Home » Ask the Therapist » Parenting » I Feel like Throwing Up in School

I Feel like Throwing Up in School

Asked by on with 1 answer:

Every year when school starts I start feeling sick to my stomach. When I arrive at school my heart starts pounding faster and I get nauseous. Even when class starts I get scared and my anxiety gets worse. In almost every single class I feel like throwing up but I do my best to hold it back with sips of water and chewing gum. The only times I don’t feel like that is when I’m in a class with friends but that’s still not enough for the other times. (Age 16, from US)

I Feel like Throwing Up in School

Answered by on -


A: It sounds like you are struggling with anxiety which can create many physical symptoms, including nausea and increased heart rate. Many people experience anxiety about school, work or performance, so you are not alone. It’s important to learn to relax, take slow deep breaths and identify any negative thinking you may be having about school.

Since this issue seems to have been bothering you for a while, I’d suggest that you ask your parents to take you to a therapist who can teach you skills that will make school a more comfortable place to be. That way, you can focus on learning rather than dealing with what’s going on inside your body. Your school counselor would also be a good resource to speak with because he or she might know of a group or therapist who specializes in school related anxiety.I hope you feel better soon.

All the best,

Dr. Holly Counts

I Feel like Throwing Up in School

Holly Counts, Psy.D.

Dr. Holly Counts is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She utilizes a mind, body and spirit approach to healing. Dr. Counts received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wright State University and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Counts has worked in a variety of settings and has specialized in trauma and abuse, relationship issues, health psychology, women’s issues, adolescence, GLBT, life transitions and grief counseling. She has specialty training in guided imagery, EMDR, EFT, hypnosis and using intuition to heal. Her current passion involves integrating holistic and alternative approaches to health and healing with psychology.

APA Reference
Counts, H. (2018). I Feel like Throwing Up in School. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 20, 2019, from
Scientifically Reviewed
Last updated: 8 May 2018
Last reviewed: By a member of our scientific advisory board on 8 May 2018
Published on Psych All rights reserved.