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Living with Emetophobia: Coping with Extreme Fear of Vomiting [Paperback]

Nicolette Heaton-Harris
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15 April 2007
Emetophobia, the extreme fear of vomiting, can affect just about every aspect of sufferer's life, from everyday considerations ('what food will be "safe" for me to eat?') to matters that involve making huge, potentially devastating decisions ('I can't have this baby, I can't face morning sickness'). Nicolette Heaton-Harris has first-hand experience of the phobia and its effects. She suggests strategies for coping with the high levels of anxiety that are intrinsic to the phobia, as well as pre-empting and avoiding anxiety attacks. The experiences of fellow sufferers of all ages, male and female, are shared throughout the book and a list of useful organisations providing further information and support services is also included. "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.

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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: 21.7 x 14.1 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nicolette Heaton-Harris lives in Hampshire near the beach. A lifelong emetophobe and Coeliac sufferer, she has a particular interest in health, is the author of A Parent's Guide To Their Teenager's Pregnancy, and also writes health stories for Patient UK.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars not in front of the patients, please 19 May 2007
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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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Emetophobics proceed with caution! 27 Jan 2008
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what i expected! 15 Oct 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars .
I am emetophobic. I bought it myself understanding that it wasn't a 'fix it' book. It helped me learn about my own fear, and made me realise there a others who suffer to. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rhiannon
1.0 out of 5 stars disheartening
i found as a sufferer that this book did me way more harm than good. it made me give up hope that i would ever get better. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kim
3.0 out of 5 stars ok, nothing special, overpriced
having suffered from a fear of vomiting since childhood I downloaded this onto my kindle. I have nearly finished the book and in summary i would say this is more useful for those... Read more
Published on 22 Sep 2012 by julybabe
4.0 out of 5 stars kindle edition emetophobia book
I felt like I could have written this book myself, it is a relief to be able to get some information about this phobia through someone else's personal experience. Read more
Published on 23 April 2012 by K.ME
1.0 out of 5 stars Mehhh
I personally haven't read this book, I'm sure its good to know what life it like living with a phobia of sick but for people like myself I know all to well what it's like so there... Read more
Published on 21 Mar 2012 by Jemma
5.0 out of 5 stars fantstic
this is a must read book for emetophobics, its something that i have thought about doing many times, write a book so that other emets can see they are not suffering alone. Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2011 by denimladyxxx
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Poor
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... Read more
Published on 29 Oct 2009 by C. Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great work
This book is going to be a saviour for me. We know there isn't a cure for emetophobia, I am emet myself and am a member of emet forums, we all know there is no 'cure' but there... Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2007 by L. Smith
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