While this is a scary and uncertain time for everyone, it could be particularly challenging for people with pre-existing mental health conditions, in particular OCD, as there are constant triggers and reminders from all media platforms to carry out behaviours to keep ourselves and others safe.
OCD Action has seen a large increase in support requests from people affected by OCD whose fears have become focused on the Coronavirus outbreak.
The advice being given by Public Health England is for everyone to wash their hands more frequently and thoroughly to protect themselves and others from catching the virus. They are also increasing restrictions on attending public gatherings, going to work, and leaving the house altogether. For people with OCD, in particular contamination or responsibility fears, it could be difficult to identify which behaviours are 'acceptable' and recommended, and which are driven by the OCD and anxiety.
OCD Action has put together tips for those struggling during this particularly challenging time.