Misophonia is a common health condition or symptom of other health conditions that’s newly diagnosed in a few thousand children and adults every year. It’s more commonly known as an irrational fear of germs, and although people would usually associate the condition with a symptom of obsessive compulsive disorder, the scope of what misophonia is goes far beyond this and the condition is still being extensively studied in a clinical context in order for scientists to learn more about how to treat the condition.
An irrational fear of anything can impair many areas of your life, especially when it’s a fear of something as common as germs and bacteria that you’re likely to encounter every time you leave the house.
Misophonia can be treated, and there are plenty of techniques which can make the condition easier to deal with in combination with conventional treatment.
Here are 8 tips for dealing with misophonia easier.
1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (sometimes abbreviated to CBT) is one of the first things recommended to a variety of different stress conditions in order to teach people who have been diagnosed with them ways in which they can cope with the symptoms easier. This can be done at home with the right guidance, but it’s always best if this is done with the help and guidance of an expert in a clinical setting where progress can be monitored and treatments can be adapted accordingly.
It’s all about changing the thought process in order to make common fears and phobias appear less terrifying than they have before, and about learning how to cope with stress so the condition becomes less likely to recur in times of stress, fear or tension.
Start by doing more research into conditions that you might believe are behind your symptoms, and make an appointment with your doctor who can refer you in the direction of an experienced behavioral therapist who can teach you better ways to cope.