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    obsessive complusive disorder...anyone have it?

    Im completely obsessed with things like checking doors locked etc. But lately its got a lot worse...I worry about everything!!! Prob because I am stressed about my finals...but I worry about my health (obsessed I have things wrong), I worry about everything being perfect etc

    You can prob tell if you look at my previous posts I am a bit of a worrier, just wondering am I alone?

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    my gf friend has it and its really annoying

    No not alone, my OH has slight OCD tenancies, he has to check his car door and the house doors etc, he won't take my word for it they are locked... One of my friends and her partner are nightmares, everything has to be just so or they flap.. especially her, bless! lol

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    ChipSticks;5062250

    No not alone, my OH has slight OCD tenancies, he has to check his car … No not alone, my OH has slight OCD tenancies, he has to check his car door and the house doors etc, he won't take my word for it they are locked... One of my friends and her partner are nightmares, everything has to be just so or they flap.. especially her, bless! lol



    thats like me...its like half of your brain knows that it is locked or whatever but the other half is saying check it check it!

    i have to check HUKD on an almost weekly basis

    Oh your not alone. It actually more common than you think.
    I have had it since i was about 16yrs, Checking everything 10 times. door windows, cooker knobs etc. That part i havent had severely for years. Just slightly now and then.
    I solved it by forcing myself to check once only. It was very very hard for a long time and i failed sometimes along the way but it helped.
    I straighten things now especially choc bars in shops. and ornements etc have to be symetrical.
    there is also councelling available

    jamespir;5062240

    my gf friend has it and its really annoying


    Bet that made him feel better lol

    i have ocd with checking things are locked. I often push the handle down on the front door about 10 times before i walk to my car then i get my son in the car then i sit down in car then i get back out to go check door again (about 3 more pushes). I always keep pressing button on car keys to keep checking the light flash so i know its locked.

    bargainhunter2009;5062262

    thats like me...its like half of your brain knows that it is locked or … thats like me...its like half of your brain knows that it is locked or whatever but the other half is saying check it check it!



    I'm a bad grandma...

    sorry, couldn't resist lol.

    I can cope with OH it's really not that bad, but my friend can stress me out at times, lol. Her house is spotless, she cleans in meticulously. She filled in some form about OCD and there was a question saying that if you went out of the house and remembered you left your bed unmade, would you get stressed, and she said yes, she would have to come home to do it!! my gawd, it would drive me mad.

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    Its more than checking though now...its the worrying. Its got really bad. I worry about diseases, I just bought a used car and I am obsessing about the scratches on it....my bf says i am annoying

    bargainhunter2009;5062308

    Its more than checking though now...its the worrying. Its got really bad. … Its more than checking though now...its the worrying. Its got really bad. I worry about diseases, I just bought a used car and I am obsessing about the scratches on it....my bf says i am annoying



    Why don't you go have a word with your doc, they will give you some ideas about tackling it.

    yeah see your gp.
    There is actually meds for it ya know.
    Especially if you have panic attacks too.

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    ChipSticks;5062349

    Why don't you go have a word with your doc, they will give you some ideas … Why don't you go have a word with your doc, they will give you some ideas about tackling it.



    I did go a few years ago....dr was not interested. It has got worse. Dr just said lock the door and walk away! That was it - just try to get over it!

    I need to have my shirts sorted by colour, left side - short sleeve, right side - long sleeve ... is it OCD? :-D

    bargainhunter2009;5062407

    I did go a few years ago....dr was not interested. It has got worse. Dr … I did go a few years ago....dr was not interested. It has got worse. Dr just said lock the door and walk away! That was it - just try to get over it!



    Useless turd!!

    The doc, not you!

    I think there is more understanding about OCD these days, I would definitely try again, hopefully with a different GP.

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    ChipSticks;5062428

    Useless turd!!The doc, not you!I think there is more understanding about … Useless turd!!The doc, not you!I think there is more understanding about OCD these days, I would definitely try again, hopefully with a different GP.



