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Recovered OCD pro on how to handle health anxiety

There was a time when just living in my home was a mess of health anxiety compulsions. Washing my hands under scalding hot water again and again, hours checking weird sensations in my body and Googling diseases, getting medical tests repeatedly because there must’ve been something wrong with the first test that showed I was fine. I was convinced foods were poisoned. I was tracking every possibly contaminated object that may have touched me. Compulsions consumed a ton of time and energy, especially when traveling. What I didn’t understand then was that all of my “managing” health anxiety, were actually make it worse. From somebody that recovered from severe OCD, how to handle health anxiety:

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