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Tips for an emetophobe?

thrashmetalsfinest

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Hi, I'm currently living with my parents so first of all, counselling and therapy is probably out of the question as my parents do not want to believe emetophobia is a real condition and that I am being ridiculous, as most unsupportive/misunderstanding parents do... Despite others trying to convince and speak to them. I have come to terms with the fact that I have to fight this disorder off alone, but my issues have been worsening. I have experienced panic attacks since roughly october 2018, after a traumatic plane flight on which my brother v*mited multiple times and have since been left with an extreme fear of it. The panic attacks have taken over my entire life, as I am rarely in classes anymore and particularly today have to be outside and walking around constantly as it is my last attempt to calm myself. I live in Southern Denmark, as an English-speaking person, so seeking help here has not been easy in the first place.

TLDR, as that was rather long winded: my emetophobia panic attacks have limited where i go, what I do at what times, where I eat and severly limited my diet. How do i start to face this fear?
 
calypso

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:welcome: to the forum. I don't think you are being silly at all and panic attacks are horrendous to go through. I think it masks what the real issues underlying are though. My first reaction to reading about this was to suggest hypnosis to help you. Just a thought. Are you on any medication that you can take whilst you are in a hyper anxious mode? My son was given meds which he only took when the anxiety was coming on. I think it was beta blockers...but not sure.
 
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I would 100% agree with trying hypnotherapy - it can be extremely effective (at least I found it to be, and I was sceptical at first). As a long, long-term emetophobe, I now have hypnotherapy every now and again when I feel I need a bit of a helping hand.

Beta blockers can also help really well for panic attacks (subject to your doctor’s advice 🙂). I take Propranolol once a day as standard, and up to two more a day if I need them. I also have Diazepam (Valium) to take as needed - but try to avoid this if you can as they can be very addictive if not used with care.

Hope this helps 🙂
 
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