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Contamination OCD towards only one person

October Rust

October Rust

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ugh.

this was the earliest form of OCD i was for sure that i had, and it's awful. for a while, i couldn't touch the doorknobs or light switches in my house out of fear that this person was contaminated and had touched it. it got so bad that, funny enough, i wasn't even able to clean shared spaces in our house because i didn't even want to come into contact with their germs or things that they might have touched. i live in constant fear of them getting sick as well, because i know they're not "clean" and i don't want to get sick from them and risk getting their germs or whatever. it had been a while since i found myself really obsessed with these contamination worries, but i caught myself this morning, after something had happened. i ruminated on it the entire way to work, and tried to think through the events and make sense of it. i realized it was rumination, but i still can't stop thinking about being disgusted by this person and their germs :/
 
00Bluejay7500 (was Scapes1986)

00Bluejay7500 (was Scapes1986)

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I have a phobia of a certain kind of germs but I feel like I can’t overcome the germs and Itll turn into a virus or something worse. Anything I do it just bounces right back in my face.

I understand it as a phobia

how did you get better from this?
Are used to hold my breath for hours thinking I smelt. It was a form of OCD thinking that I had body odor when I really didn’t smell at all. I would hold my breath and only undo it to talk. It lasted for 3 years. But I’m well over it now.
 
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