Fear of Contamination: Assessment and Treatment

Fear of Contamination: Assessment and Treatment

by Stanley Rachman
     
 

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From a leader in the field of psychotherapy, this new book is the first dedicated to the topic of the fear of contamination. The fear of contamination is the driving force behind compulsive washing, the most common manifestation of obsessive compulsive disorder. This is one of the most extraordinary of all human fears. It is complex, powerful, probably universal,

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From a leader in the field of psychotherapy, this new book is the first dedicated to the topic of the fear of contamination. The fear of contamination is the driving force behind compulsive washing, the most common manifestation of obsessive compulsive disorder. This is one of the most extraordinary of all human fears. It is complex, powerful, probably universal, easily provoked, intense, and difficult to control. Usually the fear is caused by physical contact with a contaminant and spreads rapidly and widely. WHen a person feels contaminated it drives a strong urge to remove the contamination, usually by washing. The fear and subsequent urges over-ride other behavior. A fear of contamination can also be established mentally and without physical contact. The fear can arise after exposure to violation, physical or non-physical, and from self-contamination. The book starts by defining the disorder, before considering the various manifestations of this fear, examining both mental contamination and contact contamination, and feelings of disgust. Most significantly, it develops a theory for how this problem can be treated, providing clinical guidelines- based around cognitive behavioral techniques.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199292479
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/30/2006
Series:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Science and Practice, #3
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
American Psychological Association - Distinguished Scientific Contribution 1984

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