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OCD?! - January 22nd 2014, 07:53 PM

Basically i think i might have OCD i arrange things in alphabetical order all the time, like DVD's CD's books everything, and i get stressed when there not in a straight line, someone moves them, if they have marks or scratches like everything needs to be perfect, also i need all of my stuff in a straight line aswell is it OCD?!?
   
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Re: OCD?! - January 22nd 2014, 09:46 PM

We here can't technically diagnose you with anything. I can say that what you're explaining does sound like OCD, and I would definitely talk to a councilor etc to get further checked out to see if indeed it is and what they can do to help you.


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Re: OCD?! - January 22nd 2014, 11:46 PM

Try not to confuse OCD with the desire to crave perfection. Almost everyone has some form or forms of OCD though this is just a person's general desire for things to be perfect because in human nature, we crave perfection, we like things to be perfect. The fine line can be hard to distinguish.

OCD is an anxiety disorder. How do you feel when you can't get to order things alphabetically? Do you feel you have to do it or you can't leave the room? Are you able to tear yourself away from trying to make something look perfectly straight? Do you feel obsessed with keeping things in order?

As a sufferer of OCD, a washer and an orderer, I have to do things or I can't do anything else. All my games, DVD's etc, they don't have to be in alphabetical order but they do have to be numerical or I spend so much time fixing them back to how they were. I order my things so that they must touch the edge of my shelves, if they're not, I can't leave my room. Sometimes during the day I wash my hands several times, in the past it was as much as 50-75 times per day because I had a complete obsession with washing my hands due to the fear of germs, funny smells or weird sticky feelings. Sometimes when I'm going out and finish brushing my teeth I have to balance my toothbrush upright every single time in the bathroom, if I don't, I stand there trying my best to balance it and I become so obsessed with it that I've even missed the bus to town on the occasion.

There are different levels of OCD, some or mild, some are severe. As Michael said, we can't diagnose you. If you feel your symptoms are becoming an issue for you then I strongly suggest you chat to your GP because they can test you and help you if the test proves positive.


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Re: OCD?! - January 23rd 2014, 12:11 AM

What you're describing sounds more like a personality trait or tendency than OCD. I do a lot of what you do and I always want things alphabetized, straight, and organized, but I do not have OCD. Some people are this way more than others, but it's only considered a problem if if interferes with your life.

As Sarah said, OCD is an anxiety disorder involving obsessive thoughts and ritualized behaviors. Basically, someone would have an obsessive thought (like things are contaminated or dirty), which would make them anxious and they would do a ritualized behavior, such as cleaning the house or washing their hands to decrease the anxiety created by the thoughts. If they don't do the behavior, the thoughts don't stop and it interferes with the ability to live their life and do the things they want and/or need to do. You have to have both the thoughts and behaviors to be diagnosed as having OCD.

If you're still concerned that you may have it, it never hurts to discuss it with a counselor, doctor, or parent.


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