Contamination, partners and dogs.
Hi All, I’m new to NOCD and any kind of online forums, this is my first post ever, so please be kind! I’m looking to see if anyone has any advice on struggling with OCD, particularly contamination focused, and struggle with lack of control, and dealing with living a partner and their dogs. I have struggled with OCD for as long as I can remember and moved in with my my now wife last year. Since we have been living together, I have found it incredibly difficult to manage my OCD in terms of not having full control of things and situations (which comes with living with a partner) and incredible anxiety around the dogs and how “dirty” and “contaminated” they make me feel. I struggle with dogs being all over the house, on the bed and on the sofa etc., and don’t feel I can cope or sit down anywhere through fear of where they have been, what they have been doing, and them making me feel “dirty”. Due to this I find I spend extended periods of time stuck in my office and my relationship with my wife id incredibly strained. Any help, advice, or support would be greatly received, thank you