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I am obsessed over this virus because I am afraid

Jesse Burnell

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I am terrified. All I can think about is this virus that's going around. It is in my town right now and so far two people have found to be positive with this virus. I am afraid to go shopping. I won't even spend time with my family. My mom has invited me to go and spend time with her, and she is a widow. But I won't do it. I won't let anyone touch me. I am obsessed with washing my hands every second of the day. My hands are starting to crack.

I am healthy physically right now. But mentally I think I'm going to have a breakdown. I keep getting news about so many people dying and how the death toll is increasing. I took the trash out and some stuff flew in my face. That freaks me out. I washed my face but I know that if I end up with a virus, washing it won't stop it.

I don't know what advice you can give me. But any encouraging or advice will be helpful. Thank you very much.
 

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I am terrified. All I can think about is this virus that's going around. It is in my town right now and so far two people have found to be positive with this virus. I am afraid to go shopping. I won't even spend time with my family. My mom has invited me to go and spend time with her, and she is a widow. But I won't do it. I won't let anyone touch me. I am obsessed with washing my hands every second of the day. My hands are starting to crack.

I am healthy physically right now. But mentally I think I'm going to have a breakdown. I keep getting news about so many people dying and how the death toll is increasing. I took the trash out and some stuff flew in my face. That freaks me out. I washed my face but I know that if I end up with a virus, washing it won't stop it.

I don't know what advice you can give me. But any encouraging or advice will be helpful. Thank you very much.
You posted this word for word a few days ago on Christian forum.

May I suggest that you talk to your doctor if the plentiful helpful advice you were thanking people for isn't helping.

If you cannot follow the basic advice issued by health authorities you need to see your doctor.

Basic advice, when you come in wash your hands for 20 seconds, wash before handling food, after going to the toilet.
That is the only times you wash your hands if you are in your home.
For extra reassurance, way your door handles, toilet seat, Bannister's and food prep areas with dilute bleach once a week.

Get some hand cream and either calm down or see your doctor for something to calm you down.
 

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I am terrified. All I can think about is this virus that's going around. It is in my town right now and so far two people have found to be positive with this virus. I am afraid to go shopping. I won't even spend time with my family. My mom has invited me to go and spend time with her, and she is a widow. But I won't do it. I won't let anyone touch me. I am obsessed with washing my hands every second of the day. My hands are starting to crack.

I am healthy physically right now. But mentally I think I'm going to have a breakdown. I keep getting news about so many people dying and how the death toll is increasing. I took the trash out and some stuff flew in my face. That freaks me out. I washed my face but I know that if I end up with a virus, washing it won't stop it.

I don't know what advice you can give me. But any encouraging or advice will be helpful. Thank you very much.
my hands were drying out too from so much washing - so i wear gloves all day while out and wash my gloves 50 times a day rather than my hands

the word is to not touch you face because the eyes nose and mouth is how the virus gets in

the other word is do not be in a confined space with people so that you don't breath their air in case they are infected

another word is stay 6-10 feet away from people for safety

the last word is get away from people who are coughing or sneezing into the air rather than their elbow/arm

i also do not go into buildings that have stuffy air - seems to me that there is no proper ventilation - therefore the air is old and probably not the safest

i do everything i can to stay safe and then lean on God for His mercy and power to keep me safe from things i don't know about - as per Psalm 91:1-16 - Isaiah 54:17 -

praying for you to have peace and clear knowledge of what to do

do NOT do something you don't want to do

there is no need to see people in person - the telephone or internet is good enough for now until there is a proper cure/vaccine for this virus

stay safe and follow the way of peace - do what seems good/peaceful/wise and trust God to take care of you

God bless you
 

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Hi Jesse
Yes it is scary but you seem to be doing the right things. I think the gloves are a good idea. I only listen to the news once early evening, that may help somewhat
It would give you more time to keep busy or relax.
God Bless
He will stay with you.
 

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Honestly, you may be having situational anxiety or even OCD with a health/contamination theme. (I have OCD, I did deal with a contamination theme at one point.) People who don't have a significant amount of anxiety (which is partly what OCD is) don't wash their hands to the point of their skin cracking.
If you can, I'd have you call a doctor about this (over the phone) and tell them about your behaviors and that you think you might have OCD. And see what they recommend.

