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  1. #1
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    Hi, brand new. I came to this site after searching for a more specific term than emetophobia for what I experience.


    I am specifically afraid of stomach viruses. Other things, such as looking after drunk friends etc, dont phase me so much, but if anyone so much as mentions they feel queasy, I stop breathing in their presence and back away, then start to imagine that I feel sick to the point that I have to lie down.


    I have 2 children, and have had to deal with bugs at times. When my kids are in the throes of a gastro bug, I lock them away in their rooms, dealing with what needs dealt with by wearing a mask and weilding a can of disinfectant spray.


    I had a fight with my husband while he was feeling unwell because I refused to touch him.


    I always have medications like maxolon, stemitil etc on hand.


    Please help with your words of wisdom, what the hell is this??

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    Hello there nyxy, welcome to the forum!


    You're certainly not alone! I think we all fear stomach viruses more than any ordinary kind of v*, probably because they're so contagious, if you're not careful. Yep, your reactions sound very much like alot of us here - just freezing up when someone nearby is feeling ill, and not daring to breathe until you're a safe distance away from them.


    I'm not sure if there's a more specific phobia for stomach viruses in particular...but just know there are many, many others here just like you - and also, there are lots of mothers around here, so if you need someone to confide in, there are plenty of understanding people here in the same situation ^_^


    Hope to see you around! Sorry I coudn't help with your question!
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    welcome to the forum. I agree with angel13, we all have this.
    My suggestion to you is check out the treatment thread, it can be very helpful.

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    Hi nyxy,


    This is indeed emetophobia. Don't worry - your symptoms are very common. Please go to the treatments thread and read the sticky posts on the top. You will get a lot of information. There is good treatment available for this phobia, and hundreds of people have been helped and healed.


    All the best!
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    I'm the same in alot of ways. An sv* is the most terrifying because I know you can catch it and be sick for a while with it. When somebody is drunk, its gross but knowing you won't catch anything makes it not as bad.


    Also, Welcome!

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    Does anybody know if there is a specific name for "fear of sv*"?

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    Thanks guys, I guess these things come in all shapes and sizes, huh?


    I only fear what can makeme v*, and the sv is the biggest fear, but I am also so picky with food. My husband gets exasperated that I wont eat what I have coined "death food", ie, 2 day leftovers, while he is one of those freaks who thinks foods have a long fridge life. Of course, he is right, he doesnt get sick, but I am trapped in the mindset of "just because it didn't happen this time, doesn't mean it wont..."


    This place is great. As I am sure many of you have experienced, this phobia doesn't get treated with the gravity it needs, even by those who love us. It feels good to know that there is a place where I don't have to explain that I am not just being silly, where people wont tell me to "get over it".


    I'll check the treatment thread now, thanks again. [img]smileys/smilies_01.gif[/img]

 

 

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