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Fear of being sick or Emetophobia is a relatively common but it is not simply a phobia as it can be associated with OCD. Emetophobia is extremely debilitating and all consuming for the suffer. It can lead to school refusal and agoraphobia. This is because the sufferer will avoid situations that may cause them anxiety. It can lead to severe weight loss, when the person avoids the chance of being sick by limiting their diet.

TREATMENT

Hypnotherapy can reduce anxiety around this phobia and increase the ability to feel in control. It is possible to teach the subconscious coping strategies when faced with previous triggers. EMDR reduces any ptsd from previous events associated with the phobia.

It is important that the therapist treating you understands that emetophobia is different to other phobias. it is usually not even possible to mention the word sick in the sessions as this can actually exacerbate the problem. it can prevent the client wanting to listen to the hypnotherapy – which is very understandable!!!

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