The Complete Guide to Emetophobia [INFOGRAPHIC]

by on January 2, 2013


The Emetophobia Awareness Project

For something that affects so many people’s lives in such a deep and profound way, emetophobia is shockingly misunderstood and understudied, even by professionals.  This ongoing neglect of a condition that destroys the quality of life for what is likely millions of men, women, and children around the world is something that I’m sure you would agree needs to change, but the question is how?

Increased awareness can be all it takes.

On the surface, it may seem like just making people more aware wouldn’t really be very helpful.  What does it matter if people know what emetophobia is or if they remain as they are now, clueless that it even exists?

Awareness is the driving force that propels a condition from relative obscurity to one that gets the attention required to elicit change.  Increasing awareness and making the condition more visible to the public as a whole would lead to more research being done, which leads to more answers, treatment options, and availability of help for sufferers.

Here’s Where You Come In

Awareness needs to be driven by the community.  It need YOU to push it forward and into the public eye.

The good news is that in today’s world it’s incredibly easy and takes almost no effort at all to help and participate.  You don’t need to share your personal story (but it’s great if you want to), you don’t need to wear a t-shirt about it, and you don’t need to wear a special ribbon so people ask you about it.

All you need to do now is push a button.

The whole world is together now on Facebook and Twitter and other social platforms. All you need to do to play your part in making the future different is to click a button and share something about emetophobia that will increase its visibility and help people gain a basic understanding of the condition.

That’s it.  Just a click and things can start changing.

More research.

More answers.

More help.

It all starts with you and the rest of the community.

Below is great infographic that you can share to help.  It outlines what emetophobia is, how it impacts lives, why it needs further study and research, and some other interesting facts – all in a way that’s easy to read and understand. All you need to do is share this post on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest, or the social networks you frequent by using the buttons at the top or bottom of this post.  If you have a blog of your own, write a post about it and feel free to share the graphic below as long as you provide a link giving this post credit.  I tried to make it as easy as possible for you to spread the word and shed more light on the condition of emetophobia, but it really all comes down to you and if you’ll do your part too.

The Emetophobia Guide

The Complete Guide to Emetophobia: What You Need to Know [INFOGRAPHIC].

(Click infographic image for full size view)

We’re All Counting on Each Another

Here’s three things you can do your part right now:

1.  Share this post on Facebook.

2.  Post one of the Tweetables below on your Twitter stream.

3.  Write a post on your own blog and talk about what we’re doing, or write about your experience with your phobia, or create something even BETTER than the infographic above!

Let me know in the comments what YOU did to help raise awareness!


So, are you going to help spread the word and raise awareness? Here are some great things to tweet, you’ll be able to review and edit your tweet before it gets posted to your stream:

  • The 5th most common phobia is one you’ve NEVER heard of » tweet this «
  • The phobia Cameron Diaz and Denise Richards have been reported having » tweet this «
  • See how the cycle of fear works that makes a phobia like emetophobia do powerful » tweet this «

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Anonymous January 5, 2013 at 6:57 pm

This is amazing. Several people know I am Emetophobic and this will help to get the awareness of this horrible condition.


Rich Presta January 5, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Great, I’m glad you liked it – pass it along!


Savannah Vetter July 19, 2013 at 11:57 pm

I finally got the recovery system and I’m actually starting to see changes. I’m 13 and had this for almost a year at times I thought about just ending it all but this program is showing me why I shouldn’t . Thanks a billion !


