Coronavirus Infection,Mysophobia and Washing Hands.
Hayk S. Arakelyan. Full Professor in Medicine,
Doctor of Medical Sciences, Ph.D , Grand Ph.D .
Senior Expert of Interactive Clinical Pharmacology , Drug Safety,
Treatment Tactics, General Medicine and Clinical Research.
“Natural forces within us are
the true healers of disease.”
Phobia- also called:phobism ( from Greek phobos- fear).Phobia is
a persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear( dislike, or aversion)of a specific thing o
r situation that compels one to avoid it, despite theawareness and reassurance that i
t is not dangerous.Unlike the brief anxiety most people feel when they give a
speech or take a test, a phobia is long lasting, causes intense physical and
psychological reactions, and can affect your ability to function normally at work or
in social settings. In clinical psychology, a phobia is a type of anxiety
disorder.Specific Phobias: Fear of particular objects or social situations that
immediately results in anxiety and can sometimes lead to panic attacks. Specific
phobia may be further subdivided into five categories: animal type, natural
environment type, situational type, blood-injection-injury type, and other.
Phobias vary in severity among individuals. Some individuals can simply avoid the
subject of their fear and suffer relatively mild anxiety over that fear. Others suffer
full-fledged panic attacks with all the associated disabling symptoms. Most
individuals understand that they are suffering from an irrational fear, but are
powerless to override their panic reaction.
Causes of phobias. Many people suffer from different kinds of Phobia. The first
thing to note here is once more that Phobias are extremely complex and there is no
way to tell with 100% certainty that someone is suffering from a phobia.However,
there are clear indications that the majority of phobias develop during early
childhood, teenage years or early adulthood.It is rather unusual for a phobia to
develop ‘out of nowhere’ after the age of 30 – 35. Phobias can be caused by
stressful situations, certain experiences or frightening events. It is also known that
children can develop the same phobia one of their parents suffered from if they
were progressively aware of this during childhood.
Mysophobia. Also known
as verminophobia, germophobia, germaphobia, bacillophobia and bacteriopho
bia, is a pathological fear of contamination and germs. The term was coined
by William A. Hammond in 1879 when describing a case of obsessive–
compulsive disorder (OCD) exhibited in repeatedly washing one's hands.
Signs and Symptoms of Mysophobia.
People who suffer from mysophobia usually display signs including:
Excessive hand washing.
An avoidance of locations that might contain a high presence of germs.
A fear of physical contact, especially with strangers.
Excessive effort dedicated to cleaning and sanitizing one's environment.
A refusal to share personal items.
A fear of becoming ill.
Mysophobia greatly affects the everyday life of individuals and can range in
severity of symptoms from difficult breathing, excessive perspiration,
increased heart rate, and states of panic when exposed to germ-enhanced
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Prof. Hayk S. Arakelyan