by Paige

When I was in 1st grade I was eating lunch in the cafeteria and the boy across from me at my table threw up all over his tray. Ever since that day I've been deathly afraid of vomiting/seeing or hearing people vomit. I'm 17 years old and my phobia hasn't gotten any better... in fact, its only gotten worse.

My family and I took a vacation to Mexico last summer to visit some family. The altitude made me sick and i threw up for 2 days straight. I can honestly say that those were the worst 2 days of my life... I hadn't thrown up since I was 8. I was completely hysterical those 2 days. I kept screaming and saying that I want to die because I couldn't handle vomiting.

This phobia controls my life. I fear going to school, especially in the winter because that's when the flu bug always comes around here. Last year I missed about 20 days of school because so many people were sick. I had to have my friends pick up all of my assignments so I could do them at home.

I avoid going out in public because I fear being around someone that may throw up. I don't know what to do about this and it makes all of my friends and family worry about me a lot. I take comfort in knowing that I'm not the only one that as this fear, but I wish that there was some way to remove it.

I've heard that the only way to get rid of emetophobia is to watch videos of people throwing up. There is absolutely NO WAY i could do that... ever. :/ Any advice?

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