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What is Mysophobia the Fear of? Symptoms, Causes and Treatment

Mysophobia is an intense fear of dirt and uncleanliness. It is typically associated with a fear of contamination with germs. These people greatly change their lifestyle in order to keep away from germs. The root causes of Mysophobia are variable and difficult to trace. Some psychologists say that a large increase was seen in the number of Mysophobes with the awareness of AIDS. Patients tend to feel tense around the potential source of contamination. They may feel nausea, breathlessness and become tachycardic. Many engage in obsessive compulsive behavior like washing their hands frequently. The most common treatment is cognitive behavioral therapy. Techniques like hypnosis also help.

by Margaret Walker on Wed, 02/09/2011 - 23:38


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