Emetophob;a no more

Living life despite the fear
 
 

About

Welcome to EmetophobiaNoMore!

This space is meant to give you a variety of information about Emetophobia, or SPOV (Specific Fear Of Vomiting), and also a peek into my own journey alongside this uncomfortable travel companion.

 

As a person who struggled with this condition for the best part of my life, I've spent most of this time being completely lost as there were so few resources that could have help me understand this under-researched and so rarely mentioned condition that can actually be truly detrimental to one's life if not treated properly. I will also be writing about anxiety, depression and panic attacks, which seem to be part of the package deal that comes with Emetophobia. 

 

If you are the one who's affected by this condition or you're a caring partner, friend or family member who's trying to help your loved one, you are already aware that this condition is very difficult to live with, and can sometimes be nearly unbearable. Therefore, besides talking about Emetophobia I'll be also sharing a lot of different and fun ways that have helped me reduce my anxiety, fear and stress levels. In my blog I'll be writing about the ways that art, music, meditation, pets and even cooking have been helpful in my journey.

 

My only scope is to share with you all the information I wish I had available a long time ago when I was feeling lost and plainly weird. Most of all, I want to make you feel that you're not alone, and that there is hope!  ​

"You don't have to have it all figured out to move forward...just take the next step."

My story

(and why I created this space)

I am Jelena and I was born and raised in Croatia. As I did all my schooling in Italian ever since kindergarten, I ended up studying and living in Italy for many years. Italy was the place where I spread my wings, discovered my adult self, created friendships that would last a lifetime and eventually met the man I was meant to marry. It was the usual story, girl meets boy, he steals her heart and she decides she'll follow him to the end of the word. This journey takes her from the heath of a tiny Mediterranean island to the Noridc cold of Finland.​

Despite the fact that I have a degree in psychology and I am obviously passionate about this field, my greatest passion in life is art and today I am lucky enough to make art for a living. Art, besides becoming my full time job, played a big role in my fight with Emetophobia. It helped me relax, focus on the present moment and distract myself from the overbearing and paralyzing thoughts that most of the time dominated my mind. 

 

I have decided to create this website as my life has been deeply affected by Emetophobia. Even though I struggled with it for most of my life it was only five years ago that I actually discovered what I was actually suffering from, to the contrary of the myriad of misleading diagnoses I was assigned since my teenage years. Reading for the first time the definition behind the name “Emetophobia” was both relieving and terrifying at the same time. The symptoms list was practically a summary of my daily schedule of fear, panic attacks and endless avoidance behaviours.

At that time there were very few resources available online and nobody seemed to have heard of this condition, therapists and psychiatrist included. As any other thing related to this condition, finding the right treatment proved to be very challenging as it wasn't available locally, or even in a close proximity. However, finally, after being treated for most of my life for things I didn't suffer from, I eventually did find a specialised therapist who helped me carve my way to recovery. That therapy saved my life as I was just about to give up on it. 

 

All this has prompted me to create a website which is meant to be a collection of useful information for other people who might be fighting the same battles and their loved ones, besides being an intimate space where I'll be sharing my own journey and all the little and big things that have helped me along the way. I always felt I needed to find a purpose to what seemed to be a never-ending battle. If sharing my experience with this heavy life companion could be useful to even one person then maybe it would all have been worthwhile.

My life is still impacted by Emetophobia so I am not here to teach you anything; I'm simply here to share the information I wish I had available a long time ago and to make all those suffering in silence feel a little less . My only hope for this website is to give a little light to the darkness that Emetophobia can bring to one's life. 

To read about my personal journey with Emetophobia please click on the button below! 

Everything you want is on the other side of fear

 
Finding the right treatment for Emetophobia can be a true challenge. In the country where I live there were no professionals who had any experience in this field and actually the great majority of them never heard of it in the first place which was one of the causes of the number of misdiagnosis I've been assigned in all these years. However it's important for you to know that if you do think you're suffering from Emetophobia, or a loved one of yours might be, then do know that there are people who are specialised in this area, who have been researching it for years, who have met other people with the same problem and have helped a great number of them. Such professionals might not be available in your country, which shouldn't be a reason to lose hope. Thanks to technology today there are different ways of getting help, even from the comfort of your own home. There are therapists who are experienced in this area and who offer sessions via Skype on a regular basis, some of them actually specialising exclusively in online therapy.
 
To be perfectly honest I was the first one to be sceptical about online therapies after going through more than a decade of traditional face to face therapies. However after realising that my condition needed the attention of a specialised professional I decided to try it. Travelling was not an option for me at the time so the online approach was the only viable alternative. I was practically sure it wouldn't have worked but I couldn't have been more wrong. I was afraid the lack of the physical presence would have made the therapy somehow cold and distant making it impossible to relax, open up and therefore inevitably being an unsuccessful therapy. I quickly understood the warmth and the comfort of the therapy depends on the therapists and the feeling you have with them. I do believe not all therapists work for everybody. There must be a certain affinity, a good match. I was lucky enough that I clicked instantly with my therapist even tough she was across the continent. She made me feel comfortable, she was engaged at all times, she never looked around and always faced the camera, which quickly made me forget there was a camera in the first place. She has not only been incredibly present and involved during the sessions but has always followed up with summaries and helpful tips to get me through the tasks that were set during the sessions. I went from being the biggest sceptic to the biggest believer that online therapy is the most incredible gift for people who cannot find suitable help in their own vicinity. 
 
Doing online therapy allows you to access it from the comfort of your own home, which, to many Emetophobes, could be an incredible help considering they might be very uncomfortable going out or travelling long distances. More importantly, as per my research, professional help for Emetophobia is not available in many countries therefore it might be likely that for many of you there will be no trained professionals available in your city or even in your country. Therefore the online therapy is a great option for Emetophobes around the world. If you do happen to find a local therapist experienced in this field then it is definitely worth contacting them first. However just knowing that there is help available, as easy as a click away, is of incredible value. If you struggle with this difficult life companion and you haven't yet reached out for help I would strongly advise you to get some help from trained professionals as this is a very specific condition and therefore it requires a specific approach and treatment.
 
To access a list of professionals specialised in Emetophobia please click on the button below!  And remember, it's not your fault you suffer from Emetophobia, but it is still your responsibility to find a way out of it. Nobody can do that for you but you. So first of all find the will to get better and once you find it reaching out for help will come naturally! 
 

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© 2017 Emetophobia no more

All the material on this website is provided for your information only and should not be used as medical advice or instruction. The purpose of this website is to promote knowledge, understanding and awareness about Emetophobia. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you think you might be suffering from this condition it is highly advised to seek professional medical assistance.