Halitophobia is a condition characterized by an excessive preoccupation with the belief of having halitosis. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) was successfully used to treat a man in his 20 s who presented with important anxiety, avoidance and safety behaviours, isolation, and depressed mood. Progressive in-vivo exposure to fearful situations with the systematic prevention of avoidance and safety behaviours resulted in a significant improvement in the patient’s anxiety and depression levels. This case suggests that CBT techniques, usually performed in anxiety disorders and in obsessive–compulsive disorder, can be adapted to halitophobia.
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The authors would like to thank Mrs. Asma Hammami for correcting the language of the paper.
This study was not funded by any source.
All procedures performed in this study were in accordance with the ethical standards of the hospital and national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments.
Informed consent was obtained from the individual participating in the current study. Written consent for the release of the information was also obtained from the patient.
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Mrizak, J., Ouali, U., Arous, A. et al. Successful Treatment of Halitophobia with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: A Case Study. J Contemp Psychother 49, 119–125 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10879-018-9398-7
- Cognitive behaviour therapy
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