What is emetophobia?
Emetophobia, the fear of vomiting, of being sick, is widespread; it is much more common than most people think. Research has suggested that prevalence of a fear of being sick could be as much as 8.8% percent of the population (Hout & Bouman, 2011).
In Scotland that would be about 470,000 people, just short of the population of Edinburgh.
Emetophobia is known by many names (emetophobia, specific phobia of vomiting (SPOV), vomit phobia, sickness phobia, fear of vomiting…) and is associated with other fears and disorders, such as phagophobia (a fear of gagging, swallowing or choking), a fear of pregnancy, social anxiety and obsessional disorders.
People can fear vomiting themselves and/or others vomiting. Most individuals with emetophobia are female, with research studies revealing that 85-97% of their emetophobic participants are women (Hout & Bouman, 2011; Lipsitz et al., 2001; Veale & Lambrou, 2006).
– conquer your emetophobia!
Using the principles from positive psychology we work together with you to teach you some basic principles to help you become the best version of yourself. With that, you will also overcome your emetophobia. We believe that each person is an individual and that sometimes it can take some exploring of different techniques to find the one that is right for you.
For example, we work on increasing self esteem with our clients. But sometimes one method will work brilliantly for one person but someone else may need to use a slightly different technique that they feel comfortable and happy with. It’s all about enjoying the process of change. We want you to enjoy challenging yourself, enjoy seeing changes and enjoy the whole process.
So if you are ready to overcome your emetophobia, become the best version of yourself that you can imagine and have fun along the way then please get in touch to learn more about how we can help you.
Katie Gow. Psychological coach and specialises in working with people with to help them overcome their emetophobia. Katie overcome emetophobia herself. She understands what is being experienced from a personal and professional view point.
Andrew Farquharson. Applied positive psychology coach. Over the past decade he have worked with individuals wanting to overcome emetophobia. Andrew has also delivered emetophobia workshops and seminars in Scotland and Scandinavia.