fear of vomiting - fear of being sick - Emetophobia treatment hypnosis in London with David Samson, Clinical Hypnotherapist, specialising in hypnotherapy for fear of sickness

'just wanted to tell you that last year I cried at the reports on Norovirus, this year I'm neutral. Don't want it, of course, but I'm not freaking out'...Anna

     
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Hi David

Thought I'd share today with you- it has been a real landmark!

Yesterday one of my consultants was off with a bug. He came back in today, and I did my usual, wash your hands, dont make me tea etc.  about two hours later , my other consultant was sick. And continued to be sick all day. I didn't run out of the branch, even though I could hear her, which I've done before. I didn't send her home immediately and then not go to the loo all day. Yes, I did make her leave the fan on, and no, I will never use the mouthwash bottle again, but here is the funny bit.  I was eating my lunch while she noisily threw up. I turned to the others in the branch, rolled my eyes a bit (she is very dramatic and was being as loud as possible to make a point!) and calmly ate my lunch. ME! I ate while someone was sick fifteen feet away! 

Of course now I'm home I'm a bit wobbly I may catch it, but I wasn't like me at all today. I can't believe it!


La la laaaaaaa! I'm very proud of myself!

Tracey

What is Emetophobia - fear of being sick?

How often do you read in the press about Emetophobia, the fear of being sick?...very rarely! However, it is extremely common and is in the top ten phobias in the world. Try typing into Google 'fear of being sick' and you will find almost 40 million websites dealing with this phobia!  This condition is extremely debilitating and disabling, ranging from mild discomfort in some sufferers to agoraphobia in extreme cases. 24/7 sufferer's lives are dominated by irrational thoughts, fears and actions in an attempt to keep 'safe'. Why is Emetophobia rarely spoken about?... partly because of it's very nature... it is dirty and unpleasant and sufferer's are fearful of being ill in public in full view of others and thereby becoming embarrassed.

I have been successfully treating this phobia for ten years and see approximately 7 - 10 sufferers each week.

Hi David

How are you? I just thought I would write to you to thank you and let you know how much progress I have made in the last year and a half!

In the last year I have flown to Estonia and Spain (with the aid of diazepam!) both within 8 months of each other. The flights werenít nice but I feel like I could go on another one anytime.

I also eat most kinds of meat including chicken!! I havenít mastered cooking it myself yet but eat other meats that I can cook myself, I also had a glass of wine last Friday! Something I never ever thought I would do, I donít want to get drunk but I feel now I can have a little bit of alcohol with my friends without feeling scared of what might happen.

I havenít gone home from work from a panic attack since last Christmas I think! obviously I still have bad days and suffer from depression occasionally but I feel now I've conquered a lot of what I couldnít do before.

Thank you!

Emily 

Where does Emetophobia come from...?

Emetophobia develops from a childhood incident that caused a deep rooted trauma connected with vomiting, in other words, as a result of conditioning.

When that child first experienced that initial incident (normally between the age of one to six years old), they were not fully developed intellectually. They reacted to that situation based on their life experiences to date - such as "don't do things that upset people because it means they don't love you anymore" or perhaps "if you are sick, everybody looks at you and says nasty things".
 

Morning David

I just wanted to let you know I felt really sick last night but instead of being scared and freaking out I stayed calm and wished to either fall asleep or be sick. I fell asleep but I felt calm throughout.

Speak soon

Rebecca

How can Emetophobia be treated?

Regression Hypnotherapy will allow a person to remember that particular event and review it with 'adult' eyes this time around. This will then allow them to interpret the event correctly and it will no longer be an issue for them.

Even the most complex of cases can be successfully treated with Regression Hypnotherapy, just by enabling the adult to see the event again and 'overwrite' the bad data with correct data.

 
Hi David

I'm pregnant!! :) :) :)

This time I've been suffering with nausea every waking moment and I was struggling a little when I called. However, I have worked through it and I wanted to tell you today that I was sick this morning and I was OKAY! Obviously it was't pleasant but I dealt with it and now I am on a train up to Birmingham to get on with my day. Feel ropey, and worried it might happen again when I'm not at home, but I'm ok.

