Emetophobia is the intense fear of vomit or vomiting. The fear can be so intense that individuals may develop behaviors similar to that of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) to avoid coming into contact with or seeing vomit.

Recognizing Emetophobia

  • Attempts to control how the stomach feels; avoiding gas, cramps, heartburn, etc.
  • Avoidance of social gatherings where food may be present
  • Avoidance of certain television shows and movies, so as not to see vomiting
  • Avoidance of activities that may cause stomach upset; flying, roller coasters, swimming, etc.
  • Excessive reassurance seeking

Recommended Treatment For Emetophobia

Similar to other anxiety disorders, Emetophobia responds well to treatment. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is considered the treatment of choice with emphasis placed on identifying unhelpful thoughts, challenging those thoughts, and generating alternative coping thoughts. Relaxation techniques targeting physical symptoms of stress and anxiety may also be a helpful component of the treatment plan. These new skills are then implemented in situations that cause anxiety (in vivo exposures). This is accomplished gradually beginning with the easiest situations then progressing to more anxiety provoking situations.

For more information about Emetophobia or to schedule an appointment with an anxiety treatment specialist at Austin Anxiety and OCD Specialists please call (512) 246-7225 or email us at [email protected]. We are currently accepting new patients at our Round Rock and Austin therapy offices.

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