Originally Posted by Viola
That is a far cry from having a real mental illness related to this, though, and I think that's where most people are.
I totally agree. Though it's still annoying when people call themselves "germaphobes" when really it's not appropriate, or when people are like "Beh, what's the big deal, just wash it."
Though I guess people A and people B just feed each other in a cycle.
I guess it's like any other serious disorder, if you have had your life significantly impacted by it, it gets really annoying really fast to have people toss it around like it's no big deal.
Though I am sure that there are milder forms of it. If the OP truly can't stand to have used things in her house (even if she doesn't need to do a hours long cleaning ritual over them), then she can't stand to have used things in her house, and it's useless to berate her to be logical. I am sure one can be phobic of germs while NOT having OCD (and I'm pretty sure what I grew up with was heapin' helpings of both).
If she can't get over it, then that's fine. I can empathize. But I still wouldn't throw that out as an excuse (because she'll get the zOMG JUST WASH IT or evil rotten scapegoat treatment probably). And I still think she should try to find out and be sympathetic to dollar amounts not being equal not being all about her and her kiddo.
But no way would I have her DH tell others she's a germaphobe. Even as evidenced on teh interwebz that's an open invitation for ridicule and probably scapegoating in the family. People can't/won't understand, they think you're faking it or it's not serious, ect.