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post #1 of 36
Thread Starter 
The 'pulling my hair out' thread got me thinking. Does anyone here suffer from OCD, whether it's diagnosed or not.

Midway through my short lived and crud 'relationship' with ex, i think i had a quick mental implosion. I started counting the strokes of letters and numbers in my head, if i could not occupy my mind with anything else.

Eg: the word 'HELLO' H has 3 strokes, E=4, L=2 etcetc. I add the five numbers together, then again for each letter so the total of HELLO is 12, then plus 5+4+3+2+1 then another for the whole thing because there are 5 letters.

Another eg: the numbers 1352978. 1=1 stroke 3=2 strokes 5=3 2=2 9=2 7=2 8=1. 1+2+3+2+2+2+1 = 13. Then like the first example add the 13 to 1+2+3+4+5+6+7 (because there are 7 numbers)

Ok it sound really bad, and extremely hard to explain, but it takes only a few seconds to calculate it all in my mind. Maybe i'm the female rainman lol. I sound like a freak. But this all popped up because i was trying to ignore the fact i was not getting treated nicely by the ex and i needed my brain to think of other things.

There's no other things, some days i'm messy, some clean etc, but i'm not obsessive with it.

What kind of weirdness ocd do you guys have?
post #2 of 36
I have to check our stove a few times before going to bed even if I know we havent used it that day.
post #3 of 36
yes, i have OCD...stupid things like counting to twelve (it used to be eight, sometimes i do thirteen) as i put on my deodorant and if i "mess up" i have to start all over again, whether i'm caked in deodorant already or not. sometimes it gets to me while i'm driving..must light this cigarette before i reach that lamp post...and if the lighter sticks i have to slam on my brakes and upset the drivers behind me to make sure i do it or "something bad will happen". i think if i don't do these little stupid things (which there are many more of, i won't embarass myself though) that my whole world will fall apart or everyone i love (including my animals) will die. i am in therapy for it, along with some other things i won't list, but we haven't made much progress in breaking the compulsion.
post #4 of 36
I have a little bit of it as well...only a few people in my life know about it.

I must have everything in aphabetical order if possible, and my clothes are in a special order in my closet.

I had a crush on AJ the Backstreet Boy because his name came first in the alphabet I chose my dentist based on the first one alphabetically.. I have been this way for a long long time. I think it has something to do with the fear of making decisions.

It does have a hold on me and I don't like it at all. It makes me make decisions that aren't rational sometimes. But if I don't do it the way my mind tells me, I feel very unorganized and incomplete.
post #5 of 36
I have arranged our books to be by category, like classics, stephan King, True Crime, Historical Fiction, Non-fiction, fiction,etc and all alphebetically by author by category.
At this house, most of the books are in Bruce's room, so I don't see them, so they don't bother me.

I also get really bothered when B does the laundry. He places clothes back in my dresser where ever he thinks they go. So I have socks and tank tops in with my underwear and bras. It really drives me nuts.

Finally...ummm...I still mentally spell out my last name. I remember having to do that when I was a kid so I think I just engrained it in my head.
post #6 of 36
For some reason, my room can be completely messy, but if I notice something isolated...ie: a picture that is a little un-even, I HAVE to fix it, or else it will bother me alot.
Also, I don't know if it is OCD, but if I am wearing something new (like jewelry or clothes that I just got) and something bad happens to me....I just through them out (or get rid of them some other way) because I honestly believe they are unlucky. It's really weird...
post #7 of 36
I have to count floor tiles and stairs everwere I go. I can't help it, I just...do. It drives me nuts! I do the 'I have to get ____ done before ____' thing too! It's not as irritating as having to count tiles is, but it gets kind of embarassing when I think 'I have to put on this pair of pants before someone comes into the room because my door isn't locked' and someone walks in right then!
post #8 of 36
I'm really OCD about the door being locked. When I was in college, some guy walked into our dorm room because my roommate forgot to lock the door. I was sleeping, my roommie was awake but in bed. Luckily he just walked away. Of course, she leaped out of bed and locked the door. Ever since I have complete OCD about locked doors.
post #9 of 36
I have been known to auto lock my car a couple times because I can't remember if I locked it the first time. The DVD's have to go back to their original space as do the VHS tapes. And my car keys and tv remote both have their "place" and if they arn't there I get a little freaked
post #10 of 36
As I said in the other thread, my partner has OCD and up until his CBT it was really out of control. He's doing great now thanks to his brilliant doctor.

I think I suffer from a bit of 'pure O' (just thoughts, no compulsions) and also CSP which like the hair pulling is kind of embarrassing.

