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How Worrying About COVID Exposure Impacts My OCD

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Last week, I found out I was exposed to someone who then tested positive for COVID-19. We were both vaccinated, but breakthrough cases are real.

I was fearful, and rightfully so, even if I didn’t have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). I was fearful of being sick myself, of having to isolate and miss activities like work and theater, and of causing others I’ve been around to get sick.

Experiencing a pandemic like COVID causes anxiety, not just for those already with anxiety disorders. I went and got a rapid test as soon as I found out about the exposure, and thankfully my test was negative.

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