    Lol!!!! Thanks...I have changed drs since then anyway, so I could try again. Have some rep!

    http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/funny-pictures-ocd-cat-fixes-your-picture-frame.jpg

    http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2008/11/funny-pictures-your-cat-definitely-has-ocd1.jpg

    http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/funny-pictures-stacked-cats-have-an-ocd-human.jpg

    sorry couldnt resist the above ... they make me laff.
    i have slight OCD ... and the OH has a different kind but more than me.

    bargainhunter2009;5062457

    Lol!!!! Thanks...I have changed drs since then anyway, so I could try … Lol!!!! Thanks...I have changed drs since then anyway, so I could try again. Have some rep!



    Cheers hun

    definitely try the doc's again, hopefully you'll get better results this time xx

    Edit: Love that middle picture ^^^ lolll

    I was diagnosed with OCD a long time ago. I have taken clomipramine hydrochloride for years and find that this keeps it more or less in check. I used to worry about everything obsessively. Have felt normal (whatever that is!) for years on the medication.

    I suffer from OCD mildly i think. If i cant do something perfectly i wont do it at all. Everything in my room has to be tidy and in the right place otherwise i cant relax. I even find myself tidying up the magazines in the newsagent when im looking at buying one.
    Fortunately I am able to see the funny side of it and it doesnt annoy me often. Only the constant worrying about stupid stuff gets me down.

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    Susannah;5063870

    I was diagnosed with OCD a long time ago. I have taken clomipramine … I was diagnosed with OCD a long time ago. I have taken clomipramine hydrochloride for years and find that this keeps it more or less in check. I used to worry about everything obsessively. Have felt normal (whatever that is!) for years on the medication.



    Well done to you for getting help, i know someone who REFUSE to get help and he is getting worse. He claims " Dust " protects him............. and if he doesn't do his OCD daily,someone he knows is going to die.

    OMG i have/had this too
    heres a short list

    I constantly check that the front doors locked and the car
    tins and jars ahve to be the right way round in the cupboards and fridge
    anything in numbers ie car stereo, tv, pc, vloume have to be an even number or 5, 15, 25 weirdo or what lol
    i always put my right leg in my pjs first
    i always shave my right leg first
    baby is always clean OH always moans cause im constantly wipeing her face and hands
    odd numbers freak me out if i go shopping and the bill is £13.xx i buy something to round it up to £14 at least same if its £xx.13 have to get summit else

    was worse when i was younger, used to
    switch a light on and off 3 times (so equals 6 in total, even number lol) when walking in or out of a room
    any button i had to push it no matter where
    used to hate the colour pink, but for some reason if i wore it it made me feel safe so i learned to love pink and now its my fav colour, weirdo

    your list just reminded me ...
    the odd number thing is annoying when the OH insists on the volume number ... lol *rolls eyes to heaven
    and about the loo roll holder, which way the paper rolled out (told me the first time we met as well, that's when i knew this one was domesticated and thinking longer term ...). dont even get me started on the books in alphabetical order, and having to be completely flushed at the front-facing edges ...

    we have a friend who does his CD collection by colours ... ahem. how does one find that one album ...

    for me i cant even remember it's part of daily life ... but i remembered this last week.
    when i cycle i have to start with the right leg at a specific angle ie the right paddle has to start at that or else i am convinced i will fall. and i do lol.

    my cat has ocd too ... for eg, when we bring her into the bathroom, she starts licking and cleaning herself furiously (in case we drop her in the bath maybe?) so she can prove she's clean enough. if you touch one paw she'll lick your smell off, if you touch the other she'd do the same so we play this game LOL. this happens all the time we're used to it. could it be nurture or nature

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    I fail to understand...........Why do you them?? Is it because you fear someone is going to die / bad things will happen if you don't .............:?

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    we all have this disorder, as you call it, in one form or another

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    Don't you just hate how everyone has to have OCD nowadays (usually described as mild OCD).

