Hello community, I've recently joined this social network and wanted to explain my anxiety to the group to see if anyone else is experiencing what I have been for the past two years. For as long as I can remember, I've had a fear of vomiting (both for myself and/or seeing others vomit). It wasn't until two years ago (I'm 29) that this phobia started to cause me daily anxiety and impact my everyday life. Ironically, the way my body experiences anxiety is by feeling nauseous. I know, right? It's awful. The anxiety causes me to feel nauseous and then the feeling of being nauseous makes the anxiety worse. It's a vicious circle, and on some days, it's debilitating. On other days, I feel fine. It took me over a year to realize my anxiety is caused by this vomit phobia, and after lots of research, I learned that other people have this to. It's called emetophobia. I've since started working with a therapist who specializes in emetophobia and I'm really hoping it will help. It's essentially CBT and exposure therapy (it does NOT involve making me throw up lol). I'm currently feeling down because I'm sitting here nauseous, knowing it's my anxiety, and am worried that I'll never be able to kick this phobia. I fear getting the flu, food poisoning (so every time I eat I'm questioning if it will make me sick), motion sickness, etc. If you think about it, there's a lot we do in life that could make someone throw up. It's ridiculous, and I get so frustrated with myself that I have such a silly phobia for something that's a normal bodily function. I don't want to live my life with this anxiety all the time, feeling nauseous like I have morning sickness. I'm not even pregnant nor have I ever been ( although i'm almost curious if morning sickness will cure my phobia one day). If anyone can relate or offer any advice, I'd really appreciate it. Thank you!