Among OCD sufferers, specifically among those with health-related anxieties, often no amount of reassurance is ever enough. In fact, the act of seeking reassurance can make OCD worse. It temporarily decreases anxiety but it reinforces the seeking reassurance behavior. OCD sufferers should resist the urge to seek reassurance and endure their anxiety. If an individual usually seeks reassurance when they feel anxious then not doing so will increase their anxiety, possibly to very intense levels but those levels cannot be sustained. Anxiety always decreases. In that way, anxiety is akin to the law of gravity: what goes up must come down. Individuals with OCD are unwilling to endure their anxiety. They do everything in their power to escape it. This is a mistake. Anxiety avoided in the short run, only intensifies it in the long run.
You may be overreacting to the IPL treatment. Your level of concern in any situation should match the most likely outcome. The professional advice you sought supports the idea that your level of concern should be minimal. You minimize the doctor’s advice but focus intensively on the outcome that frightens you the most. You must get in the habit of basing your reactions on the reality of a situation, on the truth. This is essential to overcoming OCD. What one feels to be true may be very different from what actually is true. I understand that changing thought patterns is not an easy task. It is a skill that you can learn with practice and professional help.
Congratulations on working through anorexia but OCD can be equally as problematic. Both anorexia and OCD are control disorders. Sufferers are attempting to gain control of their lives but no one with either disorder effectively achieves this outcome. If you haven’t done so already, please seek counseling for your OCD. Very effective treatments exist for OCD, one of the best being exposure and response prevention therapy. The find help tab at the top of this page can help you locate a therapist in your community. I wish you well. Please take care.