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Unhealthy Obsession - Need help!

Posted In: Mental conditions 3 Replies
  • Posted By: Mattsmith
  • July 18, 2009
  • 07:33 PM

Hi guys i have an obsession with germs and washing my hands and its starting to effect me by making rashes on my hands and making them sting, it's getting bad now as i'm washing my hands , then washing my hands again because i've touched a tap.

For example i went the cinema with my girlfriend

If my girlfriend didn't wash her hands at the cinema about 2 days ago ago after going the toilet due to the ammount of people who get urine on their hands or fall over or touch the seat in public toilets, and she didnt actually sit on the seat (To avoid herpies) and she touched my phone, would the germs be on my phone, i have a sorta condition atm where i keep washing my hands all the time and i'd like to get out of this habbit.

So if i touch my phone then say scratch my balls or something, would i get herpies or any other type of harmful bacteria? I've also wiped down my phone with a baby wipe

Also to anyone to answer, should i go to a doctor? I think i've got a condition where im out of control, i'll say for example touch my phone then have to wash my hands because i don't want to touch my computer mouse incase i touch my face or scratch my genitals or something like that. It's really starting to bother me, i've washed my hands so much in the past few days that they are getting dry and have red rashes on them that sting :/

It's really bothering me as everytime ive touched my phone today i've gone up and scrubbed my hands with soap, now they're starting to get chapped i think? all red and stingy and dry.

Seriously, i need to stop being so afraid of germs and bacteria, i don't know why im like this as i never used to be like this apart from when i was a kid but i just got over it, i think it was something about a science class when i was in school and we grew bacteria and the science teacher said it could grow anything in there and it could be harmful so it had to stay in containers..

Either way i'm washing my hands way to much and worrying about stuff.

E.g i'll go wash my hands, then wash them again because i've touched the tap or something, sometimes i can wash my hands lots of times per hour.

I need help please!

From the other thread below i found this

'Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder
characterized by involuntary intrusive thoughts. When a sufferer begins to acknowledge these intrusive thoughts, the sufferer then develops anxiety based on the dread that something bad will happen. The sufferer feels compelled to voluntarily perform irrational, time-consuming behaviors to diminish the anxiety.'

I think that's whats the matter with me, but i can't stop it as if i for example touch something for example my phone, then i say in my mind i'm not going to wash my hands, i worry that something bad will happen then i wash my hands anyway :/

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  • Anyone? Please
    Mattsmith 2 Replies Flag this Response
  • I overcame my OCD, anxiety, and depression with Emotional Freedom Techique (EFT), Springforest Qigong, and reading "A Course in Miracles" all of which you can find info. on the internet. Keep looking for answers that will be helpful specific to your needs. You could go to Dr. and get evaluated and decide if you want to take the drugs that they will prescribe. I chose to fight my problems without drugs but it doesn't mean you wouldn't benefit from taking. Cognitive Behavior Therapy is also used in the medical field. Read up on it. Get help or help yourself. Stop the madness. You can do it!!
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  • In my opinion, it sounds like you have germophobia. Thus, I recommend that you get help right away from a general doctor, or better yet, a mental health professional.I hope you get the help you need!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • September 13, 2010
    • 04:07 PM
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