Emetophobia: Preliminary results of an internet survey

  title={Emetophobia: Preliminary results of an internet survey},
  author={Joshua D. Lipsitz and Abby J Fyer and Anthea Paterniti and Donald F. Klein},
  journal={Depression and Anxiety},
Through electronic mail, we surveyed members of an internet support group for emetophobia (fear of vomiting). Respondents were 50 women and 6 men with a mean age of 31 years. Results suggest that, for this sample, emetophobia is a disorder of early onset and chronic course, with highly persistent and intrusive symptoms. Emetophobia is implicated in social, home‐marital, and occupational impairment and it causes significant constriction of leisure activities. Nearly half of women avoided or… 
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