It's good to be cautious, but not so anxious that it creates constant stress for you. Your compulsions (the avoidance, the handwashing, etc) are making your anxiety worse by giving into every fear. It's good to avoid unnecessary contact and it's good to wash our hands regularly, but you need to make a conscious effort to resist your anxious thoughts, urges, and feelings. The key to managing OCD is to starve your anxiety of the attention it's begging for. Which is hard to do, when the very things you are doing are what the authorities want us to do right now.
But it's not healthy to wash your hands to the extent that you are, for one.

I go to a mental health clinic, and at this time they are doing appointments (therapy, monthly med stuff with the nurse, whatever else) over video chats. (And I order my meds through the mail.)
 
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Here's a video I made about OCD that gives the very basics of what OCD is:

Here's another channel by a therapist familiar with OCD:
She has information videos on OCD, and also videos on how to do ERP (exposure response prevention) therapy to treat it. Seems a good next best option if you can't see a therapist, which is likely as mental health resources like an actual therapist could be far more accessible and affordable than they are.
 

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We do what we can. By washing your hands and everything else, you are doing everything you can. For your hands, put bag balm on them and cover your hands with socks overnight - it will help the dryness!!!

You could also talk to a therapist, which may help. Many of them are available online.

For the love of everything good, turn off the news, stay away from social media, don't look at newspapers. Have a friend fill you in if there is anything important like you cannot leave your home without fear of police enforcement or something. Stay away from medical websites that make your anxiety worse.

Quarantine has many people stir crazy and some areas are worse than others. We have less than 5 confirmed cases, but it's enough to make everyone afraid.

I am taking it a day at a time. Definitely going out in the yard with the kids for daily sunshine. Washing hands when appropriate, not too much. Moderation can be good.

I hope things get better soon!
 

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You posted this word for word a few days ago on Christian forum.

May I suggest that you talk to your doctor if the plentiful helpful advice you were thanking people for isn't helping.

If you cannot follow the basic advice issued by health authorities you need to see your doctor.

Basic advice, when you come in wash your hands for 20 seconds, wash before handling food, after going to the toilet.
That is the only times you wash your hands if you are in your home.
For extra reassurance, way your door handles, toilet seat, Bannister's and food prep areas with dilute bleach once a week.

Get some hand cream and either calm down or see your doctor for something to calm you down.
Yeah, I know that I did. Sorry. I am very anxious.

But I think you are right. I need to call my doctor, or I should just follow the advice. When I get compulsive, I look everywhere, even when people are trying to give me advice. I have called my friend with the same fear many times. I bought a bunch of medicine, like cough syrup, pain relievers, and other medicine just in case I get the virus; which I still don't have it. I even bought medicine to help you breathe better, which I don't need. But I bought it just in case. My friend tells me none of those things are going to work.

I have called my friend so many times asking her advice. Sometimes it is the same question. She doesn't seem to be annoyed yet, but I am sure she is. She is just not telling me.

I follow the advice that is being told to me, but then I wonder if there is more that I could be doing. And the wondering gets me all worked up. I wasn't going to post this any where else; but because my mind is so compulsive, I ended up doing it.

So, I apologize for writing this again on another forum. I just don't know what I am looking for.
 
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We do what we can. By washing your hands and everything else, you are doing everything you can. For your hands, put bag balm on them and cover your hands with socks overnight - it will help the dryness!!!

You could also talk to a therapist, which may help. Many of them are available online.

For the love of everything good, turn off the news, stay away from social media, don't look at newspapers. Have a friend fill you in if there is anything important like you cannot leave your home without fear of police enforcement or something. Stay away from medical websites that make your anxiety worse.

Quarantine has many people stir crazy and some areas are worse than others. We have less than 5 confirmed cases, but it's enough to make everyone afraid.

I am taking it a day at a time. Definitely going out in the yard with the kids for daily sunshine. Washing hands when appropriate, not too much. Moderation can be good.

I hope things get better soon!
Yeah, good idea. People have suggested those things before. I guess I needed to be reminded though. Thank you. Like I have said, I get compulsive in my thoughts. Again, thank you.
 

