Maintaining cleanliness is an important thing to implement, in order to maintain the body, from various kinds of bacteria and germs that can cause an illness. However, if it is too excessive, even obsessed with being clean, it could be a symptom of a mental illness, you know.
In the medical world, someone who is obsessed with cleanliness because he is afraid of being dirty, is diagnosed with mental illness, which is called mysophobia. Curious about the facts behind mysophobia? Come on, just look at the following review!
1. Mysophobia makes sufferers afraid of being dirty and obsessed with cleanliness
Mysophobia comes from Greek, namely ‘myso’ which means germ. Mysophobia is a pathological fear of germs and bacteria, which is also often called dirty phobia. The term mysophobia, created by William A. Hammond, in 1879, when he described a case of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), which was associated with an event where someone washed his hands repeatedly.
Mysophobia sufferers become very obsessed with cleanliness, because he is very afraid if his body is contaminated with bacteria or germs, which later can endanger him. As a result, he will make every effort so that he can always be clean, and free from bacteria and germs. One way for mysophobia sufferers to keep their bodies clean is to diligently decontaminate themselves at all times.
2. The sufferer refuses to physically contact and share items with other people
Besides diligently decontaminating himself, mysophobia sufferers also protect themselves from being contaminated with bacteria or germs, by refusing to get involved in physical contact with other people so that this is one of their weaknesses, which is difficult to be close to others and make physical contact. They assume that in other people’s bodies there are many bacteria and germs, which have not been sterilized. In addition, they are also reluctant to share goods with other people, because they think that the item is not necessarily completely sterile from bacteria or germs, but it can be misinterpreted by others and will assume that they are arrogant and proud.
3. Mysophobia sufferers will experience panic, sweating, shortness of breath, and nausea when involved in physical contact with other people or exposed to germs
Mysophobia sufferers who accidentally experience physical contact with others or are exposed to germs, will experience panic, and show some other reactions, such as nausea, increased heart rate, sweating, and shortness of breath.
4. The main factor of mysophobia is trauma in the past and suffering from OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder)
Mysophobia can occur in a person due to several factors, and most occur because of past trauma, and sufferers also have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The extreme fear of germs and bacteria can be triggered by the trauma experienced by sufferers in the past, which causes the ingrained terror in his mind as a result of the contamination and infection, so that the sufferer must do all kinds of ways to avoid germs and bacteria.
In addition, someone who has obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is also at high risk of getting this dirty phobia. They are obsessive about germs and compulsively cleanse their homes and work environment so that they are always sterile from germs and bacteria, which eventually makes it develop into mysophobia.
5. Mysophobia can be treated with anti-depressant drugs, cognitive behavioral therapy, or a combination of both
Similar to other mental illnesses, mysophobia can also be treated with medical help to overcome phobias, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, use of anti-depressant drugs, or a combination of both. This cognitive behavioral therapy, used to overcome the thoughts and behavior of people with myophytopia, by knowing how and why sufferers can get this dirty phobia.
It aims to change the mindset of the sufferer to be positive, from those who initially constantly think negatively on germs and bacteria as well as excessive worry about their health if contaminated by bacteria or germs.
The therapist will teach different ways of relaxation, such as how to control breathing and mental visualization exercises so that sufferers can control the frightening thoughts that they have.
Well, for drugs used to treat mysophobia, it is using anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, and beta blocker drugs. The three types of drugs are used by doctors to adjust the levels of serotonin hormone, which is responsible for the mod and temperament of the sufferer.
Well, that’s a review of dirty phobia or mysophobia. It’s best if you suffer from this phobia, immediately ask for help from the medical. Mysophobia can complicate the sufferers’ daily activities, and the worst can cause sufferers difficulty in getting a spouse. May be useful!