10 Things I Want You To Know About Emetophobia

Disclaimer: This post may be triggering or difficult to read if you have Emetophobia. Remember that there is help available if you need it. 

According to Anxiety UK, “Emetophobia is a fear of vomiting or seeing others being sick.” As a person who has had it for almost ten years, I couldn’t of said it better myself to be honest (well not without swearing anyway). 

When I use the word sick in this post, I’m referring to the act of vomiting or to vomit

  1. Yes, I KNOW that nobody enjoys being sick. But not liking and having a phobia of something are two completely different things
  2.  As with any phobia, it’s not a choice. I didn’t choose to be this way
  3.  It’s impossible for me to feel ‘safe’ or have a moment free from Emetophobia because it is essentially a fear of my own body 
  4.  I wish I could be more compassionate towards my family and friends when they are sick (I’m not just being a cold hearted B****, promise) 
  5. Emetophobia isn’t necessarily about keeping germ free. Personally, I literally wouldn’t care what germs were around me if I knew they wouldn’t make me sick
  6.  I know that, 99% of the time, being sick isn’t life threatening. But it can feel that way to me
  7.  If you know me, chances are I’ve asked you for reassurance before that I’m not going to be sick. Thank you
  8.  Making me think back to a time I was sick and coped ISN’T HELPFUL
  9.  If you want to know how you can help or what might trigger me, just ask
  10.  I haven’t been sick for 4 years and the phobia is still very much alive and kicking for me

 

As a thank you for making it to the end, a little statement hot off the press from my mum this morning:

“When I grow up, I want to be a dog.” 

She meant in her ‘next life’, because Minnie is snuggled next to me in a blanket right now.

Told you I’d make you laugh in every post, didn’t I?!

Hollie 

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