Welcome to hand washers annonymous AD
I USED to wash my hands more than 130 times per day and often with a bleach water solution. Germs...nasty horrible germs...
I've been working on it and am now down to between 40-60 times per day depending on where I am and what I'm doing.
It's worse when I'm out in public "communal" places...the urge to wash is pretty strong. I carry wet-wipes and antibacterial gel for times when I
can't manage even walking into a public washroom LMAO. It gets pretty weird.
I keep working at it and like you said being aware of the whens and whats that make you want to wash is the best way to counteract the obssession.
The world is a dirty place, and it's pumped into us that hand washing is the best defense against human pathogens...go figure.
Keep a good sense of humour about it too...hundreds of thousands of people suffer the same obsessive need.
It's mainly classified as a problem when it INTERFERES in your daily routine. If it creates a situation where washing your hands impedes your daily
If you can work around it, just continue to be aware of the times...write them down (I do everynow and then when I realize it's getting worse). Walk
yourself through the urge...ask yourself why you need to...what would happen if you didn't wash? Measure the anxiety caused by NOT washing on a scale
of 1-10...anything over a four is something to be watchful of.
Do this kind of "score keeping" for a week. Then you'll have a good idea if your washing is really problematic or if it's just a mild case.
Often times I satisfy the washing urge just by running warm water over my hands...no soap...other times I forgo hand washing entirely...if the stress
isn't so bad (like when at home).
When you're at home...is it worse or the same as when you're out?
There are a lot of other things you can do to help yourself...it's not really a huge deal unless it takes hours out of your day or if you go snaky
and resort to bleach or harsh chemicals to clean your hands with...
The average person, washes their hands about 20-25 times per day (and that's actually a high number). That is of course excluding those in
professions where hands must be clean at all times like doctors, food handlers etc...then there are gloves to use instead/in addition to.
Keep track of your obsession to see where it falls on the scale of weirdness LOL.