I have severe emetophobia and it's come to the point where it's interfering with daily life. I have figured a lot out about myself throughout the years and know that my terrible anxiety is from this phobia. But I don't want to live this way anymore. I want to enjoy life, not fear it...I've talked to doctors and I have a number for a therapist so that should help, but for now, what can I do? I am tired of feeling sick from the fears I have of getting sick...I want to get to a point that if I get sick, I can just accept it and do what needs to be done to get better, like normal people. Any advice is appreciated. What do you do to manage your phobias, how can I take the first step to getting over mine?
It is strange, I feel a lot of people don't know what exactly causes their stress, but that they have it and know it needs to be managed somehow. For me, I do know what causes my anxiety and panic and I am unsure if that if for better or worse. I know my triggers and am fully aware of my OCD. I feel as though I cannot stop thinking or doing things that either trigger my anxiety, or make me feel better about it, like my OCD habits. I am usually experience mild anxiety, everyday until I sleep. I feel sick and shaky, I get nauseous which makes me clamp my jaw and gives me shivers. I experience drowsiness and dry mouth, lips and it gives me diarrhea. This is only when it gets very very bad, which does not happen too often. I have emetophobia, and is the sole reason, that I know, for my anxiety. The next day after a panic attack, I feel weak and generally sick, like I am coming down with a cold. I beat my body up with my sick and vicious thoughts...I get by with small amounts of marijuana (suggested by my doctor) and aroma therapy oils. Kava tea has also helped greatly. Other than that...I just get through it, day after day...View Thread