Savannah Vetter July 20, 2013 at 1:03 am

Actually, you deserve more than that sentence, because you are truly amazing for creating this system, Rich. When I hear the audio I actually can relate to your voice and the advice your giving. I suffered like this for 5 months before knowing it was a real fear. I never knew of Emetophobia .. I was alone . I used to just cry because no one knew. I know being afraid of throwing up is stupid … But it’s powerful and that’s what no one gets. But for once in my life you actually do , you don’t say “oh chill” “you won’t throw up” you say it how it is! I just can’t thank you enough! I used to have to take Xanax to calm me down . I hate taking pills I don’t wanna think I have to, and now I might not have to .. Before I saw this system I thought there was nowhere to turn to , no ending, just be going in circles and never ending this, I can’t tell you how many times I looked in my mirror and told myself I can do it .. And failed . Or how many times I was so miserable and so depressed of this fear along me over … I wanted to die .. Bit I couldn’t do it .. I didn’t wanna live but I was too scared to kill myself. Your program isn’t a quick fix and nothing is and I know . But the first au I got it I read it until I fell asleep and finished it the following day.. I reread it everyday when I’m anxious. But I never knew half these things . YOU taught me how to begin this journey . YOU taught us ALL. It was incredible what you did . I just wish I could tell you so much more . I would definetly reccomend it .. I’m 13 and come on I’ve been through it all.. The panic attacks on the highway, not touching door handles, asking “will I throw up” , not being able to eat, always getting these gagging feelings, I went to doctors , had blood tests, I go to therepy, can’t take pills because side effects and I cain’t swallow them period, I thought about ending this all, . But when I came across the name of this fear and knew I wasn’t alone I was happy. Someday when I overcome this all the way with your system, Rich… I wanna help and guide people like you did , I wish I could explain how much I’m thankful. My writing is probably the longest here and I’m so young. But I thank you.. And everyone on here I wih you much luck and success .. I know how hard it is wen no one understands you.. I understand . Thank you rich


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I’ll be posting this on Facebook! Most people think I’m making it up. 🙁


Rich Presta January 5, 2013 at 9:41 pm

Great! The more people that know and understand it the better.


oibird January 5, 2013 at 9:59 pm

i really want to post thison my facebook but honestly im worried people will choose to puke by me on purpose to check my response…. maaaan im annoying myself!!!


Rich Presta January 5, 2013 at 10:38 pm

I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t 🙂


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Maybe if they understood more they wouldn’t be as likely to, but some people are jerks no matter what, I understand that too.


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My boyfriend doesn’t understand the seriousness of it. no one really does. they all think I can just ‘think’ it away. as if I don’t already know that throwup isn’t going to eat me.


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Maybe this is a good thing to share with them to help them understand.


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my parents think that it can just go away. i dont think they understand it takes a toll. and bad enought i want to become a nurse. What is the Treatment for emmetophobia?


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Well I of course think the material I helped develop that is available on this site is great, but if you think you would be better suited to individual therapy that can be very helpful too if you find someone with experience with emet.


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My pleasure, i hope it’s beneficial to everyone!


Katie January 6, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Thanks for creating this I have now braved it and posted it on my Facebook page. I can’t believe the low number of research that’s been done on it. Progress is slow. Let’s hope this helps. Personally I have done therapy or different typew and feel about 90% there. Im very proud but its been a long process of 8 years to get to this stage.


Rich Presta January 6, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Way to go and thanks for sharing it, the more people that are aware and interested the more it will encourage new and better research.


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I have had this condition since a small child I am now in my 60’s it has ruled most of my life
I didnt know it had a name untill seeing it on FB 30 mins ago I have hidden it from others for years
making excuses not to go on public transport or go out where people will get drunk or may be ill now I know that others have the same condition I want to know more about the help available


Rich Presta January 12, 2013 at 10:50 pm

I’m glad you finally have a name for what you’ve been experiencing so you don’t feel so alone. Of course I suggest considering the program I helped develop below, but you need to decide what’s best for you and your situation and needs.



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I suffering with emetophopia for 16 Ys. Some specialist toled me it is a panic attac, others toled me it is anxiety. I tried to get rid of those diagnosises by using different type of drugs, but it still there. I’ll try your recovery system first. If it succeeds, I’ll puplish it on FB. Moreover, I’ll make a party and invite every one I know. Because of this problem, I lost a lot. I even can’t go to the cinema or any other place that contains people. I’m dreaming of a fish meal with my wife. I wish my dream comes true.


