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OCD sucks. I can say that she really can't help it. I've been there, and everyone gets annoyed with me over my "quirks" too. I know it sucks for you OP, but your manager really can't control it. It sucks for all parties involved

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Let me clarify. I didn't mean she was crazy because of the germ OCD. I'm saying that because she sprayed OP's hands with a chemical that hurt him/her rather than hand sanitizer or soap or something.

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Can't say anyone's to blame, OP is looking to "cure" their OCD quirks, and the person couldn't have known there would be an allergic reaction.

OCD sucks. I can say that she really can't help it. I've been there, and everyone gets annoyed with me over my "quirks" too. I know it sucks for you OP, but your manager really can't control it. It sucks for all parties involved

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Germaphobia is a way that OCD manifests itself. So, Germaphobia is a form of OCD basically. And it can be clinical and mild at the same time. Also, some things may bother her while others don't. It's different for everyone

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27 - I agree. I think the most she could have done was ask the OP to wash or sanitize their hands. But you can't blame her for being bothered by it. She can't help that

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I came off as being a total ass. I just get irritated when people use their condition as an excuse to act a certain way. I'm OCD, Bipolar, and have ADHD but I never use my conditions as an excuse to act poorly. It can be really difficult to control the urges but it is doable. Saying that OP's boss couldn't help it just isn't true.

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You know what, it doesn't matter if it can be controlled or not. If the manager is not fit to be around people, then he/she should definitely not be MANAGING. OP really should file a complaint with OSHA and sue.

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I said she couldn't help being bothered by it. Not that she couldn't help spraying OP's hands. And I realize this is fictional but if you've ever seen the TV show Monk, well people like that actually exist. He literally can't help it a lot of the time

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@17 Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought one of the diagnostic criteria for OCD was ritual. Eg. a patient might be a germaphobe, but it manifests as needing to wash their hands 300 times a day (even when they know they're clean), which separates it from "regular" germaphobia. The key there is the irrationality. It seems rational (if extreme) to spray someone's hands if they touched a rubbish bin.

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She may not be able to help the fact that she is bothered but she certainly can control her reaction. Asking someone to wash their hands? Normal reaction. Spraying one of your employees with chemicals? Crazy bitch right there

One day I would just wait until your boss fell asleep and dump around 7 trash bins worth of crap in their cubicle or office and let them wake up and practically gas themselves with cans of disinfectant whilst screaming tribal like chants and exact revenge... or maybe that's just me.

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Well to be frank its not a severe mental illness and lighten the hell up. Do you think anyone would actually do this in real life and you as you said its a joke, some people have a dark sense of humour and if you can't stomach it then to be honest, meh.

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TBH i had no issue with the obviously joking and hypothetical nature of the original comment. However you seriously need to reevaluate your opinion that it is "frankly not a severe mental illness". I can understand that people's free use of the term where it does not truly apply can affect how people perceive disorders like this, but OCD is a serious anxiety disorder, often expressed with other forms of anxiety as well. As the previous comment suggested; if this were to actually be done it could very well lead to much more psychological damage as a result. Also; panic attacks actually have a physical response as well as the obvious psychological distress you know, and people can make themselves violently ill and even have heart attacks, as well as the very real possibility that the suffering person will genuinely "gas themselves" or clean themselves until they bleed after the fact.

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