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What can help me with my fear of germs?

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In brief: Desensitization

Desensitization or exposure therapy focuses on changing your response to the object or situation that you fear, and may be helpful for specific phobias.
Gradual, repeated exposure to the cause of your phobia may help you learn to conquer the anxiety. For example, if you're afraid of germs, you would start by visualizing filth, to not washing your hands so often, to sticking your hand in a toilet.

In brief: Desensitization

Desensitization or exposure therapy focuses on changing your response to the object or situation that you fear, and may be helpful for specific phobias.
Gradual, repeated exposure to the cause of your phobia may help you learn to conquer the anxiety. For example, if you're afraid of germs, you would start by visualizing filth, to not washing your hands so often, to sticking your hand in a toilet.
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