Thursday, June 05, 2008

Emetophobia disrupts wedding plans - bride tries hypnotherapy

Emetophobia is the irrational fear of vomiting, being around others who are vomiting, and/or the vomit itself. It is very debilitating but there is help available like Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, hypnotherapy and counselling.

A bride-to-be who suffers from an irrational fear of vomiting has postponed her big day until she finds a cure. Emma Pelling is so terrified of being sick on her wedding dress that she has enrolled with a hypnotherapist in the hope of finding the courage to walk down the aisle. The 19-year-old suffers from "emetophobia", an extreme fear of vomiting, and has put off her wedding to fiance Gareth Heal while she seeks treatment.

The trainee vet has suffered from the rare condition for five years, having never recovered from the embarrassment of being sick in front of her classmates at school. The phobia also means Miss Pelling cannot bring herself to revisit places where she has vomited, such as fairgrounds, aquariums and her local cinema. (Link)

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