Emetophob;a no more
Living life despite the fear
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."
(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