Thanks a million David. It's never going to be something I want to cope with, but I guess I will have to because we all have to, but it's just becoming ok.

Thanks again :)

Anna

 

GABRIELLE'S STORY...

I've suffered with Emetophobia all my life, that's 45 years of stressing about, or trying to avoid being s***. Up until my hypnotherapy sessions with David - about 5 years ago - I didn't cope very well and lived in fear most of the time. I managed to have 2 children but after they were born a new fear entered my life, that of the kids being s***. Hypnotherapy released me from years of negative and frightening thoughts and my approach to life now is so far removed from my old self.

You can be imprisoned by your own mind but it is possible to regain control. I recently reached a turning point in my life that I never thought possible. I started to feel s*** and instead of guzzling water or mints or pepto bismol or rennie or motillium10, I decided to just let it happen. I always thought that you had no warning but I was wrong, my body let me know I was going to be s*** and so I just waited. It was over so quickly and I can honestly say it was just unpleasant, not horrific, not scary, not overwhelming, not uncontrollable, just unpleasant. I felt so much better and was so pleased with myself. It was such an achievement.

Just knowing I can cope with the experience has changed my life. My son was s*** recently and instead of calling my husband to deal with it I calmly took him to the bathroom and held his hand. It didn't phase me in the slightest, in fact I was so pleased that I could be there for him.

Now I know that you are reading this and thinking "that's fine for her, she doesn't know how I feel, being s*** is worse than dying". Well I do know, because I've been there, I have been up all night shaking from head to toe, avoided parties that I would have loved to have gone to, been housebound because of a s***ness bug at work, lived my life as a series of panic attacks, thought about suicide. All because of one tiny event that happened at birth.

Life does get better.

Gabrielle

 

DANIELLA'S STORY

 Hi David,

 I had several appointments at your Harley Street clinic back in the summer of 2011. I was suffering from anxiety brought on by the fear of being sick, I had experienced a trigger event whilst at university and had to deal with the situation alone which resulted in a huge surge in anxiety and worry afterwards.

 I was about to embark on my final year of university and to be honest I didn't know how I would ever complete my degree because of my anxiety. I made the decision to live at home and commute each day to my campus because I couldn't face living away from my safety zone which consisted of my home and my parents, who understood my anxiety.

 When I first met you I couldn't even get on a train or bus alone, of fear I would panic and feel or be sick. I was always chaperoned to London to make your appointments, I could never come alone. I didn't have a social life, and my parents even had to come home from their summer holiday early because I could not cope alone without them. When we all went on holiday together as a family it was an extremely anxious time, I was out of my comfort zone and having to travel on ferries, cars etc which resulted in a big panic attack so it wasn't just effecting me but my whole family. The anxiety was literally controlling all aspects of my life and it was an extremely difficult time, I was also finishing university soon and what I would do after worried me.

 3 years later I am now 25 years old and I have improved so much, my life has completely changed. I now live and work in London as a freelance designer, I am in a relationship and have some great friends and a social life again. I commute the dreaded London commute everyday on tubes and buses and anxiety will barely effect me. I have also been on holidays alone with my friends and my boyfriend. Anxiety still surfaces now and again but it is much more controlled and it doesn't control my life and decisions anymore. After I saw you I improved gradually over the months, it was a long road but I've reached a point now where I feel confident again with thanks to your help those 3 years ago. I learnt to do small things that made me a bit anxious (stay at friends houses, go on a bus alone, do things out of my comfort zone etc) and gradually with small steps I have been able to move out and live in London. If you told me when I met you that I would live and work in London I would never have believed you. So I am extremely thankful for your help and advice.

 I would like to offer up my services to you should you ever have a patient that needs someone to contact who has been in a similar situation to them. I was in contact with one of your patients in Newcastle and still am now and again so I know it helps.

 Thanks again for your help I am a different person now.

 Kind regards,

Daniella Case

 
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