Emetophobia: Preliminary results of an internet survey

Joshua D. Lipsitz, Abby J. Fyer, Anthea Paterniti, Donald F. Klein

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Through electronic mail, we surveyed members of an internet support group for emetophobia (fear of vomiting). Respondents were 50 women and 6 men with a mean age of 31 years. Results suggest that, for this sample, emetophobia is a disorder of early onset and chronic course, with highly persistent and intrusive symptoms. Emetopbobia is implicated in social, home-marital, and occupational impairment and it causes significant constriction of leisure activities. Nearly half of women avoided or delayed becoming pregnant. About three quarters of respondents have eating rituals or significantly limit the foods they eat. Respondents describe other problems such as depression, panic attacks, social anxiety, compulsions, and frequent history of childhood separation anxiety. Depression and Anxiety

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-152
Number of pages4
JournalDepression and Anxiety
Issue number2
StatePublished - 16 Oct 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Anxiety
  • Emetophobia
  • Internet
  • Nausea
  • Phobia
  • Survey
  • Vomiting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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