Originally Posted by xmagicman
Hello, I am a 16 year old male and recently I have been experiencing some symptoms of OCD, which have started about three months ago. For example, I now wash my hands quite often, and have developed several "rituals" which involve always rinsing my hands and wrists a specific amount of times (counting while I wash my hands). I am also paranoid about touching doorknobs in public places, especially bathrooms. What if someone didn't wash their hands?
I feel uneasy when it comes to touching things in hotel rooms, such as telephones and phone books. What if a couple were to have sex and decided to order a pizza or something?
I'm not quite sure, but isn't it true that germs die on dry surfaces after a few hours? For example, on a public computer at the library, when the library closes overnight, woudldn't all the germs be dead by the time the library opens the next morning? (provided that you are the first to walk into the library)
If this germ theory were to be true, this would make me feel so much better. Please give me some insight on this matter.
Thank you so much, Cheers.
If it makes you feel better, I have OCD too and I have obsession of washing myself and with germs too. When I take a shower, I take a 30-minute shower,
I change the bar of soap everynight, and I feel that I have to take a shower every night because I feel like I am contimated. Also I have to use a different towel every night when I shower, and I have to wear clean pajamas everynight.
Also alot of times, I feel that everything is contimated, and I feel like I have to clean it. Yes I feel that the bathroom doorknobs in Public restrooms are contimated too, so I always use a papertowl to open the door because you don't know if people wash their hands after they use the toilet.
Also I used to wash my hands alot too, but now I cut that down. My hands looked terrible, and they still look terrible. They crack and bleed, so I have to put lotion on them.
Another thing I just thought of, I have obsession of checking things like: making the doors are closed and locked, the windows are up, the lights are off, and other things. I had obsessive thoughts too, I had thoughts of killing my family by cutting their throat's, and I had gay thoughts too.
Anyway my OCD is driving me crazy too!!! I just want to let you know that you are not the only one who is going through this, I have this problem and lots of other people have this problem too.
Are you on any medication for it? Do you see a Shrink or a Psychologist for it?
I was just wondering, because you should seeing a counselor for it and taking medication for it too, that is really important, you need to get some help for your OCD. I am on medication and I am seeing a Shrink and a Psychologist,
my OCD is severe, I had it for almost 2 years now, and I am still dealing with it.