Emetophobia: new therapy brings hope to sufferers
For some years now, there has been a method with which emetophobics can literally unlearn the fear of vomiting. We are aware that most sufferers react extremely skeptically to such a statement. After all, many have been fighting their disease for years, yet true freedom from fear seems a long way off. We also know how much emetophobics suffer from their fears, because we have been allowed to support many people in finding their way out of emetophobia. Therefore, today we can say with certainty that with the right approach, it is possible to overcome even severe emetophobia. And that WITHOUT confrontation therapy and WITHOUT psychotropic drugs.
Emetophobia: at what point is fear of vomiting pathological?
Emetohobia is much more than just finding certain situations “disgusting”. Those who suffer from it are constantly afraid that they might throw up themselves or witness someone else doing so. Even to read this text, an emetophobe needs quite a bit of self-conquest.
Some do not even know that they suffer from an anxiety disorder. Rather, they believe that they are simply particularly sensitive in certain situations. Others, however, are fully aware that they suffer from emetophobia. Nevertheless, many do not talk about their disease, because it is uncomfortable for them and even the conversation about the topic can be a trigger for physical and psychological problems.
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In cases of severe emetophobia, the mere thought of having to watch others vomit or being confronted with the topic of “vomiting” through conversations, films or pictures is enough to cause the affected person to be seized by strong feelings of anxiety.
The fear can increase to the point of a panic attack, which means that those affected experience real mortal fear. Dizziness, rapid heartbeat, nausea, shortness of breath and the feeling of completely losing control break over the affected person like a tidal wave. Hard to imagine for someone who is not affected by this anxiety disorder themselves.
Other common symptoms of emetophobia include:
- Difficulty swallowing
- Feelings of trepidation
- Tingling in various parts of the body
- Feelings of derealization
- hot flushes or even cold shivers
- muscle tremors
What’s especially bad for sufferers is that anxiety is often triggered by ordinary bodily sensations such as digestive noises or a feeling of hunger. And even a short cough can be enough to set the chain reaction of anxiety in motion.
Those who suffer from emetophobia avoid many fun things
Wherever there is partying and, in case of doubt, drinking alcohol, sufferers of the disease suspect that they will “witness vomiting”. That is why emetophobics avoid company parties, concerts, disco visits and fairs as much as possible. And for the same reason, ship and air travel are no longer considered attractive.
Everything that is fun and enriches life, such as a vacation abroad, is classified as a potential danger by those affected and therefore rejected. This not infrequently causes trouble for partners, family members and friends in social interactions, because leisure time planning always has to be geared to the fears of those affected.
If you suspect that a person around you suffers from emetophobia, do not condemn their behavior. Emetophobia is not a harmless tic, but a serious illness. Those affected experience extreme anxiety up to and including panic attacks. Instead, help him or her find a therapy that really helps.
Knowing that emetophobia is not “normal” does not help
Those who suffer from the fear of vomiting usually know that this fear is unreasonable. Nevertheless, those affected are convinced that they cannot overcome these fears. They are constantly waiting to be confronted again with something that could trigger nausea.
It is precisely this incorrectly trained focus that is the main trigger of the phobia. Because our brain, as brain research is certain today, networks every single thought in the form of synaptic connections. Over time, this creates a veritable data highway in the brains of those affected, which is good at one thing in particular: Create unfounded “fear of vomiting.” Nevertheless, emetophobia is NOT a disease that you have to deal with for the rest of your life.
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Everything that you have trained yourself unconsciously, such as an emetophobia, can also be trained away consciously. In other words, just because your brain has automated certain unpleasant thoughts does not mean that you are at the mercy of this automation for the rest of your life.
Learn how to turn off emetophobia in the brain
This much in advance: The suffering that is triggered by an emetophobia is not imaginary, but completely real. The body really reacts! Nevertheless, the fear of vomiting is strictly speaking based on nothing else than a wrongly linked brain. A certain type of negative thinking and visualization has become so neuronally entrenched that emetophobes react with violent physical and psychological symptoms at the slightest thought of vomiting.
However, if certain thoughts can become so independent that healthy people become emetophobes, then there must also be thoughts that can reverse this process.
