Winter, Germs, and OCD: A Challenging Trio

The winter season often brings with it a heightened awareness of germs and illness, which can be particularly challenging for individuals struggling with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is a mental health disorder characterized by unwanted, recurrent thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors (compulsions) intended to manage anxiety caused by these thoughts. During winter, when colds and flu are more prevalent, those with OCD may find their fears and compulsive behaviors intensifying.

Understanding the Impact of OCD

OCD can manifest in various forms, but a common theme is an excessive fear of germs and contamination. This can lead to compulsive hand-washing, sanitizing, and avoidance behaviors that significantly impact daily life. Winter, with its emphasis on illness prevention, can exacerbate these symptoms, making it a difficult time for those with OCD.

How NuWell Christian Counseling Can Help

NuWell Christian Counseling offers a unique approach that combines professional psychological techniques with faith-based support. Here’s how they can assist:

  1. Professional Therapy: NuWell offers therapies like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is highly effective in treating OCD. CBT helps individuals understand the thought patterns fueling their OCD and develop healthier coping mechanisms.
  2. Faith-Based Support: Integrating faith into therapy, NuWell counselors can provide spiritual guidance and prayer, offering comfort and strength from a Christian perspective.
  3. Personalized Treatment Plans: Each individual’s experience with OCD is unique. NuWell professionals can create personalized treatment plans that address specific fears and behaviors, particularly those heightened during winter.
  4. Coping Strategies: Learning effective coping strategies for managing anxiety and compulsions, especially in challenging times like the winter season, is a key part of the treatment.
  5. Online Counseling: NuWell offers ease of participation by offering online sessions to accommodate anyone, almost anywhere.

A Scriptural Anchor in Times of Struggle

In times of struggle, scripture can offer profound comfort and guidance. One particularly relevant verse for those facing OCD, especially fears related to germs and contamination, is 2 Timothy 1:7, which says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” This verse reminds us that through faith, we can find the strength to overcome fear and embrace a life marked by love and rational thought.


Managing OCD, particularly when it revolves around fears of germs during winter, requires a compassionate, multifaceted approach. NuWell Christian Counseling offers a unique blend of professional psychological support and faith-based guidance, helping individuals navigate their fears and find peace and resilience through their faith.