Severe Diarrhea phobia. I need help

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TW: emetaphobia and Diarrhea phobia


I'm posting here because nothing has worked for me. I've saw a therapist and tried many techniques to help ease my anxiety, I've talked to many people and tried medications to no avail. Nothing has worked.


I have emetaphobia and a crippling fear of having diarrhea. I'm not afraid of the effects (dehydration, things like that) and I'm not afraid of stinking up the bathrooms or making noise. I simply HATE the feeling of vomiting and having diarrhea. It's the most uncomfortable feeling i could imagine and would rather have intense pain.


The emetaphobia has gotten better. When i feel sick i take nausene and then I'm fine with throwing up once the nausea is gone.


The diarrhea has still been an endless problem and it controls my life. My entire diet and lifestyle is based off of it, and every desicion i make factors into it.


I only eat a restricted calorie diet with no fiber or vegetable material, and I've turned into a complete germaphobe. I won't eat food that i didn't prepare in my own home and i won't touch surfaces that haven't been properly cleaned. I drink a shot of keopectate after every meal just in case. This is all because i have to avoid getting diarrhea.


My panick attacks result in uncontrollable spells of screaming, crying, self harm and leaves me traumatized and physically hurt. The feeling of having diarrhea sets this off the worst. I will end up crying for literal days on end and it will be so traumatizing that I'll be afraid of bathrooms and food for at least a month. At least. I'll also fear even a stomach cramp or rumble because it could be d i a r r h e a.


I've honestly been thinking of suicide over this.. I just can't handle this anymore and it's gotten way out of hand. I've tried almost everything, even hypnotism. Nothing has worked. Help me.
 
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Oh, you poor thing! :hug:

So sorry you're suffering like this.

Oof, in my opinion this isn't something you can manage on your own. The anxiety and fear caused by this phobia will give you stomach cramps and digestive issues just through nerves alone.

I strongly urge you to talk honestly to your doctor. You can be helped with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention). You also need to talk to a doctor about the drastic measures you're taking - the chances are, they are making the likelihood of vomiting and diarrhoea greater than eating a healthy, balanced diet.

Your calorie restricting is frightening - 900 calories a day is the optimum for a one year old child...the amount you are reporting eating is extremely unhealthy.

This is snowballing into some complex phobias, Oof. You really do need to talk to your doctor urgently and tell him/her exactly what's going on.

I feel for you - this must be terrifying all the time. Sending you all the love in the world. Please let us know how you get on and keep talking to us. :hug: xxx

How to Get Over It: Fear of Vomiting
 
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It may sound like an impossible task but it is not and with the right help you will overcome this. Please seek help. This problem has started to affect your health physically and mentally.
Mark a day on your calender. Make this day the day you get help.

You can do it 🏅
 
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Have you been to a doctor for your stomach issues? It could be irritable bowel syndrome or diverticulitis or diverticulosis causing problems.

And you need fiber in your diet for sure.If you don't you will definitely have problems.
 
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Now there's another huge issue. So mid-panic attack i took WAY too much Keopectate (anti-diarrheal) and now i have a fecal impaction, which basically means I'll either have to take a laxative or get an enema which I'll probably faint during. Either of those is going to cause extreme stress and probably more panic. Wonder if i should just let it go and wait till my intestines rip or something because having colostomy bag would be less panic inducing. I don't know what to do
 
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