Ablutophobia is an unexplainable and overwhelming fear of cleaning, washing, or bathing. Like other phobias, ablutophobia is a form of anxiety disorder. Also like other phobias, ablutophobia is centered around a fear of a specific situation. Ablutophobia can result in people having severely diminished hygiene, and in turn, discomfort in several situations in which a person without this phobia would be fine. In this post from the Louis Laves-Webb, LCSW, LPC-S blog, we’ll discuss ablutophobia, its symptoms, causes, and treatments.
Ablutophobia comes from the Latin word abluito, meaning a washing, and the name of this phobia accurately describes some of its symptoms. In short, ablutophobia is an extreme and irrational fear of bathing or washing, as well as cleaning in general. This fear results in many of the same symptoms of other phobias, which tend to fall in line with the symptoms of anxiety disorder. These symptoms may become apparent while bathing, washing, cleaning, or even just thinking about one of these activities. The symptoms of ablutophobia include:
Like many other phobias, the exact causes of ablutophobia are mostly known. Most medical health experts believe that phobias of any kind stem from one or a combination of the following:
Ablutophobia is treated similarly to anxiety disorder, which involves working alongside a therapist for the best results. Unfortunately, many people think that there is no cure or help for their struggles with ablutophobia, so this condition often goes untreated. Contrary to what these individuals may think, there are several effective treatments for ablutophobia and any kind of phobia for that matter. Treatments for ablutophobia include, but are not limited to:
At Louis Laves-Webb, LCSW, LPC-S & Associates, we’ve helped countless Austin area residents overcome phobias of all kinds. If you’d like to learn how to overcome ablutophobia with the help of a licensed therapist, contact Louis Laves-Webb, LCSW, LPC-S & Associates. Contact us over the phone or online today for a free consultation.