I Never Wanted A Baby….Until I Did
Uncategorized / November 28, 2018

One thing that has always been true about me for everyone that knows me: I do not want children. When I was in early middle school, I had one motto: “I will adopt, why put more children in the world when there are so many without families?” In this period of my life our family were fostering several different children, and I absolutely fell in love with the thought of giving a child a home, when they had never experienced it before. (Disclaimer: this has not changed. I am still obsessed with adoption). I never understood the phenomenon “baby fever”. However, once I moved out of the innocence of being 10-13 years old, my stance changed. I did NOT want children. Pregnancy was gross. You have to have sex. Ew. *Disclaimer, raised (and still am) a Christian, did not have my first official kiss (besides one that lasted .5 seconds) until I was almost 16, and it was with my husband. Sexual thoughts were not on the radar until much, much later. I am weird. It is fine. Something has to grow INSIDE you. As it is growing inside you, it also moves and makes you fat and sick. Sounds…

What is Agoraphobia?
Uncategorized / November 1, 2018

After the introduction on what Emetophobia is, it is only appropriate that I also introduce the issue that impacts my life the most. I began suffering from Agoraphobia in earnest in February of this past year. I battle against it daily. The word agoraphobia comes from the ancient Greek word “agora“, which means “place of assembly” or “marketplace”. Fun Facts on Agoraphobia: Median onset age of Agoraphobia is 20 (my life is too ironic, I developed it a month before my 20th birthday). 0.8 percent of adults have agoraphobia without a history of panic disorder (I am not one of those people). Agoraphobia used to be placed under the umbrella of panic disorder, diagnosed as “Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia”, this has since been changed. Agoraphobia is a unique diagnosis. Early intervention is crucial with agoraphobia. CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and medication are the most common treatments for agoraphobia. The Weird Side of Agoraphobia: Agoraphobia has many different ways that it presents itself. Fears that are common in agoraphobia are crossing bridges, elevators, a fear of crowds, a fear of open spaces, and a fear of being alone. Most people associate agoraphobia as a fear of open spaces. Therefore, a lot of time when people…

What is Emetophobia?
Uncategorized / October 31, 2018

Emetophobia is an extremely common phobia, yet it is not normally talked about.  Emetophobia is the fear of vomiting. Emetophobia is a very real phobia, and it causes intense symptoms of anxiety and distress around events pertaining to anxiety. This could include: The fear of vomiting The fear of others vomiting The fear of vomiting specifically in public The fear of seeing vomit All of these are aspects of emetophobia. Emetophobia can become so debilitating that a person cannot even talk about vomiting without starting to panic. Emetophobia is extremely common. While it is hard to say just how common emetophobia actually is, a quick Google search will bring up a plethora of results on the topic. It is common enough that Buzzfeed has written an article on it, people have created entire counseling courses for the treatment of emetophobia, and there are forums everywhere on how to cope. The one key part of struggling with emetophobia is that it is different than having another type of phobia. Yet to people on the outside this is not immediately clear. What is the difference? When people have a phobia such as acrophobia (the fear of heights), it really should not affect their…

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