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Thought I'd share today with you- it has been a real
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!
Emetophobia - fear of being sick?
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
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.
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.
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".
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.
Emetophobia be treated?
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
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.
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
Thanks again :)
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.
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.