I think everyone does things like checking the door's locked etc, it's about being in control (and often forgetful ). It's when it starts to take over your life you've got a problem.
post #11 of 36
I am slightly OCD. Especially about food, I will check expiration dates 20 times before I eat something. I also have to have a clean bed at all times. I'm trying to wash the bedding twice a week but usually end up doing it every other day.
post #12 of 36
Yes I have OCD, my dad has OCD and my youngest OCD traits.

I am a checker, started when I was 16. Stoves, clocks, locks etc. I quit trying to get rid of the obsessions a long time ago. Meds etc never really helped me and I took quite a few and several different doses. I finally got to the point where I just wanted to learn to live my life with my obsessions. And seen then its gotten a little better but its still there.
post #13 of 36
It's not really that strange - I've witnessed that same behaviour in an ex who had a minor nervous breakdown - it was incredibly scary to see his mind just crumble up like that. He spotted a lit doorbell on the other side of the street and then just started doubling the number over and over, until by the time we got him into a relatively stable mode, he was up in 10 digit figures. Of course, I don't believe that that's quite the same as OCD, but I understand what you mean. Does OCD occur simply when you can't occupy your mind with anything else? Is it something genetic? Or is it something that is "triggered" in some way..... or is it even a habit that somehow gets out of hand? Please explain, I'm curious
post #14 of 36
My Dh has OCD, he checks the stove and locks before we go to bed. or if we are going away, even for the day, he checks the stove, locks makes sure everything is unplugged and the lights are off. He makes sure the pets all have lots of food and water. My oldest also has OCD, it cause her so much anxiety.
post #15 of 36
Originally Posted by LilleKat View Post
Does OCD occur simply when you can't occupy your mind with anything else? Is it something genetic? Or is it something that is "triggered" in some way..... or is it even a habit that somehow gets out of hand? Please explain, I'm curious
OCD can be something one is born with. I have seen young children (3 or 4 yrs old) with OCD and no family history. Me I had a trigger when I was 16 yrs old. I had someone pull a gun on me when I was 16. I was walking and they were in a car. And for me that triggered my OCD.
post #16 of 36
I think I'm slightly OCD. I know I like things neat & tidy - not to the point where I'm obsessed by it, but it will irritate me somewhat till I fix the problem. Everything has to be orderly...

I suffered through an abusive relationship several years ago, and I've noticed that since then, my OCD has gotten worse. I think it's b/c I had very little control over things while I was in the relationship (loooong story), and now I fear losing "control". It drives me nuts if I think I can't take care of something when need be - such as, when one of my furbabies' gets sick, or if there isn't enough money to pay the bills.

Whether I'm suffering from OCD or PTSD or whatever, I don't know. But I do know that I have anxiety attacks now, and have to take a Xanaxx when it gets bad..

post #17 of 36
I know exactly how many steps from my bedroom to the bathroom, how many stairs are in our house, how many windows. I can tell you how many steps it is to the mailbox. At work, I have to fold & size clothes.
post #18 of 36
I think I am slightly OCD also. My mom thinks I am too.
post #19 of 36
I'll admit to a slightly overenthusiastic commitment to keeping my hands clean. I do not touch doorhandles or light switches in public places, and I can get through an entire restroom visit without laying a finger on anything at all!

But I don't consider it OCD, really, because in this day and age, it's a good thing. There are so many emerging pathogens, so many infectious strains that are antibiotic-resistant... why not take whatever precautions you can? All my efforts only cost me a few Kleenexes here and there, and who knows what they may save me from?

And by golly, you can always trust the food I cook. When I cook, I use contamination-control techniques to rival the Level 4 Biosafety Labs at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta!

But OCD? Nahhh, not me...
post #20 of 36
My former husband had OCD before there was a name for it - he was diagnosed with "depression" and it wasn't until I read "The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing" that I realized what he had - then had to fight with doctors & psychologists to get his diagnosis changed cuz the meds they had him on were counter-indicated for OCD! He's been on Prozac for almost 2 decades now and has no more symptoms (his case was mostly O, not so much C)...his father has Compulsive Personality Disorder, and my daughter has a light case - she's a packrat. My marriage was educational in many ways!
post #21 of 36
Originally Posted by CarolPetunia View Post
There are so many emerging pathogens, so many infectious strains that are antibiotic-resistant... why not take whatever precautions you can? All my efforts only cost me a few Kleenexes here and there, and who knows what they may save me from?
I agree! Whenever I'm out in public, I immediately wash my hands w/ baby-wipes, which I keep in the glove box compartment of the car. And after I get back home, I wash my hands thoroughly w/ anti-bacterial soap. If someone considers this compulsive, I don't care: I'd rather be safe than sorry. I used to work in the public, and I've seen what some of these nasty people do..

post #22 of 36
I was diagnosed with OCD. I don't think I have it that bad. I do wash my hands alot...I hate dirty hands lol.
I check to make sure that the doors are locked and the oven is off a couple times before I go to bed or it will drive me crazy and I will have to get back up out of bed and check again....and to make sure the bird cage is locked too. But other than that its not that bad.
post #23 of 36
Oh and reading another reply got me to think of another thing too.....

