by Eliana Rutherford


Emetophobia is the anxiety that you or others will throw up. Most people with emetophobia stop eating or avoid food because they are afraid that if they eat, they will throw up. Anorexia often becomes a symptom of emetophobia. Sometimes, the person with the anxiety is afraid to do anything social in fear of someone else throwing up. They sometimes avoid places with alcohol or never become pregnant for fear of morning sickness.


Individuals with emetophobia often feel like if they go into any public place, they will encounter it or throw up themselves. Their heart beats really fast and they feel a lot of fear.

Signs and Symptoms

*avoiding food or smells associated with past vomiting episodes

*avoiding places with germs

*holding their breath around people

*avoiding bad smells

*excessive hand washing

*refusing to shake hands with people

*very fidgety or queit

How is Emeptophobia diagnosed?

You can test at home with an ADHD Test or an Emotional Stress Test.

How is Emetophobia treated?

Most of the people with emetophobia go to a thereapist and go through exposures. Exposures are a situation that specifically address the anxiety. Exposures for emetophobia might be watching videos or looking at pictures of people throwing up. There are also medications that help the symptoms.

Where can someone seek help?

There are many places to seek help. You can go to a therapist, doctor, family, friends, or anyone who is willing to help. The most important thing is that you are not alone. A lot of people who go through this think that they are not alone.


*The closest estimation is that 1.7-3.1% of males and 6-7% of females suffer with emetophobia.

*Many adult emetophobia sufferers can claim to have been vomit-free for 10 or 20 years or more

*Emetophobia is the fifth most common phobia, according to the International Emetophobia Society.