I've suffered from a fear called Emetophobia for the past five or six years â€“ it's really just a fancy word that refers to the fear of vomiting. While I often tell myself that getting sick is natural â€“ y' know, that shit just happens sometimes â€“ the self inflicted pep-talk really doesn't help.
I can link my fear to a traumatic experience in high school. I ate some bad chicken in the school cafeteria, and needless to say, I was down for the count. Couple that with a 3.5 hour ride on a bus that resulted in perpetual motion sickness for the entire duration of the commute, and presto...I was â€“ and am â€“ scared of a repeat experience.
The fear often controls my activities. I'm careful where I eat out, hesitant where I go socially, very reactive towards any sort of stomach discomfort, and generally anxious about feeling ill sometimes. I don't want to live my life like that.
From what I know, this isn't necessarily uncommon. However, given the great advice that HA has give in the past, I'd appreciate any suggestions that you have.