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    Rabies Fear

    Iím having another irrational fear that is consuming me. Visited my grandparents today and they informed me that their dog two days ago ďgot loose and was bitten by something but we donít know whatĒ Anyways, my first question was ďis he up to date with his shots?Ē And they said of course he is. He was just at the vet two weeks ago. Of course, for me that isnít good enough. This was after me and the dog were playing together but he didnít scratch or bite me. Iíve been obsessive looking. Regardless, reading online confirmed, that if the dog did break skin and he did contract rabies it doesnít matter because the virus is in a dormant state. The dog would have to actually be showing symptoms and the virus isnít active for at least three days and thatís rarely early, itís usually weeks. Anyways, as you can tell, Iím struggling because Iím not sure what to do. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!

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    Re: Rabies Fear

    Well, at least you know it’s irrational and recognize the dog doesn’t have rabies. You’re way ahead of most of the rabies posters on here.

    There is a great book called Brain Lock for irrational thoughts. I also use the Anxiety and Phobia Workbook by Bourne with my therapist.

    Whatever you do, you have to face the irrational thoughts head on and talk back against them. Also, whenever you feel yourself starting to go down that path, it helps to also engage in an activity that resets your focus, like going on a walk or playing a video game.
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    Thank you for the advice. It seems like whenever the thought comes to mind itís important for me to maybe think ďthis is an irrational thoughtĒ and then go focus on something else? Iíve struggled with OCD as well. Obsessive and intrusive thoughts are my thing lol Iíve made great progress but the thought of coming in contact with a dog that got bite or scratched by something rabies infected scared the crap out of me. Even if he is fully vaccinated. Iím going to work on this and take your advice. Thank you again!

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    So Iím still struggling with this. My grandparents also washed my bedding because they have a huge washer. Now Iím like ďomg what if the dog licked my blanket and my eyes rub against my pillow and Iím infectedĒ even though Iím sure the virus canít like survive on bedding. My logic is all over the place. Well itís not logic, Iím jusy constantly thinking ďwhat if...Ē. Iím struggling to shake this fear. Even though he is fully vaccinated and got a booster two weeks ago, he wasnít acting weird, he didnít bite or scratch me, and it was two days after the bite we saw each other so itís impossible for the virus to be active, Iím still panicking and thinking about this. Itís exhuasting. Itís truly exhausting.

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    Re: Rabies Fear

    This sounds like your OCD flaring up. What do you usually do when you have OCD flare-ups?
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    Usually, not give the thought the fear that it wants. This one is just very hard for me because Iím not sure what is logical with the virus. Iím not 100% sure how itís spread because google (of course) provided me a bunch of scary information.

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    Well, Dr. Google is a quack. Never see him.

    What is logical is you don't have the virus and neither does the dog. Deep down, you know that.

    OCD makes a liar out of your brain. Your brain says to worry when there is nothing to be worried about. I don't know how old you are, but usually the older you get, the worse it gets if left untreated. Most people treat their OCD with therapy and/or meds and lifestyle changes. There are many additional techniques such as yoga, meditation, self-help books, journaling, etc. that help. I think it's time you start trying some things in addition to fighting back against the fear.
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    Thank you. Youíre right. Iím in CBT but sometime it concerns me that itís not helping me that much because of episodes like this. Maybe OCD requires a different treatment than GAD.

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    Re: Rabies Fear

    Quote Originally Posted by AnxietyZT View Post
    Iím in CBT but sometime it concerns me that itís not helping me that much because of episodes like this. Maybe OCD requires a different treatment than GAD.
    Talk to your CBT therapist abut your reassurance seeking on an anxiety website. It's important as reassurance seeking behavior can be detrimental to your recovery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishmanpa View Post
    Talk to your CBT therapist abut your reassurance seeking on an anxiety website. It's important as reassurance seeking behavior can be detrimental to your recovery.

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    Yeah she is going to be upset with me lol. She warned me not to go down this path of constant reassurance. Iím someone that use to do ALS strength tests hundreds of time throughout the day. Iím going to work on this and fight back against my thoughts. Itís tough, but Iíll put in the work. Got through this before!

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