Fear of being sick

fear of being sick

 Fear of being sick or seeing someone else be sick.


The fear of being sick, or seeing someone else being sick (often called Emetophobia), can be so distressing for the sufferer that they begin to think about it constantly.

This constant worry and rumination leads to excessive anxiety. And very often, to rid themselves of this horrible feeling, the sufferer will avoid the situations which cause the anxiety. So basically, the person will avoid a place where there is even the slightest possibility of seeing someone being sick, like a school or a GP’s surgery.

Also at the route of the fear is the thought of being negatively judged as a result of being sick in front of someone. Interestingly enough, the person who fears this loss of control in public, has rarely, if at all, been sick in front of someone. It is the mere thought that it could happen that lies at the core of the problem.

The causes of emetophobia (the fear of being sick) are like many other phobias. They have either been caused by an initial event (like being very poorly as a child), or a learned behaviour, such as adopting the fear from a family member. Very often the fear builds momentum over time and the thoughts of losing control become more intrusive, sometimes to the point at which the sufferer no longer leaves the house. This avoidance behaviour is described as agoraphobia.

this condition, like all other fears and phobias, are treatable! You don’t have to suffer with this complaint any longer. You simply need to take the decision that you have had enough of feeling this way and that now is the time to do something about it.

I have successfully worked with fear of vomiting phobia, and often, it has only taken 3 or 4 sessions to reverse the fear. I work with you using hypnotherapy and psychotherapy to get to the core of the problem and then to tackle it head on, whether it is a fear stored in the unconscious part of your mind or a fear through constant worry, dwelling and negative thinking and beliefs.

All these things can be tackled. You don’t have to be alone in feeling this way, we can work through this until a resolution has been achieved.

If you would like to talk about this problem then give me a call at my Warrington practice, on 0800 849 94 94 or 01925 354 820 and we can have a chat about it.

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