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Woman Says She Hasn't Left Her Home In Six Years Because She Has A Phobia Of Vomits

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A woman hasn’t left her home in six years because of an intense phobia of vomits, called emetophobia.

Emma Davies, 35, is the mother of one living in Swansea. She says that her fear and medical condition has completely taken control of her life and she is so scared of being sick that she has been homebound for over several years.

Davies says "A lot of people are scared of sickness or being sick, but it doesn't get to the point where it takes over their life.

"But it affects every minute of my life and I haven't laughed properly in the last few years.

"The depression has gotten to me so badly that I hardly leave my room.

"It takes over my life to the point where I can't go out - it's a lot more than just scared of sick. It's constantly on my mind, it affects me every minute of the day."

Emma says while she - like most people - always found vomit and sickness unpleasant, it started to get out of hand around 12 years ago when it began to impact her job.

She added: "It's the thought of seeing, hearing or smelling sick - anything like that - that affects me.

"I started having panic attacks at work, which scared me a bit, and also on the bus on the way to work because I was feeling sick.

"It meant I had to leave work - which was hard because I had worked ever since I left school.

"Gradually over the years it got worse and worse, and I have at least six panic attacks every single day."

She says her panic attacks are triggered by various everyday tasks that most of us would undertake without a second thought.

"I have them just before I cook, after I cook after I've eaten and other little things like that," she said.

Despite trying numerous things to help get her life back, including cognitive behavior therapy and psychotherapy, Emma says nothing has worked. She has now launched a GoFundMe to try and raise the cash to see a hypnotherapist she believes will be able to help. She hopes that the hypnotherapist will be able to help her gain control over her phobia so she can get back to living her life.