‘I could physically feel the germs on me’: how Covid is a double-edged sword for those with OCD

‘I could physically feel the germs on me’: how Covid is a double-edged sword for those with OCD

The Guardian

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For some the pandemic has worsened their symptoms, but others say social distancing and hygiene measures have made life easier

Luka Buchanan has always been consumed by the fear of contamination and germs, washing their hands until they were raw, and terrified the food they ate would poison them.

Diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder at age 19, Buchanan, who uses they/them pronouns, spent years in therapy telling themselves over and over that there was nothing to fear – that the chances of a global contagion were minuscule, and that they weren’t infected and dangerous to those around them.

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