Excessive Cleaning – What Is The Fear Of Dirt And Germs? Mysophobia, or the fear of germs, refers to an unhealthy fear of contamination. Obviously it is perfectly normal to be concerned about cleanliness and issues such as cross-contamination of foods, exposure to the bodily fluids of others and maintaining good hygiene.This fear is also akin to obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). A person may suffer from both these disorders at the same time.There are lots of different methods of facing your fear, but since mysophobia is both psychologically and emotionally rooted in most cases, it is difficult to overcome this phobia. A multi-faceted approach is usually the best way to treat it. The majority of approaches usually involve response prevention or exposure and response therapy as part of the course of action. Essentially, in addition to working to recognise and be cognisant of your own behaviours and tendencies, these types of therapies work to explore the causes of those thoughts and behaviours to then recondition your mind. Medications, often the same types used to prevent anxiety or depression, are also used to varying degrees in the course of treatment, but this is not always the best course of action. With mysophobia, your mind works perfectly well - the problem is that it works bit too hard, overemphasising things as they turn in your mind. It is this that causes people to obsess over specific things, most commonly germs and bacteria. These therapies work to explore those tendencies in your mind to "shut off" triggers and various reactions while reconditioning your responses to pare them down to more "regular" levels.