After 20 years of suffering in silence, Emma is “100% over” emetophobia and living in paradise!

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Emma suffered with severe emetophobia in silence for 20 years – missing out on lots of great experiences, such as going to parties with friends and keeping jobs she loved.

This is often the case with emetophobics – they are embarrassed about their condition and don’t want to share their reasons for not wanting to attend social occasions or eating certain foods. Like Emma, they’d make excuses and often lost friends because of this.

As with all emetophibics, Emma was terrified of encountering vomit or sick, to the point where she avoided social occasions in case someone was ill. Her life was unfulfilled and she didn’t even drink alcohol for eight years, in case it made her ill.

But then Emma found ‘Cure your Emetophobia and thrive’ and changed her life. Over a few weeks of working through the programme, she regained control of her emotions and began to conquer her fears. It worked when other therapies and treatments had failed.

Whilst completing the programme, Emma took her first holiday in years to Fuerteventura and finished the programme whilst there. Deciding to change her life dramatically thanks to her new positive outlook, Emma decided to STAY there for good and now lives in paradise with no phobias or anxieties holding her back!

The Thrive Programme is the most predictable cure for Emetophobia (the fear of being sick/vomit). In our recent research survey ALL participants stated they were cured of their phobia. You can download the research from or

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Emetophobia, the fear of vomiting, is widespread; it is one of the most common phobias for which people consult Thrive Programme Consultants. Research has suggested that prevalence of a fear of being sick ranges from 0.1 to 8.8% percent of the population (Hout & Bouman, 2011).

These different figures probably depend upon whether the researchers assessed participants for any sort of ‘fear’ of vomiting or solely focused upon a severe ‘phobia’. These prevalence figures suggest that somewhere between around 63,000 and 5.5 million people in the UK suffer from emetophobia.

Emetophobia is known by many names (emetophobia, specific phobia of vomiting (SPOV), vomit phobia, sickness phobia, fear of vomiting…) and is associated with other fears and disorders, such as phagophobia (a fear of gagging, swallowing or choking), a fear of pregnancy, social anxiety and obsessional disorders. People can fear vomiting themselves and/or others vomiting. Most individuals with emetophobia are female, with research studies revealing that 85-97% of their emetophobic participants are women (Hout & Bouman, 2011; Lipsitz et al., 2001; Veale & Lambrou, 2006).

Emetophobia tends to be a severe symptom and often significantly affects sufferers’ ability to lead normal lives. People with this fear often go to great lengths to avoid encountering anything that could lead to vomiting. They may, for example, be teetotal or heavily limit their alcohol consumption and avoid pubs or clubs where others may drink heavily and then vomit. They may worry a great deal about hygiene, and be fussy about making sure everywhere is clean. They may take excessive time off work or school because they worry about being exposed to germs that will cause them to be sick.

Many sufferers of emetophobia have unsuccessfully tried a range of treatments. Veale and Lambrou (2006), for example, found that twenty-nine percent of their sample of vomit phobics had received some form of therapy for their fear, which overall they rated as largely ineffective. Veale and Lambrou (2006, p. 139) have stated that “clinicians generally regard it as challenging to treat because of high drop out or a poor response to treatment.”

In 2007 Rob Kelly – a therapist with over 25 years clinical experience – launched ‘The Thrive Programme’, which is a revolutionary psychological training programme – that people can learn at home from a book – that thousands have used to transform their lives. All the ex-emetophobics in this youtube channel used the emetophobia version of the Thrive Programme book to overcome their phobia.