I’ve been in therapy since I was 10 (almost 18 now). I was in and out because my emetophobia would get better and I’d just stop (silly me). But honestly when I was 10 and started therapy, it got so so so much better. It only got really bad during quarantine and now in therapy I’m being treated for major depression as well as emetophobia and anxiety. I’m also on meds. There’s a huge stigma around therapy and I completely disagree with it. It’s been a lifesaver and has allowed me to not only see the problems I have, but to also be able to deal with them and treat them so I can live a normal life.
Therapy also enabled me to feel much less alienated and abnormal. I thought I was the only person in the world with emetophobia and I was a terrified child who was losing weight very quickly. Therapy brought me out of a really dark place at a very young age