Friday, January 27, 2012

Automysophobia: The Fear of Being Dirty

Automysophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of being dirty, unclean or smelling bad.  Those who suffer from this phobia may wash excessively.
A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities or persons.  The main symptom is an excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. Other phobia symptoms include shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, sweating, nausea, and an overall feeling of dread.  Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders.
Do you suffer from Automysophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life?


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