And my brain can relax and I can go back to focusing on our conversation (do we even have a connection?
) and the alcohol will kill those germs right away.
Others have obsessive thoughts and do no compulsions, some fear germs, while some have to have everything neat, clean, and orderly (that is NOT me; I always wished I had the cleaning kind! For instance, mine started when my grandpa died (I’d been living with him), my mom divorced for the second time, and I had to change schools for the fourth time. Now, the severity varies depending on what’s going on in my life — namely, the amount of fear and anxiety I have, how much stress I’m under, and how much control I'm lacking.
Last week, a waitress dropped my ear of corn on the table and she asked if I wanted a new one. In the past, I’d insist on new corn, panicking, stammering, and saying, “You know, would you mind getting me some new corn …
there’s some black specks here on it (that will probably kill me).”Dating’s hard enough without throwing mental illness issues into the mix, right?
Yes, we all have our quirks, but what’s the difference between a quirk and a behavior that affects your day-to-day life, and not always in a positive way?
It starts to affect your partner’s life, too, and soon you realize it’s more than a quirk.