Honey, could you please not ever vomit again?
March 15, 2012 12:30 PM Subscribe
I have a vomit phobia. My SO is upstairs vomiting, and I think he has a stomach virus that's been going around. How do I get through this?
I did an AskMeFi search for emetophobia, and I've found some really great questions
and answers about dealing with the phobia
in a general sense. I've actually been working on systematic desensitization, and I can now vomit myself and not have an anxiety attack. I can also see vomit on the sidewalk and not go nuclear. I saw a lady vomit in the city the other day and even though I freaked out, I was semi-ok in a relatively short period of time. I am in therapy, and we have talked about this, but with meh results. I actually know where and when the phobia developed - I was in the hospital as a young child and my roommate was on chemo and vomiting all the time. Her parents would kind of drop of the face of the planet when she got really sick and I spent a lot of time listening to her vomit while crying out for her mom.
So, how do I deal with my SO vomiting right now?
I've never been in this position before and I'm freaking the eff out. I've been trying to talk myself down and rationalize but I'm pretty terrified. I was able to work up the nerve (took an hour and a Xanax) to go check on him once he was out of the bathroom and he's feeling really miserable.
Also, how do you (with or with out having this phobia) deal with your partner when they are vomiting? What's a normal reaction to seeing someone vomit?
Is it okay if I just let him deal with it himself?