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How common is emetophobia?

September 21 2023

An estimated 8% of people have emetophobia. You are not alone.

Emetophobia falls under the Other Type umbrella of phobia classifications in the psychologist diagnostic guide, the DSM-5, which includes the phobias of choking, illness, children, loud sounds, and costumed characters.

Emetophobia is more commonly reported in women than men, impacting 7% of women and 2% of men[2]. The severity and length of phobia can vary widely, with severe emetophobia appearing more rarely[3].

Emetophobia appears all around the world[4][5] and most commonly starts in childhood.