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  1. I'm sorry, it's horrible when things like that happen and trigger our fears. I'm hopeless at taking my own advice, but remember that it is your OCD making you feel the way you do, rather than any actual need for blood tests or quarantining - those would be compulsions, and wouldn't even satisfy your anxiety. Carry on as normal, and try not to dwell on it, then once you're calmer you'll be able to see things more clearly.
  2. Agree with Lynz, was thinking the same.
  3. I suffer from fears of contamination and harm too, so I do understand. I think it was bad of them to keep a biohazard bin within the reach of children, but you don't even know if he did touch the bin (don't try to remember, because your OCD will twist the memory and you'll just be less sure) and it's not as if he had his hand inside it. The likelihood is that everything is fine, it's just the tiny amount of uncertainty that your OCD is focussing on.
  4. I'm not sure how much help I'll be, but I wanted to say something as I can imagine what a state you must be in. I wouldn't necessarily believe the doctor on the website - I'm not sure he knows what he's talking about, to be honest. I would go with what the other doctor at the clinic and your husband say. Your OCD is blowing things way out of proportion.
  5. Hi Annabel, How are you? How is your mum? I'm sorry, I didn't put that very well - my dad probably didn't/doesn't have it, it was just me catastrophising his symptoms. xx
  6. P.S. I can't really talk though, as I'm worrying my dad has C. Difficile!
  7. I'm so sorry to hear that. Try not to imagine the worst (I know that is so hard!). You've known something was wrong for a while now, at least you might find out what it is and hopefully your mum can have some treatment to get better. How long do you have to wait for the appointment? Hang on in there. It's amazing what we can cope with when we have to. x
  8. Hi Annabel, I was just thinking about you the other day! I'm sorry I can't be more help, but just wanted to say that I can very much relate to your situation and share your fears. My dad is in a care home and been seriously ill lately, and my mum (who I live with) isn't well either. It's so difficult when OCD makes us catastrophise health problems as well, isn't it?
  9. I can definitely relate to that. How did you get on with your new psych?
  10. Ditto what ThreeTimesGuy said - you're making perfect sense (or as much sense as OCD ever makes anyway ) and I often feel the same. Try not to focus on how you're acting, and you'll just be yourself. Tell them your concerns if you can. For tonight, distract yourself as much as possible, or you'll just end up going round in circles and thinking yourself into an even worse place (if you're anything like me).
  11. You are Lucy - just a tired and stressed Lucy with OCD, by the sounds of it. To anyone else it is clear that you do feel very bad about it - you wouldn't be here worrying otherwise! You didn't say anything to your son, and that is what matters. Incident over. Try not to overthink what happened. Just tell your new psych(iatrist/ologist) how you are feeling and coping. Let them know if you are struggling.
  12. Thank you. I'm not having any professional help at the moment, but I have had CBT in the past. Are you receiving any help? I would strongly urge you to keep going out, even though it's very difficult, as it makes it even harder to begin again when you stop altogether.