If you are reading this, it is quite likely that you suffer from emetophobia or have a loved one who does. Emetophobia is the fear of vomiting. Not many people suffer from it so it isn’t a very well known phobia. That said, for those who do it can be a debilitating condition because it takes control of their lives. Sufferers fear not just that they will vomit but also that others will vomit. In fact, there are many people who have emetophobia but don’t know it – when they see another person vomit it induces them to vomit.
Fortunately, there is something that you can do about emetophobia. The Thrive Programme has been known to treat it very successfully. Emetophobic people are controlled by their thoughts. Their cognitive processes are taken over because of fear that they will be sick. This in turn induces anxiety and if not taken care of can lead to panic attacks and worse. The Thrive Programme teaches sufferers how to take control of their thoughts. It deals with unhelpful beliefs that bring on emetophobia.
Here is an example: you may have convinced yourself that if you hold on to any hand rail you will pick up germs, get sick and start vomiting. This is an unhelpful belief. People all over the world hold hand rails all day and they don’t get sick. In addition to that, any germs that you may pick up on a handrail are not likely to get you sick. It is just that your mind has hijacked you into thinking, quite irrationally, that handrails can make you sick. Thrive takes care of these beliefs and it is very successful, with 100% of sufferers getting cured.
The programme requires one to fill out a workbook which is then assessed by a Thrive consultant. You should also set aside time for sessions with your consultant during which time you will explore your fears. At the end of your session you will be given a post treatment questionnaire that tells your consultant how you are getting on.
One of the best Thrive consultants in Cambridge is Kate Patterson. She specializes in helping people overcome fears and irrational thinking that lead to stress, anxiety and depression. She has an excellent track record and you can be sure that she will help you work through your emetophobia.