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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers; 1 edition (15 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843105365
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843105367
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 622,981 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nicolette Heaton-Harris lives in Hampshire, UK, near the beach. A lifelong emetophobe and Coeliac sufferer, she has a particular interest in health, is the author of Teenage Pregnancy: A Parent's Guide and Children's Health: Combating Obesity, and also writes health stories for Patient UK.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Busy mum on 18 Jun. 2007
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I am so disappointed by this book. I have been waiting impatiently for it for months, only to discover that it is basically a long description of what it is like to be an emetophobe. Granted, that is useful and I agree that it can serve an important service in informing people about emetophobia. But that description adds nothing to what can be found on any of the emetophobia forums.

If you want to learn how to COPE with emetophobia, as promised in the title, this is not the book for you. It will just reassure you that you are not alone. As an emetophobe myself, I was hoping for some real advice and informed discussion of different approaches to getting better. However, the author is incredibly brief (only 3.5 pages) on coping strategies and basically concludes that no kind therapy can cure you. For example, the author's discussion about cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is limited to "Next I tried CBT and again nothing happened. Talking about the past, recounting past events where vomitting had been involved, did nothing to lessen the phobia." This is a wildly inaccurate explanation of what CBT is. CBT is not about "talking a problem away". I also find the author's discussion of desensitisation ("This desensitisation is the most laughable idea") unhelpful and indicates a lack of understanding of the approach.

Furthermore, her repeatedly statements that no emetophobes have ever been cured is also desperately discouraging for anyone looking for a lifeline. My message is: please don't be put off by this book from looking for ways to get better!

I have suffered from emetophobia all my adult life (I am 38). I have been in therapy for one year and my life has been transformed by it. I admit that I am not cured. I still fear being sick beyond everything.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Ley on 23 May 2007
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I also suffer with emetophobia and think this book will really help people who have emet because like me it makes you realise that you are not alone with this awful phobia. I know there is no miracle cure explained in the book, something we would all like, but there is no cure (as yet, but we keep hoping) Like the title says "Living with emetophobia" it explains what it is like to live every day with it and it also has stories from other people who live with this horrid phobia.

I for one think it is an excellent read, also it will also help emet sufferers to be able to pass the book onto family and friends so they can read it and understand the phobia a little better rather than having to keep repeating yourself and trying to explain to them what emetophobia is. I for one am going to be passing my copy onto my Doctor so he can read it and understand it a lot more.

Jackie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Nj Pugh on 15 Oct. 2009
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I am 22 years old and have suffered with emetophobia as long as i can remember. When i was younger i felt like i had control of my phobia but now i feel it is controlling me.

I have been to see my doctor several times and been diagnosed as having Irritable Bowel Syndrom and an OCD but none of them seem to understand that all of my problems relate back to this extreme fear and so i am no closer to finding a way of coping.

I saw this book on an emetophobia support website and decided to buy it as the title suggests it will help the reader to cope. I was so disappointed with this book!! Don't get me wrong, it is a brilliantly written book but it simply describes in great detail how emets suffer and does not actually offer coping strategies at all!

I was also very disheartened by the authors statement that no one is ever cured of emetophobia!! This is controlling my life and i am really struggling with every day at the moment so to have this book tell me there is no cure was a bit of a blow.

Nevertheless it is very informative and i feel would be much better suited to be given to a family member or friend to help them understand how you feel.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JG on 19 May 2007
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This book is both disappointing and fascinating.

It is disappointing for the reader to discover that the author despairs of finding an effective treatment, and has encountered so many psychologists who fail to understand her condition.

It is fascinating because it is written by someone who is unafraid to reveal her irrational thoughts and actions, and the work shows a number of repetitive themes that offer a useful insight into the emotional turmoil of emetophobics.

In my view, this is just about the last book an emetophobic should read, but a pretty good read for any psychologist with deep and genuine concerns about the issue.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Reader on 29 Oct. 2009
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Three and a half pages on 'coping strategies' (which tell you to breathe deeply and 'get busy'.) The rest of the book describes all the symptoms, which a sufferer knows only too well!

My copy is in the bin .. Save your money.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amazon lover! on 27 Jan. 2008
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I had high hopes for this book but was also disappointed.

The synopsis says "Living with Emetophobia is a must-have for anyone suffering from emetophobia, anyone living with an emetophobic as well as professionals treating or supporting people with emetophobia". I personally feel this is misleading.

This is a great book for those on the outside of the phobia to read but not for those, like myself, who have emetophobia. That is, unless you want to read about just how bad you could be with this phobia. Emetophobia manifests itself in many different ways. Personally I don't find it helpful to read at great length about other ways it could affect me that, so far, I've been lucky enough not to worry about!

As another review has said, this book is almost completely about what it's like to have emetophobia. Don't be misled by the word "coping" in the title, it is being used purely as an alternative to the word "living". There is very little self-help in this book. If, like me, you are looking for solutions then you may feel short changed by this book.
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