Most of you will never know how hard it is just to reach out…

Most of you will never know how hard it is just to reach out...

Most of you will never know how hard it is just to reach out…

… and touch something as common as this is, without talking yourself through it the whole way.

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21 thoughts on “Most of you will never know how hard it is just to reach out…”

  1. I know it only through empathy, and a very mild sense of it myself. But I truly feel for you.

  2. I remember feeling this way. Not because I was afraid of the outside world, but because I was afraid of the “person” who is still out there somewhere.

  3. everyone always says “oh im so OCD about that stuff” and it usually is something that has to do with organization. and its something small enough that it doesnt matter.
    when i tell people i spend up to 2 hours in the shower washing my hair over and over with shampoo and then over and over with conditioner, they think im a freak. i feel like no one understands what OCD actually is.
    the point is that i feel for the people who are afraid to touch doorknobs. i know what it feels like to have an irrational fear. and i just hope people can be more understanding about these kinds of things in the future.

  4. I have OCD too and it got to the point where I couldn’t touch anything or anyone. But I got help and got better and I can even give hugs and kisses now. It wasn’t easy, but it is possible.

  5. I have mysophobia (fear of germs) and I can’t touch door knobs, ever. I use a tissue or the sleeve of my sweater if I have to.

    So, maybe, fear of germs?

  6. I understand this, I’m Bipolar, and it feels like I’m the only one in the world, but you must realize that you can’t say something like this. Millions of people experience this exact same thing everyday.

  7. I love how people say “I know exactly what you mean” to this, when there are several different explanations just here.

    Anyway, for my two cents – seeing as it’s a door handle that’s chosen, I’d go for agoraphobia instead of OCD.

    But yes. “You are not alone”

  8. I have social phobia and because of it I go days not leaving my apartment. Because there are always people out there, there is no avoiding it. It’s such an awful feeling not being able to leave your home, no matter what the reason behind it.

  9. Just moved to university and the idea of walking out into a strange city everyday terrifies me. I have to think myself through every step before I even contemplate doing it. Leaving the house alone at home stressed me enough, here I just feel like I’m about to be swallowed. The guy I’ve been seeing for 6 months just tells me ‘I’ll be fine, it’ll get easier, it’s just nerves’. Makes me realise just how different we really are.

  10. i know how you feel. ive known i have ocd since i was 12 years old..im 19. i remember having to convince myself that touching the door knobs wasnt going to hurt me, and that it wasn’t dirty, and then having to keep myself from washing my hands after.

  11. I have OCD too, and I hate it when people underestimate it. When I refused all food and drink one time because of it, my mom hit me hard and told be to stop being stupid. Some people say they “understand” it, but get annoyed when I go through the anxiety and rituals and such. No one will ever truly understand the genuine fear and panic, except someone who’s been through it. So, the people around you don’t understand it, but I do. And many others do too. It doesn’t matter whether your issue is OCD, fear of germs, or agoraphobia, we are here for you. <3

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