Received: July 02, 2010
Accepted: December 02, 2010
Yihun A, Anand P, Abebe F. Psychological intervention of murophobia. Internet J Med Update. 2011 Jul;6(2):61-4.


Asrie Yihun, Prakash Anand and Fikadu Abebe

Department of Psychology, University of Gondar, Gondar, Ethiopia

(Corresponding Author: Mr. Prakash Anand, Department of Psychology, University of Gondar, PO box 1587, Gondar, Ethiopia; Email:


Although phobia is more commonly observed during adolescence as compared to adulthood, its specific type of murophobia is uncommon. Especially in a country like Ethiopia, where awareness, orientation to mental health and its psychological treatment is undergoing its infancy on account of several reasons, the neurotic disorders are rarely reported to mental health clinicians. The present study is a case report of a 16-year old adolescent female with murophobia. The case was not registered in any general medical clinic and was sent to our department for further psychological assessment and intervention. The client was comprehensively examined through clinical interview, behavioural analysis and treated by cognitive-behaviour technique of psychological intervention and without the inclusion of psychiatric treatment. Details of the psychological assessment and intervention have been presented in this case report.

KEY WORDS: Phobia; Murophobia; Clinical interview; Mental status examination; Cognitive-behaviour intervention