My 14 year old daughter has a phobia of vomiting. Thinking back she has had this for a number of years but it is only recently that this has come to a head. I think it started the night before a gymnastic competition - she was quite sick and I put it down to nerves. She gave up gymnastics soon after - I tried to get her interested in something else but have never managed. She starts something but has never carried it through and I just thought she has just not found her niche yet. Just recently I have noticed how OCD she is about certain things, in particular cleanliness and the dates on food. She is always washing her hands and is obsessive about whether other people have washed their hands before handling food. She also examines food very carefully before eating it and if it has the slightest imperfection she obsesses it is mould or something. She tries to avoid any situations that remind her of sickness (hence the gymnastics) - including her Grandma's house as she was sick the last time she was there, any clothes she may have worn when she was sick, and food that she reckons has made her sick. Don't get me wrong, she is not generally a sick person - I can probably count on one hand the number of times she has been physically sick. She also panics when her friends ask her to tea as she is afraid she will not like the food and it will make her sick. If she goes to school and a friend mentions she feels sick she avoids that friend all day and then feels really guilty. She is starting to have doubts about a school trip coming up in February and is worried she will not be able to go because of the fear of vomiting. I have tried to talk to her myself about it to find out what it is that she is so scared of - I've told her that vomiting whilst an unpleasant experience, will not kill her.
Should I seek professional help (which is quite difficult to get - I've been trying to get an appointment with the doctors all week without success). Or should I try and talk and support her myself?