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please can someone help me? emetophobia.

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Daisycat22 Wed 29-Jan-14 23:24:33

I have long term mental health issues (personality disorder, bipolar, anxiety, depression) are some of the names been banded about over the years, no firm diagnosis as I usually don't stick around long enough.

My main issue is emetophobia, I have had this for as long as I can remember. Over the years it has been really bad (was virtually homebound in my 20's) and sometimes a lot better (able to go on holiday).

Anyway, I had a breakdown (for want of a better word) 2 years ago and was unable to work for over a year I then got a job in a residential home and really enjoyed it.

However, before Christmas there was an outbreak of d & v and I unfortunately caught it. Now before this I actually hadn't been sick for years and I think over time the true horror of being sick lessened. When I was ill with this bug I wanted to die (no exaggeration). I was off work for a week and my anxiety levels went through the roof. Going back into work was one of the hardest things I've ever done.

I have now regressed to how I was years ago (restricted diet, OCD very bad and I don't want to leave the house unless necessary). I've started CBT 2weeks ago and I just feel at my wits end. I don't know what to do about work I feel physically sick every minute I'm there, my anxiety is so bad I'm near to tears for the whole shift.

I was at work yesterday and someone was sick, I hid in the toilet and only came out when I knew it had been dealt with. I'm looking for another job but nothing so far but I feel like I can't go back, I'm due in on Friday and feel like I'd rather sever my own arm than go back there!

I don't really know what I'm asking, I just feel so fed up with it all.

Pandora321 Fri 07-Feb-14 20:27:10

Hi, I found this post while looking for advice form myself. I too have had this for as long as I can remember and am desperately seeking a way out of this phobia.

I have found info on hypnosis and cbt but I can't afford the 60-70 per session they charge. It would be ok if it was a one off but they say you need 8-12 sessions!

If I find any answers I will post back here.

Stay strong x

Millie2013 Mon 10-Feb-14 07:34:55

Sorry, this isn't something I know much about, but there's a support thread here, that you might find useful. It sounds really tough for you sad

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