For as long as she can remember, Rachel has been afraid of vomit. And not just afraid in the way that everyone finds vomit unpleasant. She has a diagnosable fear of vomiting known as emetophobia. Continue reading “No one likes to get sick, but people who live in constant fear of vomiting (emetophobia) have it especially difficult.”
Agora-what? Agoraphobia is when you fear having a panic attack in a place or situation that is difficult to escape from or where help may not be available. Continue reading “The world can seem like a scary place, and many people find it hard to leave the security of their own home each day.”
As humans, our relationship to flight has changed dramatically in the last century. Air travel has developed from a fantasy into a common and widely used mode of transportation. Continue reading “Most of us take flying for granted. But there are many people who experience such overwhelming fear they cannot board a plane without having a panic attack.”
Last summer, my husband and I and our two teenage boys flew to Iceland, then England, and then home to Virginia. For me, this was not just a vacation; it was a personal triumph. It was the first time I had flown across the Atlantic in almost two decades.
Continue reading “Grounded by fear: Learn how one woman tackled the panic attacks that kept her from flying.”