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Fear of Wild Animals, Parks, and Rabies

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Old 08-17-2002, 07:12 AM   #1
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Post Fear of Wild Animals, Parks, and Rabies

I have had ocd since I was a child. When I was a teen it faded into the background. Now I am in my mid twenties and it has been bad since my early 20's.
I have this tremendous fear of wildlife, nature parks and rabies. I live in NC. Moved here from Long Island about 4 years ago. I think I was culturally shocked. Here there is always wild animals - and lots of roadkill. When I drive mycar I get frealed out b/c of this. When I open my car door, I wont touch the handles, for fear of dead animal guts being splattered on my car if I ran by roadkill. I also have a terrible fear of rabies. There was a story on the news here a few days ago, about 3 people getting attacked by a rabid housecat. I have a cat, but he stays indoors. But b/c of my ocd, I am afraid of him biting me now. He obviously has his shots. LOL I must be the most meticioulous pet owner, considering how terrified of animals I am. I have this obsessive thought in my head right now- and I cant get rid of it. I went to the movies last night with my husband. we saw XXX. I was on the edge of my seat b/c it was an action movie. But I have a habit of picking the skin around my nails. I was doing this for about an hour. And now this a.m. I have this thought in my head that I got bit by something ( like a bat or mouse) in the theater and it wasnt from me picking my skin.
I take Luvox 100 mg in the am and 50 at night. I was up to 200 at one time, but it gave me heart palpitations and vertigo. I really hope someone out there can read this and post back some reassuring support.
I am trying to have a nice weekend with my husband, and I dont want to turn it into an OCD weekend from hell.

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Old 09-26-2002, 02:16 AM   #2
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I know you wrote this post over a month ago but when I read it, it struck a chord with me.

Where you say that even though you know you bit your nails but you think maybe something in the theatre did..I feel like that all the time.

I think in the last year I have developed severe OCD. I am always questioning myself like you did - even though I know how something happened it is like I dont know and I question it and tell myself something else happened.. I am very worried about contamination these days and my hands have become cracked and dry from washing them often. I cannot use public toilets and I also have a fear of animals - I worry about piegons. If they are perched on a stairwell and I have to walk under them I cant stop thinking they may have pooped when I walked under them and I think I will get some sort of disease. I am also worried about people spitting - like strangers or store clerks when they talk to me. ( say it, dont spray it) I am worried they are 'spraying it' and will get their spit on me. I am constantly worried about my eyes also, that I will get something in them that will give me some crazy infection or cause blindness.
I am not sure what to do and I feel like this is ruining my life. I have tried to talk to my mother about it a few times but I dont think she knows how serious this is for me. I cant do anything like I used to and I so desperately want to be normal again. I dont want all these crazy thoughts to cross my mind all day long.

Anyone - your advice/stories are greatly appreciated.

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