Thursday, January 5, 2012

Mysophobia: The Fear of Contamination, Dirt or Germs

Mysophobia is the abnormal and persistent fear of contamination, dirt or germs.  It is closely related to Bacillophobia, the fear of microbes and Bacteriophobia, the fear of bacteria and germs.

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 Mysophobia?  Please share your story.  How was it triggered and how does it affect your life? 


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