How To Deal With Emetophobia

By Subodh / January 23, 2014

There are so many phobias we have heard of and perhaps there are some we experience too. For instance, there is a height fear in many people. The people who have height fear are not able to go to high places. They avoid travelling on a plane. They also avoid climbing a tall building. Another very popular phobia is stage fear. There are so many people in the world who have this fear. They simply cannot face go to the stage and face the public.

Most of the common phobias are based on the rational grounds. But there are some types of phobias which may seem completely irrational. It does not imply that they are irrational because they are deliberately adopted by the person who has it. In fact, they are so rare that they seem irrational to the others who have never thought about it. One such phobia is Emetophobia. This phobia is so rare that you may have never heard of this ever. But the fact is that it exists. An emetophobic person has a fear of vomit. This phobia is marked by irrational anxiety on the anticipation of witnessing someone vomiting or experience self-vomiting. Due to this fear emetophobes pretty often also avoid eating an untried food, travelling by air and sometimes driving too. If you are an emetophobic, here are some ways to deal with this phobia.

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Accept Yourself With The Phobia

When you are scared of something, your first instinct is to avoid that thing. You even try to avoid thinking about your fears. But the fears don’t go away when you run away from them. In fact, the best way to deal with any phobia is to accept that it is there. The more you keep lying to yourself that your fear does not exist, the more you will grow it. The moment you accept yourself with the fear and embrace it, you will be on the right track to lose it.

It is not easy to let go off your fears. Especially when your fear has taken the shape of a phobia, it is all the more difficult to get rid of it. However, if your fear is making your life uncomfortable and you want to get rid of it, you will need to accept it first. Don’t blame yourself for the phobia. If you blame yourself, you will never be able to work on it. Be completely okay with the way you are with all your fears and phobias.

Identify The Root Cause Of The Phobia

Most of our fears are rooted in something else which may have happened in our childhood or the days which we don’t remember. More often than not it is during the early childhood that we experience something and it gets implanted in the brain forever. Some experiences slip from our conscious mind to our subconscious mind and we forget them completely. Your conscious mind may forget experiences of your life, but the experiences never forget you. They manifest at some point of time in your life in some form or the other.

The most important thing for you to do to get rid of the phobia is to remember what could have happened in your childhood which is manifesting as a phobia today. For instance, in your childhood days you may have vomited excessively during some illness resulting in this phobia. If your phobia is affecting your life too much, perhaps you can consult a psychiatrist. A regression therapy may help identify the root cause and eliminate the phobia altogether.

Know That There Are Anti-Emetics Drugs You Can Use

When you fear something, you think that there is no solution to it. However, when you already know that you can come out of the situation safely, you will have no fear. So the most important thing for an emetophobic is to have as much knowledge as possible about the phobia. For instance, if you know that your phobia is not life threatening, you may be able to deal with it better. Emetophobia is related to vomiting. Your unexplained fear of vomiting may be hard to deal with. However, if you know that there is a solution to the problem of vomiting, you may feel better. For instance, there are many anti-emetic drugs which can be used when you feel like vomiting. These drugs stop vomiting. If you know that such a drug exists and you already have it, you will know that you have the solution to the problem. When you know that you have the solution, your fear will automatically go away.

Don’t Drink Too Much

Too much drinking can trigger this phobia. In fact, an emetophobic person is more prone to throwing up after heavy drinking than a normal person. It is advisable that you avoid alcohol whenever you can. However, if you are can’t avoid it, or you really are craving for it, at least make sure you consume in small quantity. Drinking too much can trigger your phobia.

Alleviate Your Fear Using Meditation Techniques

Whenever you have phobia or any type of extreme fear, the most important thing is to stay calm. It is quite difficult to maintain composure in desperate situations. However, if you meditate regularly, you will be able to control yourself to a great deal. When you are in fear, your mind is not in control. Meditation technique helps you control your mind.