Gag Reflections

Conquering a Fear of Vomit Through Exposure Therapy

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About the Book

Emetophobia—the disproportionate fear of vomiting or being in the presence of someone vomiting—affects millions of people yet is seldom discussed. Until now. Part-memoir, part clinical history, Dara Lovitz’s brutally honest account of her life as an emetophobe traces her journey from debilitating phobia to life in recovery. Written with her therapist, Dr. David Yusko, her story unravels the mystery of emetophobia.
Lovitz spent years trying a combination of traditional talk therapy and self-help books—nothing seemed to reduce her anxiety. In desperation, she tried the most radical approach available: exposure therapy. With an experienced therapist’s guidance, she systematically exposed herself to the very thing she had avoided all her life. Within weeks she showed signs of improvement and within months she had overcome emetophobia. The history of exposure therapy for treating emetophobes is covered.

About the Author(s)

Dara Lovitz is an adjunct professor of animal law, a publications manager for a continuing legal education provider, and co-founder of the nonprofit organization Peace Advocacy Network. She lives in the Philadelphia area.

David Yusko, Psy.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and co-founder of the Center for Anxiety & Behavior Therapy, in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. Prior to starting his own center, he spent over 10 years with The Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at the University of Pennsylvania developing his specialty in cognitive behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders with a particular emphasis on exposure-based therapies.

Bibliographic Details

Dara Lovitz and David Yusko, Psy.D.
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages:
Bibliographic Info: appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8509-0
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4256-7
Imprint: Toplight