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Any ideas to help me?

GoodLife

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I have OCD and ADHD which can be a real pain because I have all of my routines and all of my "rules to avoid bad things" as I call them, but then I forget my routines or get distracted and break my rules. Then I obsess over the fact that I broke my rules and all hell will likely break loose due to my actions. The COVID is not helping anything because now my handwashing has become almost nonstop, I literally wipe down the entire cart if I go shopping with a Lysol wipe, and am always paranoid that I will touch something someone else has just caught and then spread it to other people! Even though I am at fairly low risk, I don't want to endanger others. Trying to have a routine right now is close to impossible which is causing prioritizing to go out the window and I can't get anything done, or forget important deadlines. I need help. Any Ideas?
 

Angelx

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Have you tried cognitive behavioral therapy? I was starting to develop OCD symptoms some time ago, and thought if I didn’t do things a certain way my loved ones would die. I was able to work really hard in therapy and it helped a ton. I know with everything going on it sounds difficult to find a therapist, but many offer a sliding scale fee and you can talk to them via telehealth so you won’t have to meet with them in person. They may even recommend medication which could help you a lot.
I wish I had better advice than just that, really do. I know the anxiety would get really bad, but I say start skipping your rituals on purpose just to see what happens. Obviously, still wash your hands when you get home, but try to only do it when necessary. If your anxiety feels too ginormous to even think about purposely missing your routines, then don’t push yourself too hard. If you can though, give it ago. You missed them earlier and everything is just fine. You, and all the other people, are going to be a-okay, so please don’t be afraid. You’re strong, you’ve got this.


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PRguru_cfj

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I have a generalized anxiety disorder that I had been " diagnosed" before I went to college and still have it to today. It flares up when I am dealing with stressful situations or new experiences and my brain can handle it. It sometimes makes me ad and lash out at my self and make me feel depressed. I was recommended therapy but it didn't work and pills just made me drowsy. It just made me sleep. When I woke up it was the simple problem

That same anxiety makes me sort of apathetic to.mostbthings and my personality is split for being friendly, to over cautious and mistrustful, shy as all hell, to pessimistic and angery. So the way I deal with it is just hard work I guess. Its just I don't want to worry my family so I submit up.and just focus on my school work. Or better yet helping others as best I could. I just prideful like that, like my family we would rather help then get helped by another. If that makes sense.

So I guess the anxiety hoes up and down so ya
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