    Usually it's 'I have to check the doors are locked' which is just common sense. Usually it's just a case of wanting to exert control over minutiae because you lack it in other areas.

    The other self-diagnosed 'look at my illness, oh please God pay attention, I'm speshial I am' illness is depression.

    People need to stop looking for maladies to define themselves by and make them seem interesting, and sprout a personality.

    The answer to this entire thread is NO YOU DON'T.

    bargainhunter2009;5062262

    thats like me...its like half of your brain knows that it is locked or … thats like me...its like half of your brain knows that it is locked or whatever but the other half is saying check it check it!



    I do the same thing and even get half way to work and have to turn around and go back and check the door is locked - I am worse with my GHD's, whether I turned them off, I check about 5 times and still worry all day even though they shut off automatically

    dcx_badass;5065414

    My sister kinda does but only about two things, checking doors and … My sister kinda does but only about two things, checking doors and windows and turning off her straighteners (she takes a photo of them unplugged in the middle of her floor before she leaves).




    I put them in the middle of the floor but the photo is a good idea

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    jjcaho;5065335

    I fail to understand...........Why do you them?? Is it because you fear … I fail to understand...........Why do you them?? Is it because you fear someone is going to die / bad things will happen if you don't .............:?



    A lot of it is because of Friends - not all the girls watching had the looks to be Rachel, couldn't find it in them to be quirky or ditzy so decided to be like Monica.

    Also, people are inherently programmed to make themselves stand out. Victimhood guarantees sympathy/attention so they use it to look special.

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    kippy;5065247

    we have a friend who does his CD collection by colours ... ahem. how does … we have a friend who does his CD collection by colours ... ahem. how does one find that one album ...



    Aesthetically appealing patterns are relaxing and most human beings can memorise even complex orders of items that they are exposed to daily.

    Also, checking your doors are locked is not OCD. It's common sense accentuated by increased exposure to media which invariably highlights bad news,e.g. break-ins.

    FilthAndFurry;5065435

    A lot of it is because of Friends - not all the girls watching had the … A lot of it is because of Friends - not all the girls watching had the looks to be Rachel, couldn't find it in them to be quirky or ditzy so decided to be like Monica.Also, people are inherently programmed to make themselves stand out. Victimhood guarantees sympathy/attention so they use it to look special.



    Im assuming you are joking...Friends is the root of it all?

    From seeing your posts on misc you want to make yourself stand out too by putting across that you are better than others...anyone who has depression or OCD is attention seekers, or the thread about how TV is not quite up to your intellectual level...

    ChipSticks;5062250

    No not alone, my OH has slight OCD tenancies, he has to check his car … No not alone, my OH has slight OCD tenancies, he has to check his car door and the house doors etc, he won't take my word for it they are locked... One of my friends and her partner are nightmares, everything has to be just so or they flap.. especially her, bless! lol



    Wish my wife had this OCD cos the other day we came out the house and I asked her if everything locked to which she replied "yeah lets go"
    3 hours later returned to the house to find the front door ajar a few inches and thought $h1t we've been been robbed, ran in the house to find everything in it's place and asked the wife if she closed the door behind her for her to say "i'm sure I did" doh.:roll:

    Broxy;5065487

    Wish my wife had this OCD cos the other day we came out the house and I … Wish my wife had this OCD cos the other day we came out the house and I asked her if everything locked to which she replied "yeah lets go"3 hours later returned to the house to find the front door ajar a few inches and thought $h1t we've been been robbed, ran in the house to find everything in it's place and asked the wife if she closed the door behind her for her to say "i'm sure I did" doh.:roll:



    :? I would have been ******! thank goodness you didnt get anything nicked.

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    cbryanp;5065486

    Im assuming you are joking...Friends is the root of it all?From seeing … Im assuming you are joking...Friends is the root of it all?From seeing your posts on misc you want to make yourself stand out too by putting across that you are better than others...anyone who has depression or OCD is attention seekers, or the thread about how TV is not quite up to your intellectual level...



