Emetophobia, the extreme fear of vomiting, can affect just about every aspect of sufferer's life, from everyday considerations ('what food will be "safe" for me to eat?') to matters that involve making huge, potentially devastating decisions ('I can't have this baby, I can't face morning sickness'). Nicolette Heaton-Harris has first-hand experience of the phobia and its effects. She suggests strategies for coping with the high levels of anxiety that are intrinsic to the phobia, as well as pre-empting and avoiding anxiety attacks. The experiences of fellow sufferers of all ages, male and female, are shared throughout the book and a list of useful organisations providing further information and support services is also included. "Living with Emetophobia" is a must-have for anyone suffering from emetophobia, anyone living with an emetophobic as well as professionals treating or supporting people with emetophobia.
Nicolette Heaton-Harris lives in Hampshire, UK, near the beach. A lifelong emetophobe and Coeliac sufferer, she has a particular interest in health, is the author of Teenage Pregnancy: A Parent's Guide and Children's Health: Combating Obesity, and also writes health stories for Patient UK.
Contents: Foreword. Introduction. 1. What is Emetophobia? 2. My Story. 3. Emetophobia as a Catalyst. 4. Worklife? 5. Relationship Risks. 6. The Home Environment. 7. Illness. 8. Holidays. 9. Food Worries. 10. Medication. 11. Emetophobic Mothers. 12. Nights and Sleep. 13. Leaving the Home. 14. Secrecy. 15. Releasing the Pressure. 16. Emetophobia in Children. 17. Effect of Emetophobia on Non-emets. 18. Counselling and Therapy. 19. Coping Strategies. 20. Summary. 21. Personal Stories from Emets. Organisations and online resources.