Hi, I just want to share some hopeful experiences I had. I am no psychologist and never went to one. I should have, but ocd was so downplayed in my culture that I really thought I was alone in this. I sincerely hope that by sharing what a person can do without professional help, you can actually be more optimistic, fiesty and persistent at >following your doctors advice<, Also, to all the people who struggle by themselves: you are not alone. Obviously, you know that by being here :)
So, to start this long post; I feel blessed for having OCD. It's like push-ups for the soul. I also feel cursed once in a while, but it seems both are two sides of the same coin.
Since a toddler, it feels like I always had a predisposition for OCD. I used to associate toys with situations I did not like, and started to segregate myself from them. I used to be obsessed with the number five, five being a safe number, a single dot on a die, protected by four other dots in formation. 'This will keep mum safe if I place it this side up' I thought. I have showed a predisposition for art from a young age as well, which made me obsessed over detail. The more art I did and the more freely I expressed myself in later years the better I got. I am also extremely responsible at work or when people were in danger and I feel these things are connected to my OCD in a good way.
In my teens I had guilty thoughts over sexual acts and contamination OCD, because of reasons I will not go into detail here. It seemed to me that if I did not care for my health much I would get sick. And I was validated every time. Maybe I was sickly as a child, who knows?
Then something terrible happened. I became depressed for months, no reason, just sadness and existential angst that was ridiculously magnified. I cannot describe it with words, it was intense, sad loneliness, a vertigo of nihilism. I felt desperate in explaining anything in the world and helpless to know what is true and what is not. But it was thanks to that issue that I discovered philosophy and meditation, things that inject my life with meaning even to this day. These, comic books and music (death metal, black metal, classic rock) have helped me to avoid my depressive existential thoughts for days, and they would help me against a more serious mental enemy later on.
Due to many reasons that I cannot list here, my OCD manifested itself in my university years in washing my hands for two hours or more, holding my breath in order for peopl... keep reading on reddit ➡
I was going through my gear and noticed that I had a bunch of stuff that expired last year. Had to throw out my sunscreen stick, anitbiotic ointment, and my hand sanitizer. Chapstick and Body Glide I tossed too because they were a few years old and almost done.
This got me thinking, is there a multi-purpose salve that can replace some of these items to help simplify things and maybe have more resiliency in terms of expiry? How about sun screen? Don't think there's any way I can forego the hand sanitizer or replace it (never had Norovirus but I got something similiar à la hot liquid lava poops and severe vomiting in Pakistan eating street food and it was so not chill).
The Joshua Tree Healing Salve is one I heard is popular (Chapstick, Antiseptic, Anti-Chafe), don't think it expires easily either based on the ingredients. What do you guys use?
Antiseptic - 10:1 with Violet, or 10 Caps per
Oil - 10:1 with Violet, or 10 Caps per
Fusion Cores - 2:1 with Violet, or 50 Caps per
Yellowcake/Crimson/Florescent Flux - 4:5 with Violet, or 100 Caps per
I just purchased a few extra Purell sanitizers. The back says the active ingredient is ethyl alcohol 70% and that the purpose is antimicrobial.
I also have like 5 bottles of the Bath and Body Works pump bottles, where it says the active ingredient is alcohol 71% the purpose being antiseptic.
Although they're used interchangeably, I can't help but, wonder which one is actually better.
I’m really curious about this one, I want to know the science behind it. Thanks for any answers in advance
Having difficulty locating it here in Canada. I see the main antiseptic is chlorhexidine, which is available OTC here but I’m not looking for a crazy 4L jug of the thing, just something to try.
I see peridex and other chlorhexidine based oral rinses (for gingivitis) but not much in the wash/cleanser department.