christinalow By christinalow, 30th Jun 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Raising some awareness of one of the most popular fears- a fear of sick.

A brief Overview...

Emetophobia in short, is a fear of been sick, seeing sick, basically anything to do with sick. Although it is considered to be one of the most common fears in the world, it seems that, in my experience, people never recognise it as a genuine phobia and it is considered as 'weird.'

It can however, in very extreme circumstances, lead to illnesses such as anorexia where people get so paranoid about being sick, they stop eating or eat the minimum amount possible to avoid being sick.

My Experience

I always knew that my mum had a very serious case of this, but up until the age of eleven I never showed any signs of having the same phobia. It was only after a trip to the beach with my friends that I really found out that I had in fact inherited a very serious case of it. On the way home one of my friends was sick in the back of my other friends car, although it didn't actually touch me, I ended up having a full blown panic attack and since then I've never been able to deal with sick.

It may seem like quite an isolated fear as sick, in general is not an everyday occurrence, but to an emetophobe everything can be related back to sick for example, just going out could mean that you could pick up a bug which would lead to vomiting.

In the whole scheme of things I am not that serious of case, when compared to people who won't even stray out of their house for fear of contracting some type of illness. It has however in many ways taken over my life. I absolutely love theme parks and rides, I've never got any form of travel sickness and when I was younger I never really knew that people did so it was never an issue. Now however, whenever I go to a theme park I am constantly paranoid that someone on the ride is going to be ill on the ride, which in turn makes me feel ill.

Last time I was sick it was because I picked up a bug at school and since then I have not only been paranoid about being sick but I am also paranoid about picking up a bug and if I ever find out that one of my friends is i'll I try my best to avoid them to try and avoid catching anything.


I decided to write this article now because I have recently booked in to see a hypnotherapist to try and get rid of the fear to some degree so I can hopefully enjoy my holiday to Disney Land Paris a lot more with less of a fear of people getting sick!

I'll write an article saying how successful or how unsuccessful it was afterwards so stay tuned!


Emetophobia, Sick, Sickness, Vomit, Vomiting, Vomiting Sensation

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author avatar christinalow
I am an eighteen year old writer/actress and I have just finished college and am waiting to find out my grades to see if I have got anywhere near enough marks to get into Kings College (I highly doubt it). I'm slightly, well very obsessed with Americ...(more)

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author avatar Denise O
3rd Jul 2011 (#)

I am glad you are getting some help. Just imagine those that do not leave their homes, so sad huh. I will be waiting to see how it all turns out. Best of luck. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Songbird B
4th Jul 2011 (#)

Isn't is appalling how some phobias can almost cripple us? Good luck with the hypnothereapy, Christina...I really hope that it proves successful..

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author avatar Retired
27th Sep 2011 (#)

Interesting piece of article. I've got chance to learn about another phobia from ur writing. Keep on writing Christina.

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