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Old 07-23-2018, 07:08 PM   #11
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And if I'm feeling lazy I'm not opposed to the "Puerto Rican Shower", as my roommate in college called it (just shampooing and washing your hair, either in the sink or leaning over the shower).
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Old 07-24-2018, 12:14 PM   #12
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To update you all, it's been getting better (along with all my other symptoms), as I seem to be recovering slowly somewhat. I don't shower every day (kind of a laughable idea for me... such hard work...) but I do maybe twice a week now instead of--at its worst--once every two weeks.
Yay! I'm happy to hear it.
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Taking showers is really hard work for me. It's difficult. I feel like I have to exert this herculean effort just to soap myself, scrub everywhere, rinse, etc.

Does anyone else have trouble keeping up their hygeine with SA or any other mental illness? I am depressive type SA so it could be a motivation thing, or part of the depressive symptoms.

Has anyone risen to this challenge, or come up with any neat tricks for staying well groomed despite?
A few years ago my symptoms peaked so that I only managed to bathe every third day. It was such a fight to get to the shower stall and take a shower. Eventually the bad chemicals in my brain lost out, and I regained the ability to keep up my personal hygiene.

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Old 09-12-2018, 07:03 PM   #14
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To update you all, it's been getting better (along with all my other symptoms), as I seem to be recovering slowly somewhat. I don't shower every day (kind of a laughable idea for me... such hard work...) but I do maybe twice a week now instead of--at its worst--once every two weeks.
This was such a great topic. One day out of nowhere I started to hate the feeling of water on my body. I was a guy that took two showers a day my entire life then wham water became my enemy. Taking a shower also initiated weird hallucinations like bugs coming out of my hair. Hygiene just became too complicated for me to handle. I am a bit better now but I can remember days sitting on the couch for an hour trying to talk myself into taking a shower. I would negotiate with myself - if I go shower now I will skip washing my hair or I won’t shave today. The mind is just so complicated and crazy.
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I also find showering hard.

for me it comes from not having any real reason to, and the fact I have body issues- and actually taking care of it makes me feel gross

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