Why Is Emetophobia So Hard
While Emetophobia is widely recognized as only the 5th most common phobia in the world, there’s little doubt that it is one of the toughest ones to suffer from. It may be much harder to live with Emetophobia than with other common fears such as Fear of Driving, fear of flying, and fear of heights, etc.
The reason is that there’s no easy escape from the effects of Emetophobia. You can never really find any situation or scenario where you can avoid or flee its symptoms. This is not true with other phobias. Let’s say that you suffer from fear of driving, this is indeed limiting but you can still get around with public transportation. It’s not nice but you can pretty much avoid the problem.
The same goes for fear of flying. Sure, it’s great to be able to fly and go places quickly and easily but you can take the train, or drive, or even go on a ship. There are ways to go around the fear without having to actually solve it.
I’m not saying that these are not serious phobias that demand a more permanent solution. I’m just saying that I believe that the Fear of Vomit is a more serious and harsh one.
When you suffer from Emetophobia, you can’t really “go around” your fear. It is always with you where ever you go. Sure, you can try to avoid eating out or being around sick people, but this isn’t something that’s totally in your control. Someone can still offer you something to it and you’ll imagine feeling like vomiting, or you can encounter someone who is sick without you knowing about it. In the mind of the Emetophobic, there is no safe place. This is why you have to overcome Emetophobia, there’s simply no way to have a real life with it.
It’s time to stop trying to avoid or reduce the symptoms you’re feeling and deal with the problem seriously. I recommend the Emetophobia Recovery System by Rich Presta as the best focused solution to this nasty fear. It has worked for other people and I’m sure it will work for you too.