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Thread: Had an OCD meltdown yesterday, have to vent

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    Embrace and harness it since you can't stop hard wiring. Watch some fun movies such as "As good as it gets" or "What about Bob?".

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    Stay strong!

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    Another tough day. Trying to be strong. It was actually hilarious today. I got a cab and jumped in only to realise the driver had put a TOWEL on every seat, tucking them in like seat covers. Each was dark blue apart from the drivers which was a white towel. is this i thought.

    So of course i am frozen as the car pulls away, thinking how could this happen to me. What did i do? Well i felt uncomfortable to say the least and proceeded with my shopping trip, not knowing what i would do when i got home but just thought i have to be able to respond to this reasonably. As sad as it seems i am happy that i did not jump in the shower when i got home and throw away everything i was wearing and touched, like my bag, phone, everything. I thought the most i will give my OCD is changing my clothes and washing the clothes i wore. Nothing else.

    Did I do the right thing? I thought how on earth can i justify throwing stuff away? Is it reasinable to think he has laid out dirty towels in his cab for people? Why on earth would he do that? It makes literally no sense. Ive sat in innunerable public transport seats in my time.

    It just made no sense. I thought screw you OCD, thats all you are getting. I was totally freaked out tho.

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    Sounds like a victory to me. I like how you've identified the OCD as almost an independent entity. You are separating yourself from it.

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    Try to use logic. The towels are no dirtier than the seat would be.

    You won a victory over your OCD today. Good job.

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    Use logic, damn right. I have been trying and again today. Just had to clean up after a bin bag burst and food waste dripped on my kitchen and hall floor.

    I am immediately thinking screw you OCD, this is food waste. It cant magically transform into an std or aids! Seriously, OCD will have a go at trying to tell me this... sorry no way. I also think where the normal line is... what is reasonable and what is going too far. I need to be able to get through bin incidents and not have it collapse my mind...!

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    OCD tried to land a knockout this morning. I noticed that a yellow towel i had washed at 60 degrees, and used after my bath last night, had a reddish tinge at the bottom. Its a brownish shade of yellow now also, which was after the 60 degree wash. Anyway I used it last night and everything is contaminated if i want to go down that road but its just OCD looking to take me down and prevent me from going to work. I refused. I did chuck out the towel and wash my hands, but that aside nothing more as i dont believe it frankly. I sort of feel okay using my logic on this one.

    That aside i spoke to a specialist ocd treatment centre in my home country and am going to self fund intensive in patient treatment asap when i get back. Resolving to do this has made me feel better. This is the best time to do it, even if i can get rid of 50 percent it will be worth it.

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    Do you mean you threw out the towel? I'm glad you're going to see someone and glad you didn't let it escalate beyond!!

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    Yes i threw it out and have tried to limit it to just that.

    Its now a predictable daily challenge. Every day a new danger which is not a danger. Aids blood on this, that, it will be something which is red in colour. This is truly rediculous now.

    Nothing i can do prevents these occurences it would seem. Happens at home, at work, wherever.

    Today the only thing that has got me through the day is KNOWING that I need to respond not in an OCD way but in a normal everyday person way. What would most people do, I ask myself. It is extremely unpleasant to sit here feeling in such mortal danger without responding to it, but i know this is what i must do. I must live through it and not respond, get through the panic I feel inside knowing it will die down. It has done this in relation to a few spikes this week and my mind has felt in a little less danger.

    But this is a horrible existence right now.

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    Originally Posted by doberman100
    Yes i threw it out and have tried to limit it to just that.

    Its now a predictable daily challenge. Every day a new danger which is not a danger. Aids blood on this, that, it will be something which is red in colour. This is truly rediculous now.

    Nothing i can do prevents these occurences it would seem. Happens at home, at work, wherever.

    Today the only thing that has got me through the day is KNOWING that I need to respond not in an OCD way but in a normal everyday person way. What would most people do, I ask myself. It is extremely unpleasant to sit here feeling in such mortal danger without responding to it, but i know this is what i must do. I must live through it and not respond, get through the panic I feel inside knowing it will die down. It has done this in relation to a few spikes this week and my mind has felt in a little less danger.

    But this is a horrible existence right now.
    I understand. I get anxious when there are stomach bugs around -even reading about it - and I like your approach of asking what a more typical response would be.

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