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Emetophobia. Phobia dominates life. How could I relive from fear?

Hello. I have Emetophobia . I am 15 years old, and this phobia dominates my life. I constantly worry that someone around me, or even myself will get sick. I freak out if someone even coughs or says that they do not feel well. I constantly feel sick because I worry that I m going to be sick so much. This only makes me feel even worse. What would you recommend me to do to relieve some of my fears?
Asked On : Mon, 10 Dec 2012
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Hi Anna,
Fearing that you will become sick by staying with sick people cannot be termed as emetophobia, as emetophobia is more of phobia about the vomiting, the act of vomiting or feeling nauseated. The problem you are having is more of negative thoughts that we frequently encounter in conditions such as depression. First and foremost, you did not mention, since when are you having this problem. If this problem is due to a depressive episode, the symptoms can be controlled by taking appropriate medications like SSRI and also cognitive behavioural therapy will also benefit you,wherein you challenge your automatic thoughts.
All said, you will be well once you are into treatment.
Answered: Mon, 10 Dec 2012
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