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Quick background info: I’ve had emetophobia for about 7/8 years. I have digestive disorders that cause me to feel nauseous on a daily basis. I am a senior in high school but am home schooled so I don’t leave the house except for occasional grocery store trips and doctors appointments. I have generalized anxiety and panic disorder and have experienced depression as well. I’ve been to a few therapists and none have helped. I find that I can only help myself by taking my own action.
Current issue: My emetophobia is getting much worse. I am afraid of leaving my house and exposing myself to illnesses and I live with three other people who could potentially introduce infections to the household. I am scared of being sick because I lose control and because it ruins anything i’m looking forward to in my life (which isn’t a lot, but I try and hold on to the things I am looking forward to like my birthday, Halloween, and Christmas time). I don’t want those experiences to be ruined by sickness. Since flu season is beginning, I am getting scared. If I could have anything in the world it would be to live a life free of all illness. I feel like I would be happy if that was the case. I don’t know what to do anymore. I am so worried and stressed all the time and my parents can’t take it anymore. Does anyone have suggestions?
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