How to neuronally erase the fear of vomiting
The fear of vomiting arises from the fact that those affected permanently imagine that they could either vomit themselves or witness the vomiting. However, if you ask an emetophobe how often she or he has actually experienced this, you will usually hear: “Never” or “Once, but that was many years ago”.
So, on closer examination, it becomes clear that a pure fantasy (that is, what could happen) is the basis of emetophobia. However, if a pure fantasy is responsible for creating a real and serious disease, then there must also be a counter-fantasy through which this disease can disappear again. And exactly this counter-fantasy was developed in the Institute for Modern Psychotherapy 5 years ago.
With the help of new mental techniques, the neuroplasticity of the brain is stimulated in such a way that the fear of vomiting is reduced more and more on a neuronal level. At the same time, thoughts that an easy and carefree life is also possible are anchored more and more strongly in the brain, until a new, also automated behavior develops from it.
One could also say that those affected forget more and more to think about whether they could vomit and thus their whole life changes for the better.
Unlearning emetophobia is possible!
While confrontation therapy is usually very lengthy and unpleasant, the Bernhardt Method takes a completely new approach. Based on the latest findings in brain research, those affected learn to anchor better “fantasies” in their brain in such a way that an emetophobia is literally deprived of its neuronal basis. As a result, the fear of vomiting fades more and more from week to week until it finally disappears altogether. All without confrontation, without medication, and without painful childhood digging.
Good to know:
False fantasies are not only responsible for the development of emetophobia. Agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, hypochondria or a social phobia are also triggered in this way, only that the negative fantasies then focus on things other than vomiting.
How the Bernhardt method helps against emetophobia
Suppose you had received an invitation to a dinner with friends. People with severe emetophobia usually react in two ways in such a case. On the one hand, they would like to spend a nice evening with friends, but on the other hand, immediately after the invitation, they start fantasizing about what could go wrong. What if they can’t stomach some of the food? What if too much alcohol is drunk? How will the others react if you hardly eat anything? One negative thought follows the other, which is why such invitations are accepted less and less often, which sooner or later often leads to social isolation.
All the negative thoughts that have just been described are delivered fully automatically by the brain of an emetophobic, while at the same time it is hardly able to develop inner images in which one eats with pleasure all that is served. And even the idea of perhaps drinking a glass or two of champagne, beer or wine and finding the slightly intoxicating effect pleasant simply won’t succeed.
And this is exactly where the Bernhardt Method comes in. With the help of Special Mental Techniques, such as the 10-Sentence Method or the Zoom Technique, negative thoughts regarding eating together are increasingly reduced and replaced by positive ones instead. In this way, over time, a feeling of security and anticipation is created (e.g., of eating together with friends) and these positive emotions feel as real as the feelings of anxiety did before.
Even more safety with new fear-stop techniques
Should an anxious feeling still arise from time to time, the Bernhardt Method additionally offers a whole range of new anxiety-stopping techniques, such as the Pitching Technique or the Visual Slide Technique, which really work. Especially people for whom breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation or pure distraction had little to no effect are amazed at how easily and quickly anxiety and panic can be stopped with these new techniques.
Of course, this does not happen overnight. It takes some practice and daily repetitions. But if you’re willing to work on yourself, you can reduce your anxiety by 80 to 90 percent relatively quickly with 20 minutes of daily training. As a result, after just a few weeks those affected often do things without inner resistance that were unthinkable just a few months earlier. How long it ultimately takes to completely overcome an emetophobia or other anxiety disorder depends, of course, on how long one has been affected by it. Mostly, however, this process takes only a few months. This is confirmed both by numerous doctors who already work with this method and by many former anxiety patients, from whom we have collected a few testimonials for you here.
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You don’t necessarily need a therapy place to do something about your fears. Since the Bernhardt Method is also excellent for self-therapy, all mental techniques can be learned in just a few hours with the help of an online video course and then safely applied.
Self-therapy with the help of an online video course
What exactly are the thoughts that you should pay attention to in the future? And how can better thoughts be anchored in the brain in such a way that the “automation of fear” becomes an “automation of calmness”? You will learn this and much more in our video course ” THE ANXIETY CURE!”
Possibly, based on your previous experience, you can hardly imagine that it is actually possible to completely overcome emetophobia within a few months. That is absolutely understandable. But maybe a free episode of our video course will help you understand how you can literally unlearn a fear of vomiting, too.