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  1. #1
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    Feb 2017
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    Question Recovery anxiety

    Hi everyone, I'm a largely recovered emetophobe thanks to CBT. My phobia does not limit me anymore, and I don't fear v*ing in any other situations than being ill with the bug. However, people around me have gotten it on the lately, and the fact that I view it kind of casually and not with immense panic is freaking me out. The thought of being s* just isn't that bad anymore, but when I think about having the bug, it scares me. A lot. Not really because of the v*ing, actually. More because it feels strange and foreign to me that I can think about getting it without feeling like I want to die. It's making me depresonalised, which is making me anxious. I could really use some support right now, I don't feel well and I'm scared I'm gonna be s*, but at the same time I'm not. Has anyone else experienced this?

  2. #2
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    Dec 2012
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    Default Re: Recovery anxiety

    If you're depersonalized about v*, you might not be recovered as much as you think. depersonalization stems from severe trauma, and detachment from reality to protect yourself. I'm with you though, i usually fear it mostly w the sv. just try and remind yourself that that calm feeling is a good thing! wishing you well <3

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2018
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    Default Re: Recovery anxiety

    I've experienced this although I'm not fully recovered. But recovery for an emet usually just means that we don't fear vomiting to the point where it limits our lives and it's a more generalized fear, even non-emets sometimes get afraid or apprehensive upon getting sick especially with a bug, it's just natural. By bug I'm assuming you mean noro/stomach flu and in that case it could be anxiety due to part of your brain still feeling as if it needs to protect you from it. Assuming you've been an emet for years the anxiety is going to take awhile to "go away" completely (and considering most people with phobias have some type of anxiety disorder, it never really does) since you've built up a routine and way of thinking about it for years. It's going to take time and I would consider talking to your therapist (if you have one) about it, since it sounds like you might have a skewed perception of the bug that's making you anxious still.

    I feel like it's common for any recovered phobic/disorder to still have a sense of anxiety about the thing, sort of like PTSD, and sometimes people are just afraid of getting better overall. But remind yourself that depersonalizing is harmless and it's just your anxiety. Breathe and ground yourself (five things you can see, four things you can feel, three things you can smell, two things you can hear, one thing you can touch), you're perfectly safe and you're gonna be okay.

  4. #4
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    Apr 2019
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    Default Re: Recovery anxiety

    Hi, thanks for posting about remembering to breathe and how to ground. Iíve never heard that before. Thanks!

 

 

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