With something as serious as a pandemic, my OCD being activated right now makes a lot of sense.

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In a way, it’s like my brain is trying to protect me.

The trouble is, it’s not actually helpful to — for example — avoid touching a door in the same place twice, or refuse to sign a receipt because I’m convinced the pen will kill me.

And it’s definitely not helpful to insist on starving rather than buying more food.

Like my boyfriend said, life still has to go on.

And while we should absolutely follow shelter-in-place orders, wash our hands, and practice social distancing, I think they were onto something when they said, “Sam, picking up your medication is not optional.”

In other words, there’s a difference between being cautious and being disordered.

These days, it can be difficult to tell which of my panic attacks are “reasonable” and which ones are just an extension of my OCD. But for now, the most important thing is to find ways of coping with my anxiety regardless.

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