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Hi Jesse
Yes it is scary but you seem to be doing the right things. I think the gloves are a good idea. I only listen to the news once early evening, that may help somewhat
It would give you more time to keep busy or relax.
God Bless
He will stay with you.
Thank you
 

Jesse Burnell

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my hands were drying out too from so much washing - so i wear gloves all day while out and wash my gloves 50 times a day rather than my hands

the word is to not touch you face because the eyes nose and mouth is how the virus gets in

the other word is do not be in a confined space with people so that you don't breath their air in case they are infected

another word is stay 6-10 feet away from people for safety

the last word is get away from people who are coughing or sneezing into the air rather than their elbow/arm

i also do not go into buildings that have stuffy air - seems to me that there is no proper ventilation - therefore the air is old and probably not the safest

i do everything i can to stay safe and then lean on God for His mercy and power to keep me safe from things i don't know about - as per Psalm 91:1-16 - Isaiah 54:17 -

praying for you to have peace and clear knowledge of what to do

do NOT do something you don't want to do

there is no need to see people in person - the telephone or internet is good enough for now until there is a proper cure/vaccine for this virus

stay safe and follow the way of peace - do what seems good/peaceful/wise and trust God to take care of you

God bless you
Thank you very much. God bless
 

Jesse Burnell

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Honestly, you may be having situational anxiety or even OCD with a health/contamination theme. (I have OCD, I did deal with a contamination theme at one point.) People who don't have a significant amount of anxiety (which is partly what OCD is) don't wash their hands to the point of their skin cracking.
If you can, I'd have you call a doctor about this (over the phone) and tell them about your behaviors and that you think you might have OCD. And see what they recommend.

It's good to be cautious, but not so anxious that it creates constant stress for you. Your compulsions (the avoidance, the handwashing, etc) are making your anxiety worse by giving into every fear. It's good to avoid unnecessary contact and it's good to wash our hands regularly, but you need to make a conscious effort to resist your anxious thoughts, urges, and feelings. The key to managing OCD is to starve your anxiety of the attention it's begging for. Which is hard to do, when the very things you are doing are what the authorities want us to do right now.
But it's not healthy to wash your hands to the extent that you are, for one.

I go to a mental health clinic, and at this time they are doing appointments (therapy, monthly med stuff with the nurse, whatever else) over video chats. (And I order my meds through the mail.)
Thank you very much for the advice. I can do that. I need to do that.
 

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Here's a video I made about OCD that gives the very basics of what OCD is:

Here's another channel by a therapist familiar with OCD:
She has information videos on OCD, and also videos on how to do ERP (exposure response prevention) therapy to treat it. Seems a good next best option if you can't see a therapist, which is likely as mental health resources like an actual therapist could be far more accessible and affordable than they are.
Thank you very much.
 

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We do what we can. By washing your hands and everything else, you are doing everything you can. For your hands, put bag balm on them and cover your hands with socks overnight - it will help the dryness!!!

You could also talk to a therapist, which may help. Many of them are available online.

For the love of everything good, turn off the news, stay away from social media, don't look at newspapers. Have a friend fill you in if there is anything important like you cannot leave your home without fear of police enforcement or something. Stay away from medical websites that make your anxiety worse.

Quarantine has many people stir crazy and some areas are worse than others. We have less than 5 confirmed cases, but it's enough to make everyone afraid.

I am taking it a day at a time. Definitely going out in the yard with the kids for daily sunshine. Washing hands when appropriate, not too much. Moderation can be good.

I hope things get better soon!
Thank you very much.
 

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Jesse Burnell many have given you very good advice.

What I want to add to this as many in my own state and county are getting this virus with some dying from it. It is scary as we are told by our Governor to stay home and if we have to go get groceries or go to work to stay at least six feet from others and it's also a good thing to wear a mask when out in public.

One important thing though is that we have to trust God that this virus will not come neigh us. It would do all of us good to go back and read Psalms 91 and stand on the promises of God during this pandemic.

Try to calm yourself down as the stress and anxiety is not good for your health even if you are a healthy person. Turn your anxiety into a time of meditation and prayer, listen to praise and worship songs as you sing praises to the Lord. Call your mom and talk to her and your friends over the phone as this is what I have to do until all this passes.

The only thing to fear is fear itself. Let each day be a new day between you and the Lord and possibly involve yourself more in the forum sharing and discussing the word of God with us as this will also help take your mind off of this virus.

We are here for each other and you are certainly in my prayers as I pray the Holy Spirit brings peace of mind and joy back to your heart.
 

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