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Emetophobia Questionnaire

Do you become nauseous at the thought of nausea? Take this test to find out if you have 'emetophobia.'

Mark Travers, Ph.D.

By Mark Travers, Ph.D. | January 31, 2024

Emetophobia, a relatively obscure yet profoundly impactful phobia, revolves around an intense fear of nausea and vomiting. Emetophobia extends beyond the mere aversion to sickness, manifesting as a complex web of anxieties affecting various aspects of an individual's life. From avoiding specific activities and locations to meticulously planning days around their fears, emetophobia can significantly compromise one's well-being, relationships and overall quality of life.

Identifying and measuring emetophobia symptoms is crucial for addressing the challenges faced by individuals grappling with this phobia. The fear of nausea and vomiting, often unnoticed, leads sufferers to navigate life in silent distress. Recognizing symptoms goes beyond acknowledging the fear; it is a gateway to understanding its profound impact on mental health, relationships, and daily functioning. Quantifying these symptoms paves the way for targeted interventions, fostering a more compassionate approach to overcoming emetophobia.

Developed to fill the diagnostic gap, the Emetophobia Questionnaire reflects avoidance behaviors and anxieties related to the fear of nausea and vomiting. Its value lies in identifying emetophobia and understanding specific fears and triggers unique to each individual. Serving as a roadmap for mental health professionals, it offers a standardized means to measure, assess and tailor interventions for those navigating the challenges of emetophobia.

You can take this test here. Please follow all of the steps to receive your results.

Step 1: Rate the following statements based on how much you agree with them on a scale of strongly disagree to strongly agree.

Step 2: Enter your age, gender, region, and first name so we can provide you with a detailed report that compares your test scores to people similar to you.

Step 3: Check to make sure you've provided answers to all of the statements/questions above. Once you've done that, click the button below to send your responses to Awake Therapy's Lead Psychologist, Mark Travers, Ph.D. He will provide you with an overview of how you scored relative to others (all answers are anonymized and confidential to protect users' privacy). He can also answer any follow-up questions you may have.

References: Boschen, M. J., Veale, D., Ellison, N., & Reddell, T. (2013). The emetophobia questionnaire (EmetQ-13): Psychometric validation of a measure of specific phobia of vomiting (emetophobia). Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27(2013), 670-677. doi:10.1016/j.janxdis.2013.08.004

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