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What’s YOUR Phobia?

**Originally posted in January 2015**

So we all have something we’re afraid of, right? And to that particular person the fear they have can be serious! For instance, some people are afraid of clowns while to others having a fear of clowns is just silly. But to the person with coulrophobia (fear of clowns, I looked it up!) the fear is real!

There are MANY phobias that exist! Here is a List of Phobias that I came across. Crazy right? I had no idea there were that many phobias out there!  And MINE is on the list. It’s a phobia that I’ve had since the 5th grade, possibly even younger than that. What’s it called, you ask?

Emetophobia. Yes, I have a fear of throwing up. I  remember one day when I was a child someone got sick and I went into a full on panic attack.

Now of course, no one LIKES throwing up. But to a person with emetophobia, when we throw up or if we see someone throw up we panic. I mean, PANIC. I know for me, my heart starts racing, my hands start shaking and I just feel out of control. The classic symptoms of an anxiety attack. At least for me, that is.

Over the years, I have gotten better at handling this fear. There was a time when I was a child that you couldn’t even mention the word “throw up”or “puke”, or “vomit” around me. It would throw me into a panic attack. However, as I’ve gotten older I’ve been able to better control it. I do take a medication for anxiety which helps a lot.

People with emetophobia will distance themselves from people who are sick. We will avoid eating certain foods that might make us sick. And a lot of women will avoid getting pregnant because of the fear of morning sickness. I’ve never been pregnant and because of this fear of mine, I don’t plan on becoming pregnant and having kids. Kids get sick. Kids will throw up. It’s inevitable. So I want to avoid it as much as I can.

It’s a very strange fear, I know. Trust me, I know how weird it is. But its something I’ve never been able to shake off. It’s something I’m going to live with for the rest of my life and I just have to make adjustments!

A verse that helps me when I’m having an anxiety attack is found in Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Anyways, just thought I’d share this. Emetophobia is real, y’all. I sure wish it didn’t exist though!

Do you have any phobias?

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Phobias That Threaten to Stifle

Via Daily Prompt-Stifle
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I am claustrophobic. When I have to get an MRI  the doctor prescribes me Ativan or some other sedative to help me relax while in the machine. The MRI’s I must have are of my brain so I also have to have this cage wrapped around my head to keep my head from moving. Talk about feeling panicky! I feel like I’m in a coffin!

I feel stifled when I’m in closed in spaces. I hate elevators. I’m not fond of flying. That horrible feeling that everything is closing in on me tries to overpower me.

Big crowds aren’t a favorite of mine either.

When a room is filled with people I tend to migrate to a corner of the room with eyes on the quickest exit. I have to know where an exit is in case I start feeling too smothered.

I’ve always been like this. Luckily it’s not as bad as it used to be though.

Another phobia that tries to stifle me is my emetophobia, or in other words, a fear of throwing up. Yes, you read that correctly. There is a fear of throwing up and I have that fear. I’ve had it since about the age of 8 after I got violently sick after eating a hot dog. (I still don’t touch them to this day, *shudders*)  But the fear would be so bad that you couldn’t even say the word throw up around me. If you told me you had a stomach-ache I was out of the room in a flash. Anything that had to deal with getting sick completely stifled me. My breathing grew fast, my heart rate accelerated and, ironically, I would grow nauseated which in turn made me freak out even more. It was a never-ending cycle.

I still am emetophobic but it’s nowhere near as bad as it used to be. I can use the words “throw up” “barf”, etc and it doesn’t usually phase me.  I still grow a little uncomfortable when I am around someone who has had the stomach bug. But I don’t dash out of a room. Now if someone actually does throw up in my presence then yeah I still dart out of the room.

I say all that to say this: phobias can stifle a person. But we don’t have to let them. With God all things are possible. With God, He can help us through any fear. We need not fear with Him on our side.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:6-7

 

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you

1 Peter 5:7

 

Do you have any phobias?

 

 

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What’s YOUR Phobia?

So we all have something we’re afraid of, right? And to that particular person the fear they have is serious! For instance, some people are afraid of clowns while to others having a fear of clowns is just silly. But to the person with coulrophobia (fear of clowns, I looked it up!) the fear is real!

There are MANY phobias that exisit! Here is a List of Phobias that I came across. Crazy right? I had no idea there were that many phobias out there!  And MINE is on the list. It’s a phobia that I’ve had since the 5th grade, possibly even younger than that. What’s it called, you ask?

Emetophobia. Yes, I have a fear of throwing up. I  remember one day when I was a child someone got sick and I went into a full on panic attack.

Now of course, no one LIKES throwing up. But to a person with emetophobia, when we throw up or if we see someone throw up we panic. I mean, PANIC. I know for me, my heart starts racing, my hands start shaking and I just feel out of control. The classic symptoms of an anxiety attack. At least for me, that is.

Over the years, I have gotten better at handling this fear. There was a time when I was a child that you couldn’t even mention the word “throw up”or “puke”, or “vomit” around me. It would throw me into a panic attack. However, as I’ve gotten older I’ve been able to better control it. I do take a medication for anxiety which helps a lot.

People with emetophobia will distance themselves from people who are sick. We will avoid eating certain foods that might make us sick. And a lot of women will avoid getting pregnant because of the fear of morning sickness. I’ve never been pregnant and because of this fear of mine, I don’t plan on becoming pregnant and having kids. Kids get sick. Kids will throw up. It’s inevitable. So I want to avoid it as much as I can.

It’s a very strange fear, I know. Trust me, I know how weird it is. But its something I’ve never been able to shake off. It’s something I’m going to live with for the rest of my life and I just have to make adjustments!

Anyways, just thought I’d share this.

What’s YOUR phobia?