Fear of Contamination: Assessment and Treatment

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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. ...

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Overview

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: 9780199296934
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/30/2006
  • Series: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Series , #3
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Contamination defined and classified 9
2 Contact contamination 15
3 Mental contamination 19
4 Contamination after actual or perceived violation 33
5 Phenomena of contamination 57
6 Illusions of vulnerability 81
7 Disgust and the DSM 95
8 Assessing contamination 105
9 Towards a cognitive theory of contamination 111
10 Treatment 135
Appendix 171
References 189
Index 195
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