Tuesday, 16 August 2011
OCD and handwashing - what's normal
So this is a bit of a weird one- writing about myself rather than Tiddler today... I wanted to pick your brains.
I have OCD. No big deal, had it for years. Anyway, I have been attending CBT sessions because of the difficulty I was having coming to terms with Tiddler's health issues and start in life. They are now hoping to address my OCD. I am a handwasher and checker. I can't believe I am writing this!
I was asked what "normal" was for handwashing- I honestly don't know- especially with a baby. (Tiddler is 8 1/2 mths old) I was asked if I would ask my friends- survey opinion among my contemporaries. Well there's no way I am doing that- you see I hide things pretty well. Proud of that, whether that is wise or not is another debate for another day... So I thought I would ask readers of my blog. So- what IS normal?
Once I have a "normal" level thats what the exposure therapy for CBT will use as a target.
Thank you- all answers would be really appreciated! I know this is random, but to get rid of OCD in my life would be AMAZING!