Anonymous asked: What are the chances you think that you go out, touch doors and handles of bathrooms and then eat with your hands and catch the stomach virus?
People don’t always wash their hands and even then they don’t get sick! Sickness is by chance. Of course they would be at higher risk to get sick than someone who did wash their hands regularly
Thank you for asking this OP! I was wondering the same thing just the past couple of days. In personal experience, I get more sick from eating bad food than by touching things followed by touching food. I used to touch door handles and poles in public transportation right before eating and I’m 95% sure none of that made me sick. Of course, it’s reassuring hearing someone confirm that using good hygeine is a way to stay somewhat healthier.
cartoonygothica asked: [Is it weird that I could handle watching the intense vomiting scenes in Spirited Away, in which the "no-faced" spirit literally throws up pretty much everything he ate and turns back to normal, yet I'd freak about normal people throwing up from being sick?]
No it’s not weird. There are some things I can and cannot watch. There’s a scene in Parks and Rec (Sierra mentioned it the other day) with graphic vomit and I actually laughed!!
I have the same thing where I can watch certain scenes/movies but not others. *Potential triggering detail ahead* Getting sick in comedy movies tends to bother me because it’s played for laughs and I don’t find it humorous at all, but I can usually handle it in horror movies because I expect a certain level of grossness. That said, I hate it in zombie movies when getting sick leads to degenerating, which is one of my real-life fears (basically that when one things goes wrong, it all goes wrong). The weird thing is, there are other things I consider horrific (nosebleeds) and I can watch scenes with that sort of thing and feel uncomfortable but not triggered. I think it helps knowing that it’s just a movie and it’ll all be over in an hour to two hours.
I hate it when I read articles about “fat Americans” and how everyone needs to be in the ideal BMI. First, the BMI is an inaccurate measurement that can die in a fire! Second, the BMI is a bad judge of whether you lost weight healthily. Let me explain.
I have a host of mental problems, including anxiety/emetophobia. I am terrified of vomiting (like, the pre-vomit stuff as well as the after-effects. The act isn’t too great, either). Fine, nobody likes it. But here’s the problem: if I feel anxiety creeping in, it’s always nausea and dizziness with the occasional digestive distress. I feel exactly how I don’t want to feel. It would be more tolerable if this only happened in legitimatly threatening situations, but ha ha. For some reason, my mind and my gut make me sick right before, during, and after I eat. My mind tells me “You’re going to be sick, there’s something wrong with this food, you’re not okay.”. I actually like (certain) food but you wouldn’t know it. I haven’t been able to enjoy a meal for at least two months, plus I had problems for the past two years. I also feel the sickness when I’m stressed about work or stressed about college problems. Surprisingly, I can handle genuinely scary things like nosebleeds (now that I know how to stop them) and horror movies (fantasy violence and gore, but I can do it where others can’t). Food in particular…not so much.
Oka, so you have the background. The problem is that if I can’t get my mind and gut to shut up, I could very well develop an eating disorder of sorts. I want to be 125 and maintain that, but I don’t want to go much lower. Also, I want to be able to eat a normal meal like anyone else.
So let’s tie things together now. My problems may create an eating disorder if I can’t get them under control. An eating disorder for me would involve weight loss. The BMI measurement would absolutely love it. My body would be ruined and I don’t want that. That’s why I’m so against the BMI. It would approve of unhealthy weight loss.
Anonymous asked: ok so i was watching videos about emetophobia because they calm me? idk but i heard something that literally like clicked in my mind... people think this fear is stupid and no one understands.. but it sucks sooo much because when they are facing their fear they feel nauseous. which is the same for us but since that is what our fear is its a never ending cycle of anxiety over practically nothing. and it pisses me off when we get told our fear is stupid and shouldnt be a real thing.
It’s ridiculous that we can be so afraid of getting sick that we make ourselves sick. That’s the most ironic thing ever. And the worst. And it does totally suck, I agree. Our paranoid thoughts lead to anxiety which leads to nausea which leads to more anxiety which leads to more nausea… It’s really hard to deal with. It might just be because I have emetophobia, but I would say that it’s one of the worst phobias. You can’t really escape it because you can’t escape having a stomach. And then you get trapped and sucked into a never ending cycle of fear and anxiety and nausea. I mean that’s pretty ridiculously difficult to deal with.
Also, it really irritates me when people say this phobia is silly or dumb or whatever. I mean, it IS. All phobias are stupid. Phobias are IRRATIONAL fears. They aren’t supposed to make sense. But that does not make them not real. And it’s not like we don’t already know that it doesn’t make sense to be so deathly terrified of something most people don’t even care so much about. I’m pretty sure we all know that. But it’s like our brains don’t or something. So yeah, it’s a dumb phobia. Sure. But it’s real and it’s exhausting and life-consuming. Ugh, people.
I hear you all loud and clear! I’d be fine if the anxiety/nausea occured in appropriate situations and subsided when it was no longer needed. Unfortunately, that’s the go-to response for my body and it happens every day for long periods of time.
I think my stomach and head are conspiring to kill me.
I think this is the most accurate quote ever.
i dislike people who claim that they’re emetophobic when they actually just think vomit is gross and disgusting
don’t get me wrong, it is
but that isn’t emetophobia
when you sanitize your hands to the point where you go through a bottle of hand sanitizer a week and your hands are dry and itchy,…
I went back to counseling a fw days ago and I felt like I absolutely had to write on my information sheet “I don’t have an eating disorder. I feel such nausea anxiety that I then feel too sick to eat and I’ve lost weight.” For 5’0 dropping from 137 to 130 is still overweight but closer to a correct weight, but I did that in a month and a half. I wasn’t feeling good at all. It’s not as severe as any of these examples, but it’s scary to be experiencing it.
The hilarious part is that I don’t get violently sick unless it’s food poisoning. I’ve had 24 hour sickness that’s been miserable but not extreme and I’ve had horrible period cramps that have made me feel blah, but there’s only one time I can remember that’s been actual, violent sickness. I don’t even eat that type of food anymore. I just don’t get the sickness I panic about on a regular basis.
In short, nobody likes getting sick but it really is different than the usual feeling.
It bothers me that when I search #anxiety the bulk of posts are about depression and suicide. I absolutely do not want to kill myself. I do not want step-by-step guides on how to tie a noose or how to cut so it’s permanent. I already know how to mentally tear myself apart; I would prefer not to see alternative methods. Most importantly, I know that anxiety and depression tend to be comorbid, but depression is not my problem.
Tumblr is partially at fault for not having strong categories for anxiety and depression separately. I also wish users themselves would tag their posts specifically to the disorder they’re focusing on (ex: #anxiety OR #depression OR #bulimia) instead of tagging all disorders whether they’re relevant to the post or not.
This is probably an unpopular opinion because it’s not 100% supportive of common Tumblr actions but it needs to be said. I’m not judging anyone for having a particular disorder or feeling at the end of their rope. I’m just saying please, please, please tag your images and posts to their accurate categories.