The Fear of Contamination
Assessment and Treatment
By (author) Stanley J. Rachman
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Fear of Contamination by Stanley J. Rachman
Book DescriptionFrom a leading figure 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. It is one of the most extraordinary of all human fears. People who have an abnormally elevated fear of contamination over-estimate the probability and the potential seriousness of becoming contaminated. They believe that they are more susceptible than other people to contamination. People who labour under the illusion that they are particularly vulnerable to contamination are persistently anxious, excessively vigilant and highly avoidant. The fear is complex, powerful, probably universal, easily provoked, intense, and difficult to control. Usually it 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 behaviour. 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 behavioural techniques.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199296934
(233mm x 156mm x 12mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 27-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Stanley J. Rachman
Oxford Guide to the Treatment of Mental Contamination, Paperback (November 2014)
A fear of contamination drives the most common manifestation of obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD) - compulsive washing. This book provides a detailed account of the nature and causes of the various forms of a fear of contamination and their consequences, written by leading experts in the field.
Panic Disorder: The Facts, Paperback (October 2009)
Panic disorder is a remarkably common psychological condition, characterized by sudden attacks of intense fear and panic. Panic Disorder: The Facts provides a full account of the nature, diagnosis and treatment of this condition.
Obsessive-compulsive Disorder, Paperback (March 2009)» View all books by Stanley J. Rachman
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: The Facts provides a full account of the nature, diagnosis and treatment of obsessive compulsive disorders. This book is suitable for sufferers and their families and friends, and for health professionals.
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Author Biography - Stanley J. Rachman
Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada American Psychological Association - Distinguished Scientific Contribution 1984
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