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  • Emetophobia & Police work

    Hello,

    I'm new to these forums and I'm planning to take the LEO career path. I've been wanting to ask the following question for quite some time.

    I suffer from emetophobia, which is a completely irrational fear of vomiting or seeing someone vomit. This is supposed to be some sort of mental illness, but I'm sure it could be treated.

    The question is: According to your personal experience as a law enforcement officer, do you think that condition would hinder my future career. Should I get fully treated before I attempt to join?

    Thanks

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    If seeing vomitting is a problem for you, it'll be a problem as an LEO. People injesting drugs/baggies/etc and you have to make them vomit so they don't die. People vomitting at scenes of carnage (murder/roadside fatalities/etc). That's the easy things too.

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    • #3
      If seeing people vomit is a problem for you I'd consider a different career or at least wait until you are completely over it. If that's possible.
      "Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything!"-Wyatt Earp

      "You never know when crazy will show up!"-Irishdep

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      • #4
        People injesting drugs/baggies/etc and you have to make them vomit so they don't die. People vomitting at scenes of carnage (murder/roadside fatalities/etc). That's the easy things too.
        Do you encounter that kind of situation on a day-to-day basis? Also, do you eventually become desensitized to the gross factor?

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        • #5
          Hmm, tricky. I can't say that I see people vomit every day but officers deal with a lot drunks and those chaps do tend to ... well, you know. I do have a colleague who has a phobia of germs. She wears leather gloves literally all the time and will throw away, say, a pen, if a prisoner touches it. She manages. Not sure what you can do protect yourself from seeing vomiting though.

          Personally I have a phobia of blood tests. Just where I'm concerned - I have no problem seeing other people having them done, no fear of blood and no fear of needles. If there is a way of treating phobias, I would be genuinely interested to find out.
          I'm a little bit waayy, a little bit wooah, a little bit woosh, I'm a geezer.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Hgab View Post
            Do you encounter that kind of situation on a day-to-day basis? Also, do you eventually become desensitized to the gross factor?
            No, and yes. After a while you start taking bets with other officers as to what will turn up, how much, if they vomit more than once, little things. I always compare it to my son and a crappy diaper. You never really know what it'll be or how much till you see it.

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