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If there’s a party I want to hear about it 🙂


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My pleasure, I’m glad it was helpful!


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Thanks for sharing it!


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Joy February 17, 2013 at 9:40 pm

I seriously thought I was the only person in the world with this fear. I feel so strangely comforted, knowing that it has a name, and that other people, including celebrities, experience the same fear. Which for me can be completely debilitating at times.. Thank you for this poster and explanation.


Rich Presta April 10, 2013 at 11:26 am

My pleasure! Rich


Imogen February 20, 2013 at 7:54 am

I’ve struggled with this my whole life as a result of being sick during life-threatening allergic reactions, I didn’t realise it had a name and was treatable! I’m starting a nursing degree in September and the thought of having to face it and be around people being sick was terrifying me! I don’t drink because I’m scared of being sick, I don’t eat shellfish and if people in my house are sick I panic and hide under the covers or go out! I didn’t think there were other people like it… glad to know I’m not alone 🙂


Rich Presta February 20, 2013 at 1:24 pm

I think the empathy and understanding you have from your struggle with emet will probably make you a GREAT nurse so I hope you don’t let it stand in your way!


bizijulea March 7, 2013 at 5:20 pm

I am so glad to have finally found somewhere to go where people understand how traumatic this phobia can be. I will look forward to sharing and making new friends.


Rich Presta April 10, 2013 at 11:27 am

Thanks for sharing it! so more people know what emet is! Rich


Eleni March 10, 2013 at 9:12 am

Wow this is great! No one knows im emetophobic apart from my friend who is living with the phobia too. Thanks Rich.


Rich Presta April 10, 2013 at 11:28 am

Glad you like it! Make sure your friend sees it too! Rich


Camila March 14, 2013 at 4:30 am

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Great infographic. I’m going to share it for sure!


Rich Presta April 10, 2013 at 11:29 am

There’s not too many studies in ANY country unfortunately, so let’s try and change that! You’re not alone at all, the forum I admin over at has over 30,000 members! Rich


Jalen April 27, 2016 at 8:52 pm

I do8;#n217&t get to this blog as often as I had planned, but can see I am missing a great exchange of whimsy & fun. Dale, are you doing or planning anything else that we can listen to?


Mandy Milward April 12, 2013 at 3:29 am

This is amazing. I have suffered from this phobia since as far back as I can remember. I was only a very young girl. I think my mother thought there was a problem with me and I was using it as an excuse at times. I have no idea why I have it, the reason must be somewhere in my brain 🙂
When I was pregnant with my son about 6 years ago, I was so terrified about whether I would suffer morning sickness, then it was the delivery, etc etc…
I googled some information and found out I had a condition called Emetophobia. Everyone I know, knows my fear! As some say though, not a lot of people think of it as a problem. My doctors kinda made fun of it when I had my son. They said it was all in my head and I must forget about it. It even ruined some relationships in my life as people did not understand it. Luckily my husband today totally understands it is a condition I have and he deals with it accordingly. It has taken 5 years for me to decide to have another baby just from being scared AGAIN! Here I am now almost due to deliver my second and I am terrified as to whether I will vomit!
I think about it every single day – ‘how much easier would my life be if I did not have this fear???’
Amazing!!!! Really hoping this will work and I’ll certainly do my part 🙂


Rich Presta April 12, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Thanks Mandy! I’m glad to hear you were able to start your family despite your fear and congratulations on your second! I’m sure it will go great. It’s unfortunate when people don’t take emet seriously enough, but I honestly think they simply don’t understand the inner turmoil people with phobias go through and how pervasive they can be, so I think they are coming from a mindset that simply doesn’t understand and not one lacking compassion. I think if they do know more about the condition and the impacts it has, they would relate much differently to those struggling, and the benefits of that could be significant all around, and that’s my hope by making things like the post and graphic above available to share.



