As the title might suggest, my hands are bleeding. I think this is because I have been washing them too much over the past week. This crept up on me without my realising. I’m not at the stage of washing them multiple times in one go or of washing them again as soon as I turn the tap off because I have touched the contaminated tap etc. but I think I have been washing them when it wasn’t necessary. I have dry skin anyway so the result is a bit dramatic. I now keep my hands curled up because it hurts to straighten my fingers and I also keep them in my sleeves because they look bad. I’m beginning to feel like I have claws. This is not yet a real problem but it needs to be kept in check. Now at least I have understood what is happening so I am prepared to resist and I think I’ll be able to.
Personal experience of how a world can fall apart due to mental illness.