I have to check to make sure that there is nothing nasty on my food from a resturant. Say if its a double cheeseburger from McDonalds...I have to check under the bun, in between the cheeseburgers and then underneath the bottom one. I had a fly in my mashed potatoes at Bob Evans once so since then I have been paranoid about that.

My food must be clean
post #24 of 36
Originally Posted by bnwalker2 View Post
I am slightly OCD. Especially about food, I will check expiration dates 20 times before I eat something. I also have to have a clean bed at all times. I'm trying to wash the bedding twice a week but usually end up doing it every other day.
I'm major OCD with food. I will smell milk everytime I use it even if it's within the same day. If anything looks funny, smells funny or tastes funny it won't eat it. Even if I know it's good, if it doesn't taste the way I think it should I just can't eat it. It's so frustrating because I hate having to waste food when it's ok but to me it isn't.
post #25 of 36
Mine takes the form mostly of stuff related. All stuff has a spot where it must be, and things that I have more than one of must be in the right order as well. I prefer to think of myself as quirky, but things can get out of hand.

Not long after I moved in to my house... I bought a whole duplex with a friend and nearly lost my mind when it was suggested that I should live on the left and not the right... a friend came over and opened my kitchen drawer, he was amused that all of my cooking utensils were arranged in order and straight and on a paper towel. He moved them, I put them back then had to check them a few times a day for about a week before I was convinced they were where they should be.

I don't have any that I can think of purely mental obsessions, like counting or abc related things... all of mine have a physical component. like I need to sit on the right if there is more than one position etc.
post #26 of 36
Thread Starter 
All these replies are great I was a bit worried some people might get offended and not want to open up, but we've pretty much shared all our dramas and health issues and things here. It's nice to know i'm not as strange as i thought

To Lillekat

Well i said diagnosed or otherwise. The counting thing was triggered, but i dont know when or how exactly, i am guessing by the timing. It also doesn't have to be when i'm bored, i do try and stop it but it can also pop up when i'm trying to listen to someone in a conversation or what not, i start counting certain words they say lol. Also when i eat m&ms i have them in groups of 5,6 or 7. I don't eat them in groups though, i put them all in my mouth and one by one suck on them till they melt. If they're the crisp ones i eat the chocolate off each one ten the middles. I can't put one in my mouth at a time for some reason, i think having these little groups makes them last longer. Just sounds a little obsessive though
post #27 of 36
I don't think I have OCD but in college before I could relax or buckle down for studying and paper writing I would HAVE to have everything cleaned and in its place or I just couldn't concentrate. Bed had to made, dishes/laundry done, papers in their place, dusted, etc.

Today, I am still a very clean person and like for all labels to be facing outwards, I check nightly. My husband is a clean person and likes to arrange his clothes according to color and then in groups from there (so I don't do his clothes, too much work!) I also wipe down the counters and the stove with antibacterial wipes several times per day since kitty paws like to go where they don't belong..
post #28 of 36
I believe we all have a little OCD thing in us, as we all have a bit of ADHD - these disorders aren't anything but exaggerations of typical human behavior. Only when the behavior interferes with the "normal life" a person wants to be living does it become a problem. In "The Boy Who Couldn't Stop Washing", one observation was that a person with compulsive behavior, like checking, seems to not be able to "know when they know" - hence the re-re-checking. Thus, anyone who has ever checked the same thing twice, even though they know they've checked it once already, "just to make sure", is exhibiting "OCD"...perfectly normal!
post #29 of 36
I have some weird OCD traits that I rarely reveal.

For instance, I have looping thought patterns and while they're looping I'll type them out on my fingers. So all that happens is my fingers twitch to the letters.

It happens when I watch tv and movies too. I have NO idea why and I don't ever notice I'm doing it until DH asks "what are you thinking about, you're typing a lot".

I also have to have all volumes set on even numbers, they CANNOT be on odd numbers.

I also rub the same spot on my face in a weird way and I never notice it.

DH is always noticing weird OCD things about me that he finds fascinating.
post #30 of 36
I used to have it terribly, until I found out I had post trumatic stress disorder. I went to a counselor and since then I'm WAY better.

Here were my weird things:

Hated even numbers, volume, tv channels,

I had to buy or eat three of everything (if I could have more than one)

I still have to go through the house and make sure everything that could catch fire is unplugged at night.... Our house is 63 because I'm worried the furnace will catch fire
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