emetophobia: a persistent, abnormal, and unwarranted fear of vomiting or fear of throwing up despite the reassurance by others that there is no danger.  

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what is emetophobia

what causes emetophobia

treatment for emetophobia

emetophobia and the norovirus stomach bug

emetophobia case histories

client emails

about us

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The recent outbreak of the norovirus and rotavirus stomach bugs  has a hidden problem...for those suffering with emetophobia - the fear of being sick or others being sick.

Headlines will proclaim that the norovirus and rotavirus stomach bugs will cause millions of working days to be lost due to people catching the virus...but what about the emetophobia sufferers who are terrified to venture out of their houses for fear of catching the norovirus or rotavirus stomach bug?

This outbreak of the norovirus and rotavirus is the ultimate nightmare for an emetophobe and if there is a sufferer within your family or friends, please show them utmost caring and understanding during this very difficult period for them.

from NHS Direct

Noroviruses are part of a group of viruses that are the most common cause of gastroenteritis (upset stomach) in the UK.

Noroviruses are sometimes known as 'small round structured viruses' (SRSV) or 'Norwalk-like viruses'. Noroviruses are also called the 'winter vomiting disease' because people usually get them during the winter months. However, they can occur at any time of the year.

How noroviruses are spread

It is estimated that the norovirus affects between 600,000 and one million people in the UK every year. Outbreaks of the illness are common, particularly within contained environments such as hospitals, nursing homes and schools. This is because the norovirus spreads very easily from person to person and it can survive for several days in a contaminated area.

The norovirus can be spread through contact with an infected person, through contact with surfaces or objects that are contaminated with the virus, or by eating contaminated food or water.

There are many types of norovirus, and it is possible for infection to occur several times. This is because after getting the illness immunity to the virus only lasts for 14 weeks. Having recurring bouts of the norovirus may provide some protection from future infection.


A positive email from an emetophobia sufferer recovering from the norovirus stomach bug. Please read......


"I got home from school on Thursday at about 3:30. At about 6:00 I started to feel queasy and I was starting to worry about the possibility of being sick. On Thursday evening I started to feel a lot worse. On Friday morning I couldnít wake up at all, I felt so ill and I felt that I was going to be sick. All throughout the day I was mainly sleeping and drinking lots of water. As the day went on I started to feel more ill and I was really beginning to worry that I could  throw up. I got to bed about 12.30am and after watching TV in my room I started to feel that I was definitely going to throw up.  But I was so tired and I hadnít really eaten anything that day. I called out for my mum and dad as I ran into the bathroom. I started being sick as my mum was next to me stroking my back. I was only sick 3 times and to be honest it wasnít that bad. And soon after, I started to feel better.  

Suffering from emetophobia myself, my experience really helped me to understand that being sick isnít that bad. It is actually a good thing to happen because it helps take all that nasty stuff out of your body and makes you feel a lot better!"




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