DEAR DEIDRE: I HAVE become completely obsessed with a well-known presenter on TV.
I am acting just like a teenager with their first crush.
I have always loved nature programmes and I particularly like Chris Packham.
I have created fantasies where we are married and he is madly in love with me.
In my dreams, we work on shows together, have a beautiful home and our evenings are spent together.
These fantasies are taking over my life. They are all I think about.
I have even bought a framed photo of Chris and hidden it from my partner. We’re both 51.
Now I’m struggling to enjoy sex with my partner unless I imagine he is Chris.
I can’t understand this. I am an intelligent woman and despite knowing nothing can come of it, I am acting like a lovesick teen.
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DEIDRE SAYS: This is less a simple crush and more an out-of-control obsession.
You stand to lose all the good things in your life, including your partner, if you let it go on.
There will have been a trigger for this obsession and identifying that will help you let these feelings go.
My e-leaflet Overcoming Obsessions explains self-help techniques and you can get ongoing support through OCD UK (ocduk.org, 03332 127 890).
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