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Topic: The Best Treatment For Emetophobia

3 posts, 0 answered
  1. Samyol
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    18 posts
    7 June 2020

    G'day, my name's Samuel, I'm 18 and I suffer from GAD, depression, a phobia of vomiting and panic attacks that are a direct result of said phobia. I remember almost anytime I've experienced either myself or another person vomiting, I wouldn't go as far as saying that it has traumatised me, but these are events I cannot forget as they terrify me. I've dealt with emetophobia since my early teens and whilst my anxiety and depression are being treated, this intense fear of vomiting is causing the most damage to me emotionally. I don't go one day without my stomach acting up and instantly throwing me into fear of vomiting which in turn begins to make me feel even more sick; such as globus sensation kicking in and my stomach beginning to "drop" in a sense.

    I feel as though, if I can destroy this phobia at it's core; my general lifestyle will improve dramatically. I'll be able to eat and drink in public or at anothers house without the fear of food poisoning. I'll be able to maintain a proper job and be reliable as I won't be scared of feeling sick.

    I just would really like to know what is generally my best course of action, perhaps anyone with experience could put in a word or two, thank you!

  2. Tay100
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    8 June 2020 in reply to Samyol

    Hi Samyol,

    Thanks for posting, we value your contributions to the BB forum community!

    The desire to 'get back on track' or 'fix' your problem is a great mentality- it seems like you feel like your phobias are getting in the way of life. You aren't alone here, you can read about people with similar experiences and gain some insight here: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/anxiety. If I may, it sounds like seeking out a mental health professional may be really useful in helping you deal with both the physical and mental aspects of your phobia. A helpful thread on seeking out resources can be found here: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/treatments-health-professionals-and-therapies .
    Let us know how you go,

    Tay100

     

  3. Tay100
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    8 June 2020 in reply to Samyol
    Oops, just realised you already posted in the Anxiety thread, I meant to link this thread instead, which explores this issues from a young person's perspective: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/online-forums/young-people

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