Originally Posted by Annie Mac
Oooh, I don't know about that. Look it up on the internet? I try to avoid internet research, the same way I avoid medical dramas. Sometimes, ignorance IS bliss.
For those with illness obsessions, I agree!
My 10yo son has OCD as well. His main worries involve fears of getting seriously sick. He's not afraid of germs themselves, but if something touches his mouth (like a pen in an absent-minded way), he'll ask me, "What if that pen had poison on it?" The more he knows about illnesses, the more he worries.
My mom (dad too) is a germaphobe and worked in a hospital for a while. The MRSA and c. diff thing freaked her out and she started talking more and more about germs and began nagging my son about hand washing. He started worrying about getting sick around the time she started her lecturing.
I had to tell her to quit going on and on about it around him because it makes him obsess, and she (typically) said, "He needs to know.....blah, blah, blah... You don't make him wash his hands enough....."
As if her obsession (fear of germs=need to lecture about hygiene so she feels safer) "outranks" his (the more he knows about diseases=greater fear of getting sick from harmless things and greater need for reassurance.)
He's on Zoloft like me, and it helps him too.
Anyone else with conflicting family obsessions?