People who have emetophobia develop many safety seeking behaviours.
Because emetophobes are so terrified of being sick they go out of their way to try and control their environment in the hope that this will mean it won’t happen.
Here are a few things that sufferers of this phobia will usually do:
Obsessively check use by dates on food
Wash their hands obsessively
Sterilise all work surfaces in their house
Often won’t eat left-over foods even if they’ve been stored correctly
Refuse to eat out in restaurants or cafes and often even at their friend’s homes
If they’re out they will sanitise their hands… often
Won’t allow their hands to come in to contact with door knobs, railings etc
Always carry antacids / anti-nausea medication / sweets
Often will avoid getting pregnant due to the potential of morning sickness
Some have terminations rather than having to look after their child who may be sick
If they do have children they won’t take their children to a playgroup, the park or even playdates at friend’s homes
Won’t travel on a boat, plane or any other form of public transport as there is a risk of others being sick
Will avoid surgery in case the anaesthetic causes them to be sick
and so on and on it goes. It’s exhausting for the emetophobe and equally tiring for their loved ones. And the emetophobe feels totally powerless to stop these behaviours even though consciously they’re aware that they are unhelpful.
If you have this phobia and would like to finally kick it to the curb then get in touch so we can have a chat. You can either phone me on +61 0409 254 500 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org
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