Books & Articles


2021 was the year for FINALLY some books being published for emetophobics. I have also listed some helpful books for anxiety and phobias in general.

Free Yourself from Emetophobia
by Alexandra Keyes and David Veale
~ This is the quintessential evidence-based self-help textbook for emetophobics written by the two top researchers in the world on the topic. Really easy to read and understand with worksheets to fill in and diagrams throughout. I highly recommend it! Here’s a link to my review on Amazon.

Gag Reflections
by Dara Lovitz and David Yusko
~ Don’t let the title put you off. This book is written by a recovered emetophobic (Lovitz) and her therapist (Yusko). It is easy to read and understand, and until I finally get it finished, the only book that’s really also helpful for therapists treating emetophobia. Lovitz shares her story with grace, wisdom and humour, and David Yusko writes of evidence-based CBT therapy for treating emetophobia. This is a great book to read after you’ve worked through “Free Yourself from Emetophobia.”

The Emetophobia Manual
by Ken Goodman
~ Goodman’s approach to treating emetophobia is based on evidence-based techniques (CBT with exposure). This self-published book is also a delight to read, but may be triggering for some if you’re just starting out as he uses all kinds of words for vomit and stories to illustrate his points. Goodman has a great sense of humour, and his “bring it on” approach has been extremely helpful for many emetophobics. I recommend this book as well.

The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook Fourth Edition
by Edmund J. Bourne
~ An excellent book which I recommend to everyone. Emetophobia is mentioned in the book.

Conquering Panic and Anxiety Disorders: Success Stories, Strategies, and Other Good News
Jenna Glatson, Editor (2002)
~ This book has one chapter that is a case study about an emetophobic woman who found relief, then a recurrence of her phobia and finally became well again. The chapter explores the relationship of stress to the anxiety disorder.

Evoking Change: Make a Difference in Your Life and in the World
by Anna S. Christie (2007)
~ A book about how to lead an emotionally healthy life. Chapters on anxiety and the brain. Emetophobia is mentioned only briefly.

Overcoming Health Anxiety
by David Veale and Rob Willson
~ This book has a chapter on emetophobia as part of a general book on overcoming health anxiety. Dr. David Veale has studied and written extensively about emetophobia.

The Worried Child: Recognizing Anxiety in Children and Helping Them Heal 
by Paul Foxman (2004)
~ One of the case studies in this book is about a young college student who developed emetophobia

The Huge Bag of Worries
by Virginia Ironside (1996)
~ A brilliant book for young children who are anxious or “worriers”

Emetophobia: the enemy within. A guide for family and friends
by Catherine S. Malo (2002)
~ Another book by a woman who still battles emetophobia.

Living with Emetophobia: Coping with an Extreme Fear of Vomiting
by Nicolette Heaton-Harris and Linda Dean (2007)
~ This is a book written by an emetophobic woman who still suffers with the disorder. It explains emetophobia and what it’s like to live with it. Many people are disappointed that the book doesn’t offer any insight as to how one might recover from the disorder.


I wish to thank Dr. David Veale of King’s College London for a good part of this list of articles. Dr. Veale has written the most recent, and probably the most relevant articles as well. Dr. Veale’s website is

Boschen MJ (2007). Reconceptualizing emetophobia: a cognitive-behavioral formulation and research agenda. Journal of Anxiety Disorders 21, 407–419.

​Christie, Anna (2012). Emetophobia: The Closeted Fear. Insights Into Clinical Counselling. August/12: 28-30

Davidson A, Boyle C, Lauchlan F (2008). Scared to lose control? General and health locus of control in females with a phobia of vomiting. Journal of Clinical Psychology 64, 30–39.

Herman DS, Rozensky RH, Mineka S (1993). Cognitive behavioural therapy for panic disorder with a primary fear of vomiting: conceptual and treatment issues. Proceedings for Association for Advancement of Behaviour Therapy. Atlanta, GA, USA.

Hunter PV, Antony MM (2009). Cognitive-behavioral treatment of emetophobia: the role of interoceptive exposure. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice 16, 84–91.

Klonoff EA, Knell SM, Janata JW. (1984). Fear of nausea and vomiting: the interaction among psychosocial stressors, development transitions and adventitious reinforcement. J Clin Child Psychol 13: 263-267

Lipsitz, JD, Fyer, AJ, Paterniti, A, Klein, D. 2001. Emetophobia: Preliminary Results of an Internet Survey. Depression and Anxiety 14: 149-152.

Manassis K, Kalman E (1990). Anorexia resulting from fear of vomiting in four adolescent girls. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 35, 548–550

McFayden M, Wyness J. (1983).You don’t have to be sick to be a behavior therapist but it can help: treatment of a vomit phobic. Behav Psychother 11: 173-176.

McKenzie S (1994). Hypnotherapy for vomiting phobia in a 40-year-old woman. Contemporary Hypnosis 11, 37–40.

McNally RJ (1997). Vomiting phobia. In: Phobias: a Handbook of Theory, Research and Treatment (ed. G. C. Davey), pp. 186–187. Chichester: Wiley.

Moran, DJ, O’Brien, RM (2005).Competence imagery: a case study treating emetophobia. Psychological Reports 96, 635–636.

Morrison, J. DSM-IV Made Easy: The Clinician’s Guide to Diagnosis, Guildford, New York, 2001.

Phillips HC. (1985). Return of fear in the treatment of a fear of vomiting. Behav Res Ther 23: 45-52.

Ritow JK (1979). Brief treatment of a vomiting phobia. American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis 21, 293–296.

van Overveld M, De Jong PJ, Peters ML, Van Hout WJPJ, Bouman TK (2008). An internet-based study on the relation between disgust sensitivity and emetophobia. Journal of Anxiety Disorders 22, 524–531.

 Veale D, Lambrou C (2006). The psychopathology of vomit phobia. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy 34, 139–150.

 Veale, D (2009). Cognitive behaviour therapy for a specific phobia of vomiting. The Cognitive Behaviour Therapist 2, 272–288

 Wijesinghe B (1974). A vomiting phobia overcome by one session of flooding with hypnosis. Journal of Behavioural Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry 5, 169–170.

Phenomenology, epidemiology, co-morbidity and treatment of a specific phobia of vomiting: A systematic review of an understudied disorder (Dec 2017: Keyes, Gilpin and Veale)

A Cognitive Behaviour Therapy For Specific Phobia of Vomiting (Emetophobia): A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial (July 2016: Riddle-Walker, Veale, Chapman, Hicks, et al)

Is a specific phobia of vomiting part of the obsessive compulsive and related disorders? (Oct 2015: Veale, Hennig and Gledhill)