities who continue to obsessively brood and ruminate about a past experience, thus keeping themselves in a state of anxiety.   

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The one parenting tactic to avoid at all costs

The one parenting tactic to avoid at all costs

Shame, it seems, has become the parenting strategy of choice when all else fails.

Take the recent case of 13-year-old Izabel Laxamana who committed suicide after her father cut off her hair because she disobeyed him by using social media.

'Was it worth it?' her father reportedly asks while videoing her abasement.

'No', Izabel replies.

'How many times did I warn you?' he asks.

'A lot.' 

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