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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug 2017

    Default New to the Site

    Hello there. My name's Emily, I'm 18-years-old, and I've suffered from this phobia my whole life. As a kid, it always caused a lot of avoidance, but never any true anxiety. Just recently, I've been a total wreck, though. I've been having panic attacks every night for the past three weeks, which makes me feel n*, which only causes more panic, so on and so forth. Literally nothing can distract me anymore. My therapist gave me tips on how to calm down, but nothing works, and I'm feeling pretty helpless. I see my therapist for OCD and I really feel like I should be on medication, since my OCD and anxiety is getting out of control, but I'm cripplingly afraid to try a medication in the fear that it'll make me n* or v*. I honestly feel like I'm in a huge pickle because either option brings me great worries. I either stay off of medication and live in constant anxiety, or get on medication, and live in constant anxiety that it'll make me feel worse physically. I'm totally stuck, which is why I came here. Hopefully I can make some friends and at least feel less alone.

    Phobias aside, I'm going to school for fashion, I love alternative music, and work at a dog groomers. Oddly enough, the doggy-germs don't freak me out! Nice to meet you guys, and hope to hear from you soon

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2016

    Default Re: New to the Site

    Hi Emily, welcome to the IES! I understand how emetophobia is getting in the way of your life - it happens to all of us emetophobics. I think you should work with your therapist on calming techniques and take the medication. When you take the medication and then feel anxious about the possible side effect of v, then you make yourself week woes ebacsuenyour mind is tricking you! Using calming techniques (breathing, meditations etc) you can help hold back the anxiety over taking meds! Ask your therapist about the meds, like "have you ever prescribed the to somebody and they did v from the meds?" You have a great life going on and you should like it with as little anxiety as possible!



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