Thought I'd check in here as I peel back to a pretty big emotional layer in this healing process. I don't really have any specific questions, but any advice or thoughts or even just encouragement would be appreciated. I'm working on the connection between emetophobia and reflux/dyspepsia. I have indigestion quite often, and occasional nausea. I've always been afraid of vomiting, but the avoidance behaviors have gotten worse since having a kid and dreading her first stomach bug. Upper GI issues are a really good mental distraction because they tap right into the emetophobia, and I readily slip into avoidance behaviors and overthinking. I've noticed that this project takes up an almost embarrassing amount of my daily mental energy ever since the fear kind of "leveled up" after having a kid. Avoiding foods that might trigger indigestion and keeping mental lists of potential triggers. Avoiding eating out and avoiding food prepared by anyone other than me or my husband. Limiting my kid's activities so that she won't catch a bug and pass it on to me (and that's the thing that finally forced me to face this). None of this is strict avoidance, and I challenge myself sometimes. I ate out twice on vacation last week, and I take my kid to the library and playgrounds and things like that. But my brain is *on* in those situations. It is becoming clear to me that the issue I really need to address isn't the digestive discomfort, it's the phobia, which I'm sure is contributing to the digestive discomfort and the mental attention to the discomfort. This is a generational phobia in my family, passed down by grossed out parent after grossed out parent, and I really want to avoid passing it on to my kid. I'd love to hear from anyone who has dealt with emetophobia as TMS, and just hear some words of encouragement or advice as I shift my thinking away from removing the pain's power to removing the fear's power (which gives the pain power). It was tough to write this!