I haven’t blogged about my emetophobia in a while – which is a good thing! Because it hasn’t really been on my mind. Although while I was on vacation I had a major stepback (yeah…11 hour panic attack…), things have been a lot better!
I haven’t had a stomach pain induced panic attack since then! And that was almost a month ago. I’ve been feeling a lot more positive about my emetophobia issues. Lately, whenever my stomach hurts, I actually think to myself “Okay, what’s the worst that could happen? You get sick. Then it’s over. There’s a bathroom right there. You’ll be fine.” And I actually GET OVER IT.
That’s a first. Seriously. I know that I still have a very long way to go, but I’m feeling pretty good about things right now. I think seeing my psychologist really helped. She asked me if I was a rational person, and I said of course. And then she basically said, “if you’re a rational person…why do you think so irrationally when it comes to your stomach fears?”
It really got me thinking. Nothing she had said before had impacted me as much as that. And it was so simple. But it stuck. And it’s helped! So yeah. There you go.
Things are far from perfect – but they’re definitely getting better!