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  1. This is my first post here, so let me start off by saying, "Hi!" I have had (usually) mild to moderate OCD since I was a teenager (I am now 40); my symptoms most often manifest in the form of fixating on germ contamination...being infected by someone else's germs or spreading my germy-ness to other people or things. After experiencing chronic stress the last two years, my OCD symptoms now seem to be prominent in my life rather than background noise. In addition to excessive hand washing, I am having a real problem completing basic household cleaning tasks. For example, I don't want to touch anything I think is dirty, I fear that if a "contaminated" item touches something else, then that new item will then be contaminated as well as anything else it touches, and so on. So...I avoid housework and the anxiety it triggers. I have very recently stared seeing a therapist to work on OCD and depression. Even so, I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with these particular OCD symptoms. If so, how did you manage them? Additionally, I am contemplating taking medication for OCD, and I would like to hear your thoughts about that as well. On the one hand, I would like to give the CBT a chance before trying medication simply because I really need to know how to manage my thinking and avoid/alter catastrophic thinking patterns; on the other hand, I wonder if I may need help with this particular episode since it seems so strong. Frankly, I'm exhausted by the anxiety. I look forward to reading your responses. Thanks!
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