I think the rise in cases of OCD are directly linked to this nonsense about germs and people making huge profits with antibacterial goods. Hospitals need them because people may have compromised immune systems - but I find the level of neurosis about germs truly worrying in some people.
I think moderation in all things, common sense and live life. Sometimes we are going to be ill - that's life. Our immune systems get stronger as a result.
Has there been a rise in cases of OCD linked to germ nonsense?
When did that happen?
You can't help but notice companies like dettol/dettox trying to scare the fuck out of people about all the lurgy germs lurking in sinister ways about your house, but that's the panic about the different whatever-flus being exploited.
I know that advertising by its very nature makes us discontent and therefore we buy things to plug those gaps. But the neurosis sales have become so extreme - we smell, our loos (and teeth) are not bright white enough, our homes stink so much we are social pariahs, the dog brings in germs, our babies are in danger....blah blah blah. For someone with fragile mental health, this constant barrage of worry rammed down our throats must have an effect, surely?