Treatments for Verminophobia
Treatments for specific phobias generally involve intense therapy with a trained professional, and in some cases, the addition of anti-anxiety medication to control severe symptoms. However, anti-anxiety medication is not an effective long-term solution for the fear of germs. The treatments for verminophobia are similar to other phobias, and there are several that have been proven to be effective.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is a therapy that focuses on assessing and then challenging the thoughts underlying the symptomatic behavior of a disorder. CBT is oftentimes an intense therapy.
Exposure Therapy, or systematic desensitization, focuses on gradually exposing patients to their phobias. For example, the first step for verminophobes would be to simply think about contact with sick people or dirty places. Then the patient would watch videos of germs or public places, and finally, when they are ready, they would be taken to public 'germ-ridden' places.
Both CBT and exposure therapy have been empirically shown to be effective at treating specific phobias. Mental health professionals who specialize in specific phobias may be able to help those afflicted with the fear of germs.