    I didn't say that. People who have these disorders do generally need help. That isn't helped by everyone claiming to suffer from 'mild ocd' because they like their house to be clean or like to check their doors are locked.

    It trivialises what can be debilitating disorders.

    And the majority of tv is rubbish aimed at the 'lowest common denominator'.

    FilthAndFurry;5065520

    I didn't say that. People who have these disorders do generally need … I didn't say that. People who have these disorders do generally need help. That isn't helped by everyone claiming to suffer from 'mild ocd' because they like their house to be clean or like to check their doors are locked.It trivialises what can be debilitating disorders.And the majority of tv is rubbish aimed at the 'lowest common denominator'.



    You have no idea how this affects the OP so you shouldn't be so judgemental in stating they dont have it.

    My nephew has a mild case of it.

    I used to be a bit...I used to always worry that I forgot to close the door behind me as I was off to school, so I used to stress about it for ages. :giggle:

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    cbryanp;5065540

    You have no idea how this affects the OP so you shouldn't be so … You have no idea how this affects the OP so you shouldn't be so judgemental in stating they dont have it.



    Judging from what the OP's said, they're just exhibiting signs of stress. Again, they're probably feeling compelled to exert control over small things because they are worried about the bigger things.

    bargainhunter2009;5062262

    thats like me...its like half of your brain knows that it is locked or … thats like me...its like half of your brain knows that it is locked or whatever but the other half is saying check it check it!



    My brain yells that about yer avvie. I worry constantly yer gonna change it!!!!!

    Seriously though have a chat with yer doc or practice nurse and see if they can help. True OCD can be dibilitating (and I'm not just talking hecking doors here!!) but meds can control/ help it.

    My OH has this, along with social phobia and panic attacks (which derive from having OCD) and he's recently started a group therapy for Cognitive Behavioural therapy. It's really helped him so far- perhaps if you see your Doctor they will recommend something like this for you. CBT is one of the recommended treatments for OCD because it will teach you coping skills, and changing/challenging your beliefs which often lead to the ritualistic behaviour. Good luck anyway

    FilthAndFurry;5065387

    Don't you just hate how everyone has to have OCD nowadays (usually … Don't you just hate how everyone has to have OCD nowadays (usually described as mild OCD).Usually it's 'I have to check the doors are locked' which is just common sense. Usually it's just a case of wanting to exert control over minutiae because you lack it in other areas.The other self-diagnosed 'look at my illness, oh please God pay attention, I'm speshial I am' illness is depression. People need to stop looking for maladies to define themselves by and make them seem interesting, and sprout a personality.The answer to this entire thread is NO YOU DON'T.




    your a strange one you aint ya!!!

    how the hell do you know if someone has it or not, i was on medication when i was younger as it was driving me insane i gradually weaned myself off them and cope day to day with other methods, the reason more people talk about it nowdays as its not a taboo subject as it was years ago i suffered for ages before i asked for help, as well as coping with bullying and bullimia which i was told by my gp ocd sprung up as a direct result as i used the rituals as a coping mechanisum

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    ilovepink;5065803

    your a strange one you aint ya!!!how the hell do you know if someone has … your a strange one you aint ya!!!how the hell do you know if someone has it or not, i was on medication when i was younger as it was driving me insane i gradually weaned myself off them and cope day to day with other methods, the reason more people talk about it nowdays as its not a taboo subject as it was years ago i suffered for ages before i asked for help, as well as coping with bullying and bullimia which i was told by my gp ocd sprung up as a direct result as i used the rituals as a coping mechanisum



    There's two issues here. Firstly, OCD shouldn't be trivialised. I know how it can impinge on one's life and destroy their life. That's why I get sick of hearing how someone is 'so OCD'.

    Secondly, there's a point that conflating OCD with basic hygiene or security can actually exacerbate a minor condition or cause one to appear.
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