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    Re: This is a new one. Bat under toilet seat?

    You have every right to be worried. Your anxiety disorder is miles out of hand and you're at right angles to reality right now.

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    Re: This is a new one. Bat under toilet seat?

    Quote Originally Posted by BlueIris View Post
    You have every right to be worried. Your anxiety disorder is miles out of hand and you're at right angles to reality right now.
    Difficult to reconcile this as anxiety when I have no explanation for the "bite" I felt :( I'm just having a seriously bad morning. Hoping it improves and I calm down later today.

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    Re: This is a new one. Bat under toilet seat?

    Had a long talk with therapist to evaluate what was going on. Starting therapy for OCD in the next couple of weeks. Apart from the phobias of contracting deadly diseases from animals or food, it doesn't seem to be health anxiety. They went through everything with me, and managed to pull the right info out of my intensely detailed monologues. Being as detailed as possible is part of my job, so it's a force of habit. They told me it was great as there was lots to work with.

    The actual medical symptoms I've experienced in the past have almost always lead to a diagnosis of something actually going on (liver damage, heart, hypermobility, and ovarian issues- all of which I felt genuine symptoms of, and all of which did indeed have something that needed to be addressed medically). Obviously this excludes the ones that start with a thought and then create sensations, but they "feel" extremely different. It's reassuring that I can reliably tell the difference between actual symptoms that need attention and ones that I know are a really far reach but still feel the impulse to worry about.

    I still feel it's important never to cap everything off as anxiety as that's just the other end of extreme thinking. If you feel something and it lasts a long time or gets worse, see a doctor. It's usually something simple, and if it's not, it's usually something that can be addressed.

    We ran through a lot of my fears and what I fixate on. They seem to come from fear of food contamination or diseased animal attacks. Ironically, I love animals, and I love cooking, so my OCD compulsions stem from passions and interests. Not sure why as of yet, as it seems more common for phobias to come from an established fear or incident. For me it's from things I genuinely love.

    The questions they asked actually revealed I do have a lot of physical compulsions along with intrusive thoughts. I check things a lot, I have a "system" in the kitchen where I throw any item out that I feel has been contaminated. I realised that I woke up early every morning to make breakfast for my boyfriend in case he accidentally poisons himself by using something I didn't wash correctly. All of which I can see as completely illogical, yet impossible to ignore.

    Feeling a little bit better about "batgate".

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    Re: This is a new one. Bat under toilet seat?

    Just revisiting this thread as I had a massive trigger today. I was browsing a thread from an artist I follow, and there was a joke about scary animals being more afraid of us etc. Out of nowhere, somebody posts a photo of a bat that they had found in their toilet. Exactly my fear. Lots and lots of people decided to share their toilet bat experiences. They go looking for water if trapped and often this ends up being your toilet or sink. One person even explained how a bat had crawled through their extractor fan and fallen onto their toilet lid.

    Now, I know my scary moment happened months and months ago, so I likely wasn't bitten by anything, but its set off the compulsion to check under the toilet seat and in the extractor fan whenever I'm in the bathroom. Even if I'm just washing my hands. I really don't want to end up doing the compulsive checking again, but that thread seriously made the threat more real in my mind.

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    Re: This is a new one. Bat under toilet seat?

    Quote Originally Posted by WorryRaptor View Post
    One person even explained how a bat had crawled through their extractor fan and fallen onto their toilet lid.
    My sympathy is with the bat. Imagine if the poor bugger had fallen through the extractor fan and head first into an unflushed turd?

    Was the poor mite concussed?

    I get that you have this 'bat fear' Raptor but it sounds like this wasn't much of a party for the poor bat either!
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    Re: This is a new one. Bat under toilet seat?

    Quote Originally Posted by NoraB View Post
    My sympathy is with the bat. Imagine if the poor bugger had fallen through the extractor fan and head first into an unflushed turd?

    Was the poor mite concussed?

    I get that you have this 'bat fear' Raptor but it sounds like this wasn't much of a party for the poor bat either!
    I can't imagine the poor little creature met the most dignified of ends!

    Some were rescued and released successfully, others may have ridden the "log flume" into the sewage system.

    The bat fear is 100% an OCD phobia, so I'm trying my best not to give in to compulsive checking. This morning I was sorting through a pile of craft supplies (there are a lot), and something tickled across my foot. I was so convinced it was a bat which had somehow hidden itself under the sofa before I could investigate. I'm still scared it might have been. It's a rather exhausting phobia.

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