Jane April 15, 2013 at 10:45 am

I’m now 50 years old and have been suffering with this ever since I can remember. The condition is restricting – I won’t eat out, I won’t share lifts with friends if going out to a party and I always drive myself so I can leave if people start getting drunk, I don’t drink in case I get drunk and ill, I won’t eat sea food of any kind and I am paranoid about sell by dates on food. I think many people think I’m rude. I guess we’re all the same. I did fly for the first time last year – my fear of other people getting travel sick had always stopped me. Luckily my family are very supportive – my children are now grown up and never once came home drunk. Interestingly I can’t remember the last time I was physically sick, not since I was a child. I’ve felt ill plenty of times but never vomited. I tried professional help about 20 years ago but it was unsuccessful and so I’ve just put up with my condition and worked around it. Having found Rich Presta on the internet I am now ready to have another go at sorting this out.


Rich Presta April 15, 2013 at 11:17 am

It’s never too late to start again Jane, you sound very courageous and determined and I think you’re going to do absolutely GREAT! Rich


Charmaine July 16, 2013 at 4:40 pm

The information in the infographic was so interesting. Both of my daughters have emetophobia and are in therapy. One has worked through it. The other is still struggling with it. I hesitate to post on my facebook out of respect for their privacy, but wonder if there are support groups or a blog where people that suffer from this (or parents of kids that suffer from it) can connect?


Deana September 2, 2013 at 5:28 am

Yes there is! Try


mary September 1, 2013 at 10:33 am

I never realized there were so many of us. I thought I was the only one until I read about it in a magazine when I was an adult. It has ruled my life since I was a child- became bad as a teenager and I stopped eating before and during school so I wouldn’t throw up. I have seen many psychologists for GAD and panic disorder over the years. Have talked about this phobia too but no-one has ever addressed it. And no-one understands if you do tell them and mostly its kind of embarrassing to tell people.


mary September 1, 2014 at 5:17 pm

the article on this downloaded to me has been extremely helpful thanks m m


Robert Allan March 17, 2016 at 11:36 pm

I am 83 years old and have been suffering this malady since I was 4 years old. I have been in mental hospitals on and off for 20 of those years. The works! Shock treatments back in the 1940’s . It felt like I was being executed. I lost many jobs (All because of my Emetophobia..) I am currently on meds for depression and anxiety. Phew!. I am going to try this program. If it works for me I’ll yell it to everyone that is suffering…


Lea Barchichat May 1, 2016 at 1:18 pm

I suffer from emetophobia. Let’s just say I lost a lot of weight, I hardly ever go out with my friends, I carry medicine like gravel along with me wherever I go even if it’s on the front porch. I am living in this terrible condition and always thought that I was alone. In the beginning I wasn’t able to say the word vomit even now it’s really hard. I don’t know when it started and how it did but I have a hunch. When someone in my class would say they had a stomach ache I would start panicking inside me. The last time that I threw up was 6 years ago, no one really understood how horrible it was for me. I am constantly in fear. My worst experiences were when I went to summer camp and there was a stomach virus going around, I begged my family to take me home but wasn’t able to convince them. Another one would be, once I was at a wedding and I was rushed out the door of my house to get there and was convinced that I had put my gravel in my bag, when I got there I got nauseous so I quickly took my bag and looked for it and it wasn’t there my head was swimming I was petrified! I am scared of ; school, cars, heights, other people, public, stomach pains, needles, hospitals, doctors, parks, metro, food, because they all lead to vomit. Please give me advice ASAP
Living terrified


Lea Barchichat May 1, 2016 at 1:25 pm

Continued from the last comment,
I am also scared of drunk people, plains, the country side, vacation, drugs, PEOPLE WITH BULIMIA
This part part is directly to rich, how do you get over Emetophobia? Do I have to throw up to get over it? because I don’t think that I could ever do that! I am only fourteen! Please help me!!!


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