If you have not heard about what emetophobia is and what it can do to a person's life, you probably are not in the minority. Emetophobia is plainly represented the irrational fear of vomit or anything hinting at vomit, and it's discussed very little in public. That's because most sufferers feel a fair amount of shame over having this serious condition.
In strong contrast to how little it's known in the public consciousness, it is in fact estimated to be the fifth most common phobia. And it can cause serious disabilities for a person suffering from it – many activities considered normal for an emetophobe are disturbing. These include things like driving or traveling in general, drinking alcohol, or simply going to a public restroom or eating out.
It is tough enough to be suffering from emetophobia, but if you combine the phobia and children, you have a recipe for potential disaster. The emetophobe will have to face up to his fears daily.
The fear of vomiting very common spreads to a more general fear of being sick or of germs in general. One of the hardest things for a person with emetophobia is to see a loved one being ill. This applies doubly so for women with this condition who have children and are forced to take care of them.
This is such a huge problem that some sufferers may even choose not to have children at all. The anxiety over getting morning sickness and throwing up, or that the child will get sick and they will be the only one that is able to take care of the child, simply overtakes their strength to face up to the fear.
There is hope, however. Having emetophobia does not have to immediately mean that the mother will have to deal with constant panic attacks. I know many women with emetophobia who have told me stories about how they have managed to deal with their children. There are instances where a child has thrown up and the mother has had to clean them up, without ever giving it a second thought.
Some of these accidents have even happened while driving, I have heard. In one case, luckily the father was driving and the mother was in the passenger seat. They dropped over, and she cleaned her child up, without getting nervous or going into a panic attack at all. These things do happen and I keep hearing these stories.
Emetophobia can be managed. And it sees that the extremely strong maternal instinct that women have can overcome all sorts of adversity. That is a dash of hope for those who do suffer with emetophobia and are parents or about to become one.