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Ablutophobia – Fear of Bathing

Ablutophobia or the fear of bathing, cleaning and/or washing is a type of phobia which is more common in children and women, than in males, particularly those individuals who are very emotional. This type of phobia can usually make you feel lonelier and dejected.

This phobia is often associated with mental trauma along with a persistent and abnormal fear of bathing, washing or cleaning. Those who are suffering from Ablutophobia often experience breathlessness, dizziness, heart palpitations, nausea, dry mouth, excessive sweating, shaking, feeling sick, and becoming mad or losing control. Other symptoms may include an inability to think or speak clearly, feeling indifferent from reality, fear of dying or episodes of full blown anxiety when they think about bathing, washing or cleaning.

Adults suffering from this type of phobia may come to realize that this fear is irrational and might think that facing a feared situation may lead to severe panic or anxiety attacks. Due to this, sufferers may feel terrified and worried. These symptoms may also lead to other severe consequences if the person suffers from it often.

There are numerous treatments available for Ablutophobia but you have to be very cautious or it might only worsen the situation. As much as possible, look for the most effective way of treating this type of phobia such as a Self-help NLP or Neuro Linguistic Program which is also a technique that is proven to be effective in treating phobias related to bathing, washing and cleaning.