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"Also, how likely am I to catch a skin disease..."It practically never happens.If it did then those of us who are not careful about such behaviour would all be diseased.Since we aren't, you must be wasting your time (and anxiety) over this issue.But what you really need to do is not study microbiology and epidemiology, but address the root of the problem.Try to get help with the OCD and get your life back.
... if anyone knows what I shouldn't fear ...
Exposure therapy is a form of CBT particularly useful for people with phobias or obsessive compulsive disorders (OCDs).In such cases, talking about the situation is unhelpful and you need to learn to face your fears in a methodical and structured way.Treatment involves starting with items and situations that cause anxiety, but anxiety that you feel able to tolerate. You need to stay in this situation for one to two hours or until the anxiety reduces for a prolonged period by a half.Your therapist will ask you to repeat this exposure exercise three times a day. After the first few times, you will find your anxiety does not climb as high and does not last as long.You will then be ready to move to a more difficult item. This process should be continued until you have tackled all the items and situations you want to conquer.Exposure therapy may involve spending six to 15 hours with the therapist, or can be carried out using self-help books or computer programs. You will need to regularly practice the exercises as prescribed to overcome your problems.
... I've gone to psychiatrists before. I've gotten diagnosed with ADD.
... a clinician may prescribe stimulant medication (such as Ritalin) after misdiagnosing the child with ADHD. Several studies suggest that stimulant therapy may exacerbate obsessive-compulsive thoughts and behaviors or even induce them.
Methylphenidate Induced Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms ...