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Therapy for Mysophobia the Fear of Germs or Getting ill from Germs

Mysophobia is the Fear of Germs and during 2020 is highly relevant given the situation with the Coronavirus pandemic.

Whilst people have understandably become stressed and anxious about catching COVID19, the fact remains that most people only suffer mild symptoms. However, in order to mobilise the British public into action through social distancing, the messages coming from the Government have been deliberately crafted to create a sense of fear, so it important to be aware of the effects of these communications.


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Although Mysophobia is relatively un-common there is a very common ‘condition’ associated with this particular phobia called Emetophobia, the fear of vomiting or being sick.

Sufferers of emtophobia have a very strong fear of ‘Norovirus’ as this is considered to be THE ‘sickness’ bug.

In this sense Mysophobia sufferers can be extremely anxious and go to great lengths to be ‘clean’ and ‘hygenic’, often washing their hands many, many time in a day.

All phobias, regardless of what the feared object or circumstances are, produce feelings of Anxiety and Stress for the sufferer, and Mysophobia is no different in this sense.

Whilst the feared object or situation may seem, to other people, to be ‘ridiculous’ or ‘silly’, the person who suffers from Mysophobia knows only too well that the Anxiety that they experience is real enough.

We completely understand this here at TranceForm Psychology and will treat you and your Mysophobia seriously.

For many years Psychologists have been aware that our minds are more than capable of producing a real biological reaction to any given situation and so as long as the Mysophobia sufferer “believes” that the object or situation they fear represents danger to them, then they will experience real fear.

The majority of people who do suffer with Mysophobia recognise that their fear is “irrational” but continue to experience it regardless of this knowledge. This is why simply being told to “snap out of it” rarely produces a solution!

Mysophobia Symptoms

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The symptoms of Mysophobia are very similar to other specific phobias and will often include:

  • Obsessive about cleanliness
  • Won’t touch door handles
  • Avoid people who are or have been ill
  • Overly critical about the wearing of masks
  • Inability to Relax
  • Problems Concentrating
  • Being quick tempered
  • Feelings of dizziness
  • Prickly sensations like pins and needles
  • Palpitations
  • Aches & Pains
  • Fatigue
  • Dry and Sticky mouth
  • Sweating Excessively
  • Breathlessness

Mysophobia Symptoms are generally automatic and uncontrollable and can seem to take over a person’s thoughts which frequently leads to extreme measures being taken to avoid the feared object or situation, what are known as “Safety” or “Avoidance” behaviours.

Unfortunately, for the sufferer, these safety behaviours have a paradoxical effect and actually reinforce the phobia rather than solve it!

Mysophobia may be the result of negative emotional experiences that can be either directly or indirectly linked to the object or situational fear.

Over time, the symptoms often become “normalised” and “accepted” as limiting beliefs in that person’s life – “I’ve learnt to live with it.”

In just as many cases, Mysophobia may have become worse over time as more and more sophisticated safety behaviours and routines are developed.

The good news is that the vast majority of people who suffer from Mysophobia will find a course of Psychological Therapy helps enormously.

Transform Your Thinking & Overcome Mysophobia

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If you’re committed to overcoming your fear of germs then we highly recommend following either our Advanced Tranceformental CBT programme with Paul, or Joan.

Tranceformental CBT is available as Online Therapy if required

Both the Tranceformental programme and Changing Limiting Beliefs approach are highly successful & pragmatic psychological training courses, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.

Our Tranceformental CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.

FREE Initial Consultations for Mysophobia

We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial assessment to chat about your mysophobia problems. During this 50 minute consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.

Free initial consultations are available as part of our online therapy service

At TranceForm Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss our change programmes BEFORE proceeding.

Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking work with us, including both the financial and personal implications.

For most mental health issues we recommend following our 10 session Tranceformental CBT Programme (an advanced version of empirically established Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) to overcome a wide range of mental health and behavioural problems.

CBT is a proven, evidence-based form of therapy for developing a fundamental level of understanding into the dynamics of your problem, but also for learning new coping skills and strategies for sustainable change over your life.

The full course costs £795 which you can pay for on our fees page - don't forget we offer a FREE initial consultation to all prospective clients.

Tranceformental CBT is available On-line as well as a one-to-one format in the clinic.

Visit Online Counselling for more details.

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e-mail: joan@tranceformpsychology.com

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