Contamination

1 June 2014 - 13:48

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Hello I have contamination ocd – which is very bad at the moment. Problems with washing clothes, are they clean enough to go away, I keep rewashing and rewashing. Over the last couple of days I have had another major anxiety. Although I have sort of known for a while that my neighbour lifts a drain cover on his side of the fence and puts his dog poo down the drain, I suddenly thought that it is the sewer he is opening up and that is only approx 6 foot from my washing line on the other side of a 6 ft high fence. I am absolutely petrified by the thoughts of contamination on my washing, don’t know what to do. I accept that he has been doing the same thing for a few years and I have had no affect that I know of,  but now I have realised what he is doing I am panicking everytime I go out in the garden.

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1 June 2014 - 21:02

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Hi there, and welcome to the forums. This does get easier, it takes a lot of strength... I know they've got a new product out to virtually sterilise laundry, and yet people don't get ill. As you say, your neighbour has been doing this for some time, and still nothing untoward has happened. Myself, I don't really like the idea of your neighbour disposing of dog poo in this way, but I guess it does no harm. If anything, he is more at risk than anyone else. To say try not to worry doesn't help, cos the ocd will simply find another way to scare us, but the techniques in CBT books will help, take a look through the resources section of this website for tips and suggestions. Hopefully others will be on the forums later, it is very quiet at the moment. But welcome!

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Similar problems with washing, mine relates to any outside work going on, or grass cutting, or someone touching my washing.

To try to put your issue into perspective, the washing is outside, in the air all day whether your next door neighbour is messing with dog poo or not. You are only worried because you've seen what's going on.

I had a robin on my washing line the other day, ants yesterday, and there are so many spiders in a morning it's unreal, I wipe it down and stick my washing out. The grass next door is 3 foot high don't know what's in there, the bins are a few feet away, and we are fine.  

Even though I've said all that there are things that trigger me to want to rewash - if I drop something it's a nightmare . Between us all we probably could cover all eventualities, but we would all react to different things ! Weird!!!!!

3 June 2014 - 10:48

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Thank you Wannabe and Annie123 for your support.  Have been  anxious and in panic the last 2 days every time I have gone outside.  It is the fact that he is opening up the sewer that frightens me, all that nasty bacteria lurking down there escaping into the air.  The saying Knowledge is Power  is not good in the instance!

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Hi there... Yes, the knowledge is power thing gets me too. I guess it is safe cos farmers work with muckspreaders and it doesn't make them ill. At least I assume so! I wonder about that when I see tractors out on the road. Also people work in sewers, and they are okay, so I guess it is alright. To say try not to worry isn't going to help, cos the more we try not to worry, the worse the thoughts invade our minds. Such is the scourge of ocd. The thing to hang on to, is that there are good germs in the air to protect us or we wouldn't be able to breathe safely. something we've always done from birth, and been fine so far. I don't know what else to say, my sons are moving into a place of their own soon, and there was dog poo on the pavement, I'm hoping they have cleaned it up before we get there!

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I don't think most bacteria do "escape into the air".  You hear about airborne diseases and waterborne diseases, and other types - bacteria don't just levitate into the air.  Even "airborne" germs (colds etc.) need something to send them into the air, like a sneeze, and then they eventually settle down to the ground again.  I think ones that are in the water would stay there - however bad the smell may be!

5 June 2014 - 11:36

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Thank you wannabe and wombat, I am trying to think of all the alternatives - but I am on "alert" all the time for the noise of the drain cover.

I am very depressed at present and not able to think my way out of problems.  With me it's a vicious circle - depression - anxieties - ocd behaviours.  

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Hi there. I wonder what most dog owners do? Does anyone flush it down the loo?  I'm glad to say that people around here are quite good at getting it with the special bags the council provides, so paths are reasonably clean around here. I'm amazed that dog owners don't become ill, or they couldn't keep them, cat owners too, not to mention bird fanciers... Your own evidence suggests that your neighbour may have been doing this for some time, and no one to the best of our knowledge has been harmed. That is amazingly positive.

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Don't think, then.  Easier said than done, I know, but just try and leave the subject alone.  When you're feeling energetic, defy the OCD.  When you're tired, ignore it - you're officially not up to bothering about the supposed state of your washing.  Either way you win.  Again easier said than done, but it's a mark to aim for.  Have a rest, anyway, and read a good book or watch TV.  I hope you feel better soon.

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7 June 2014 - 14:37

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Hi there, did try to get out of the house and away from thinking about washing and contamination things - leaving the house is another of my probs!  I got the bus into town, that was OK but the bus back was filthy, so got stressed again !! 

I have decided I must tackle the depression and negative thinking, I have got an 8 week Mindfulness for Depression course workbook to work though, but it is had to get started.  

7 June 2014 - 21:10

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Hi there! I wonder sometimes what goes on in the sewers. The ones in London are amongst the oldest in the world. The fact that people built these things is amazing. And then there's the massive beam engines that used to keep everything flowing. I remember plumbing in a new bathroom many years ago now, and having to get all the angles of the pipework right! We used to use Jeyes fluid to keep things flowing sweetly. I can also remember cleaning out saniflo pumps. We didn't get ill cos we have a large amount of resistance to illness. We have to be careful of course, but we have these things around us all the time. You did good on the bus too... Something I work on... Sometimes the buses are crowded, and that worries me a bit. The support group I go to is in a city, and not all the bus stops are in the same place. I actually got lost! But my shyness was too strong for me to ask anyone! So I kept wandering around until I finally found where I needed to be, and got the correct bus home. I noticed something interesting whilst out shopping. On the newspaper stand of our local supermarket I was watching as people picked up newspapers. Absolutely no one was taking the top copies! No one! Why not? I don't know, but I wasn't going to ask! They'd finger the top one of the pile, then dig one out from underneath. And that was everyonever the space of a couple of minutes. Amazing!

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