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Emetophobia/Stomach virus/Your book

Posted by Marie Dillard on February 26, 2001 at 13:50:56:

I hope you can help me to help a relative. My cousin Andrea (38 yrs old) has suffered for years with anxiety and emetophobia. Starting in Sept. every year right thru till April, she fears getting the stomach virus that goes around. She obsesses about this every day. I purchased the book for her, Mind as Healer, Slayer, something like that quite awhile ago, she did read it but it didnt help much. I'd like to purchase your book for her. Anyway Dr. Stoll, I want to help her. She has come to the point where when she goes out anywhere (which isnt too often in the winter months) as soon as she gets home she washes her hands with antibacterial cleaner. I dont care where she goes, but everytime she walks in her door fom being outside right away she washes. Now for being an emetophobic, this girl hasnt vomited since she was a kid! I dont understand why she would obsess if shes been so healthy. Is there any info on this illness I can give her that might ease her mind? Like what are the chances of her getting this if she runs out to the bank or a convenience store? We live in a very small town, and at the most theres 2 or 3 people in either place, its not like the places around here are swarmed with people. I read about this and most places said it can be caught from hand to mouth contact with infected people and never mentions anything about it being airborne. Also, what precautions can she take other than washing her hands? She's very nervous because a couple of her neighbors have had this 1 day virus. Shes in a support group with 180 fellow sufferers which gives her some comfort knowing shes not alone. Shes so beautiful and a wonderful person, it tears me apart to see her dwell on this. I appreciate any advice on this and also please let me know if purchasing your book would be beneficial to her. Thank you for your time. Have a good day!



Re: Emetophobia/Stomach virus/Your book

Posted by Walt Stoll on February 28, 2001 at 10:52:48:

In Reply to: Emetophobia/Stomach virus/Your book posted by Marie Dillard on February 26, 2001 at 13:50:56:

Hi, Maria.

This is typical obscessive-compulsive behavior which is a brain chemistry problem. However, if she did not understand what she had with MAH, MAS. there is likely nothing that will.

I could recommend lots of other references ("Brain Allergies", "The Relaxation Response", etc.) since the chemical cause of this is pretty well understood but, her "support group" is just supporting her decision to continue having what she has. If that is what serves her, you just have to accept her as she is and stop trying to help. When SHE is tired of it she will get busy learning how to get rid of it.

Walt



Re: Emetophobia/Stomach virus/Your book

Posted by Maria on February 28, 2001 at 19:05:45:

In Reply to: Re: Emetophobia/Stomach virus/Your book posted by Walt Stoll on February 28, 2001 at 10:52:48:

She IS tired of it Dr Stoll. And very depressed. Is medication a good route to follow, shes not a big med taker due to the side effects of meds. What would you suggest for a start for her? Thanks



Re: Emetophobia/Stomach virus/Your book (Archive in brain chemistry.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on March 02, 2001 at 10:35:41:

In Reply to: Re: Emetophobia/Stomach virus/Your book posted by Maria on February 28, 2001 at 19:05:45:

Hi, Maria.

Being "tired of it" is easy. Doing something about it is not.

Until she is ready to put out that effort this is the wrong bulletin board for her. Perhaps after she has tried all the medications she will be ready. Have her try any of the MANY conventional websites dedicated to this problem. Many medications will work at least temporarily. The problem will be when they stop working she will have not only what sne has now but a drug dependency to get over as well. Perhaps, when she is feeling better with some medication, she will be up to actually doing something about her condition. The problem with that is that when people are feeling better, they no longer have the incentive (of feeling terrible) to do anything but enjoy the feeling.

There will never be a better time than now to DO something about her causes. However, she will only do what she will do. If swallowing a pill is the best she can do then she needs to be seeing someone who will give her that pill.

Let us know when she is ready to do more.

Namaste`

Walt

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