OMG, @TiSoG21 - you had a friend live with you for 6 months? You are absolute heroes! I couldn't do that - I struggle to even lend items to people. I'm not surprised you're still trying to clean and disinfect the house a year later! Your husband must have been so distressed - how amazingy generous!
It's encouraging for me to hear of someone else who presents in a similar way. Thanks also for your encouragement about therapy. Therapy is very, very difficult for OCD germophobia as you have to deliberately contaminate things, which makes everything feel unsafe. (I don't mean 'unsafe' as in suicidal, but 'unsafe' as in fearful germs everywhere and not coping!) I'm not surprised your husband is resistant.
You sound like an incredibly understanding and supportive person for your husband. I really hope to see you at the OCD event and chat more. 🙂
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