I am OCD, and OCDs often are contradictions, who can be extremely neat & orderly in one area of their life, while being filthy & disorderly in other areas of their life.
Years ago, I felt that a room I had processed photos in had become chemically contaminated, so I had a special set of clothes to be worn only in that room, which I would burn in the fireplace & get a new set of clothes only for wearing in that room.
Needless to say, a thorough shower & shampooing was necessary after going into that room (or, any other place where I might become "contaminated" and need a "decontamination").
At that time, I might sometimes shower 3 times a day or more, but I seldom did laundry, and afterward would put on my "uncontimainated" but seldom laundered clothes, which had a lot of perspiration odor on them.
We OCD people are real contradictions, aren't we?
A Agree with milliennumman75 that not bathing is a symtom of depression.
Today, I seldom do anything where I need special clothes & a deconontamination shower, and with my depression being so severe, I selcom am able to make myself bathe.
Living the life of an SA can be extremely depressing, & I think many SAs are depressed, but with a good reason, not like those people who are depressed for no reason, while everything seems to be going well for them in life.
Helpless, I was reading your posts with interest. I know so little about this and was wondering if that's generally what happens with SAs. I'm sorry you're going through this. I was so relieved to see one of your later posts asking if anyone has the opposite problem that you have.
I'm getting much better, but I used to over-shower and over-wash my hair. It wasn't really OCD, because it wasn't constant, but I always felt like I was dirty and smelly. I'd shower in the morning and a couple hours later, I wished I could shower again. I'd have to force myself to wait until evening. You can imagine that my skin was very dry so I'd have to lotion myself and then I'd feel oily. It was kind of a vicious cycle. For the past several years, I stick with one shower a day. That's all I allow myself.
Does this spill over into every aspect of our lives?