One book has been published by a person with emetophobia
Living with Emetophobia: Coping with and Extreme Fear of Vomiting by Nicolette Heaton-Harris is published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers (ISBN 9781843105367)

We have also written: Overcoming Health Anxiety including fears of dying and vomiting by Rob Willson and David Veale published by Robinson (due late 2009). (The information in the chapter about the fear of vomiting is similar to this website but there is more detail of on the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy as applied to health anxiety and vomit phobia)


These are as far we know all direct or indirect references on emetophobia or a Specific Phobia of Vomiting in the scientific literature from which the information on this was website was compiled.

Becker, E. S., M. Rinck, et al. (2007). "Epidemiology of specific phobia subtypes: findings from the Dresden Mental Health Study." European Psychiatry 22: 69-74

Boschen, M. J. (2007). "Reconceptualizing emetophobia: a cognitive-behavioral formulation and research agenda." Journal of Anxiety Disorders 21(3): 407-19.

Boyd, J. H., D. S. Rae, et al. (1990). "Phobia: prevalence and risk factors." Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 25(6): 314-323.

Davidson, A., C. Boyle, et al. (2008). "Scared to lose control? General and health locus of control in females with a phobia of vomiting." Journal of Clinical Psychology 64 (1): 30-39.

Garcia, J. R., K. W. Rusiniak, et al. (1977). Conditioning food-illness aversions in wild et al. (1993). Cognitive behavioural therapy for panic disorder with a primary fear of vomiting: conceptual and treatment issues. Proceedings for Association for Advancement of Behaviour Therapy. Atlanta, GA, USA.

Kessler, R. C., W. T. Chiu, et al. (2005). "Prevalence, Severity, and Comorbidity of 12-Month DSM-IV Disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey Replication." Archives of General Psychiatry 62(6): 617-627.

Lesage, A. and Y. Lamontagne (1985). "Paradoxical intention and exposure in vivo in the treatment of psychogenic nausea: Report of two cases." Behavioural Psychotherapy 13(1): 69-75.

Lipsitz, J. D., A. J. Fyer, et al. (2001). "Emetophobia: preliminary results of an internet survey." Depression & Anxiety 14(2): 149-52.

Lydiard, B. R., M. T. Laraia, et al. (1986). "Can Panic Disorder Present as Irritable Bowel Syndrome?" Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 47(9): 470-473.

Manassis, K. and E. Kalman (1990). "Anorexia Resulting from Fear of Vomiting in Four Adolescent Girls." Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 35: 548-550.

McFadyen, M. and J. Wyness (1983). "You don't have to be sick to be a behaviour therapist but it can help! Treatment of a 'vomit' phobia." Behavioural Psychotherapy 11(2173-176): 173-176.

McKenzie, S. (1994). "Hypnotherapy for Vomiting Phobia in a 40-Year-Old Woman." Contemporary Hypnosis 11(1): 37-40.

McNally, R. J. (1997). Vomiting phobia. Phobias: a handbook of theory, research and treatment. G. C. Davey. Chichester, Wiley: 186-187.

Moran, D. J. and R. M. O'Brien (2005). "Competence imagery: a case study treating emetophobia." Psychological Reports 96: 635-636.

O'Connor, J. J. (1983). "Why can't I get hives: brief strategic therapy with an obsessional child." Family Process 22(2): 201-9.

Ohman, A. and S. Mineka (2001). "Fears, phobias, and preparedness: Toward an evolved module of fear and fear learning." Psychological Review 108(3): 483-522.

Philips, H. C. (1985). "Return of Fear in the Treatment of a Fear of Vomiting." Behaviour Research Therapy 23(2): 45-52.

Ritow, J. K. (1979). "Brief Treatment of a Vomiting Phobia." The American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis 21(4): 293-296.

Stinson, F. S., D. A. Dawson, et al. (2007). "The epidemiology of DSM-IV specific phobia in the USA: results from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions." Psychological Medicine 37: 1047-1059.

van Overveld, M., P. J. de Jong, et al. (2008). "An internet-based study on the relation between disgust sensitivity and emetophobia." Journal of Anxiety Disorders 22(3): 524-531.

Veale, D. and C. Lambrou (2006). "The psychopathology of vomit phobia." Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy 34(2): 139-150.

Veale, D (2009) Treating a Specific Phobia of Vomiting. (in submission)

Wijesinghe, B. (1974). "A Vomiting Phobia Overcome by one Session of Flooding with Hypnosis." Journal of Behavioural Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry 5: 169-170.

Wolitzky-Taylor, K. B., J. D. Horowitz, et al. (2008). "Psychological approaches in the treatment of specific phobias: A meta-analysis." Clinical Psychology Review 28(6): 1021-1037.

Dr David Veale, FRCPsych (

Consultant Psychiatrist in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, South London and Maudsley Trust and The Priory Hospital North London.