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Ballerina123 21-01-2013 05:33 PM

OCD and library books
I have OCD. If I touch something I think is dirty I have to be able to use alcohol gel or wash my hands.

I have got some book out the library at Uni and I'm too scared to touch them because I know that lOads of other people have touched them with out washing their hands.
It makes me feel really anxious.
I need to read the book for my seminar but I can't touch them.

Anyone have similar experiences?
Any tips for making it a bit easier?

FabulousMike 21-01-2013 05:34 PM

Gloves, gloves make everything better..

PassedExpectations 21-01-2013 09:33 PM

in the long run... to get over the fear you need to touch the books over and over, without doing any compulsions (gloves, washing hands, hand sanitizer, holding it with tissues, thinking things to make the anxiety lower). it will feel very uncomfortable, but the only way to make the fear go away is to face it many times and teach your body and mind not to react to it... you've got to sit with the anxiety, and not fight it. it is like a wave, you've got to ride it all the way up to its peak and then back down. doing a compulsion or ritual is like an escape hatch part way up. its really tempting to take. the only problem is that it sends you back to where you started, still having to face that wave, instead of being at the bottom on the other side. if you face the fear over and over, the peak will get lower and lower...

ChocolateMarvel 22-01-2013 11:03 AM

I think in the long term, Katie is right and desensitising yourself to it would be for the best. However if in the short term you do need to use gloves or sanitiser in order to do the work on time that is ok!


Stellata 22-01-2013 12:25 PM

I work in a library, and, whilst I don't have those kind of difficulties as such, I do find that making sure I don't touch my face in any way or eat anything without having first washed my hands is good common sense, and tends to work for me. [Yes, I have a virus at the moment, but I didn't catch it from library books!]

missloraamy 28-01-2013 10:54 PM

Ugh i have this issue! Except i'm also torn between loving the smell of old books. So i want to smell them, but not touch them lmao.
The worst for me are the ones in a plastic sleeve, especially when they've yellowed at the corners, ICK!!

Anyway, just keep telling yourself that the likeliness of catching something from a library book is pretty damn slim, and that if the books were "dirty", they wouldn't be out for public consumption.

tilly_bear 28-01-2013 11:50 PM

Obviously this a short term mesure, but i know my uni library has a lot of books online as ebooks (especially core textbooks due to high demand)?
Also to limit contact with the book maybe photocopying set pages you need would help?

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