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OCD - August 23rd 2009, 02:18 PM

Hi, I know that no one can make any kind of professional diagnosis on here but Im just wondering if any one else has had any of these symptoms or experienced anything similar and whether this sounds like OCD.

Recently I've started to become really obsessive about things related to fire or my car.

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1. I get really worried that my car is unlocked whenever I leave it anywhere like a car park. I will lock my door, lock the passenger door and then Ill check if they're locked or not about 5 more times walking round my car, checking the doors, looking through the window if they're locked or not again.

2. Whenever I use my hair straighteners & hairdryer I will turn them both off at the plug, then Ill check again, and Ill keep on checking another about 5x if they've been switched saying to myself "off, off" about both plugs. Then even though I've said "off, off" a few times & know I have before I go out of the house Ill run up the stairs again to check again if theyre off.

3. If Ive been cooking and have used the oven and gas rings I will switch everything Ive used off after using, then Ill check another few times walking up and down the kitchen looking at all rings and ovens to check about another 4x if theyre really off.

I dont know what has sparked this off! Ive always had little habits in my head like having to turn a light off in 10 seconds or something, or having my car radio volume on even numbers or 15... but never this bad before!!
It seems like Im mad or something, becoming really obsessive.
To those who have had/ have OCD does this seem like the kind of things you do too? Or do you think it seems more minor than a mental health problem? Because I dont know whether its serious enough to go to a doctor about or not?

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Re: OCD - August 23rd 2009, 03:41 PM

my sister has OCD.
Those are definitely symptoms of OCD.
I recommend you see a psychologist or psychiatrist because OCD can become a huge interference in your life.
I really believe it is OCD.

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Re: OCD - August 23rd 2009, 03:53 PM

Hey Chloe,

Your symptoms definitely do sound like OCD. I have OCD and can relate to the "checking" behaviors you wrote about. I would strongly advise you to see a doctor, who can refer you to a therapist/other professional who specializes in treating OCD. What you want is a professional who uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT is the best technique for treating OCD. It involves looking at how your thoughts and your behaviors interact to produce these "rituals" (checking over and over again, etc.) and how you can change these interactions to free yourself from your obsessions and compulsions.

You are NOT crazy; please know that. OCD can make people feel like they are crazy and should be locked up, but I want to reassure you that you are not crazy. It's just OCD, not you. Good luck to you and I'm here if you want someone to talk to!

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Re: OCD - August 23rd 2009, 04:38 PM

Hey Chloe,
That definately sounds like signs of OCD.
You should probably see a doctor before the symptoms get worse.
You are not crazy at all.
OCD is a medical condition so it is not your fault at all.
Let me know if you need anything,
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Re: OCD - August 23rd 2009, 07:23 PM

Heya, thanks for replying everyone
Woah... I never thought I might actually have it.
Maybe I should see a doctor about it then in case it does get worse, because it's only started recently so it's kinda mild at the moment.
Do you think that CBT will work? Im not too sure what it is?
Are there any links I can use to find out more about this therapy?
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Re: OCD - August 23rd 2009, 08:00 PM

omfg, i have those kinda symptoms... if im sitting looking at a sentence i try and seperate the letters out into groups of 4 or summin, or i like things to be really equal.... is that ocd?


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Re: OCD - August 24th 2009, 12:56 AM

Hey Chloe,
I'm not quite sure what it is either. Try googling it with your state and town afterwards so you can find it near you. Let me know if you need anything.
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Re: OCD - August 24th 2009, 03:08 AM

Chloe,

Here is a link that discusses CBT. If you play around on Google, searching for websites explaining CBT for OCD, you'll also find some good information. CBT changed my life, and many others with OCD. It's something to keep in mind. The important thing to remember is that everyone has rituals or obsessions. But if they start to interfere with your life and with your functioning, that's when there's a problem. Take care of yourself and PM me anytime!!

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Re: OCD - August 24th 2009, 11:29 AM

CBT is Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It is a type of therapy that is carried out by qualified psychotherapists andi s most effective when treating anxiety conditions such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. It can also sometimes be used in conjunction with medication.

There are many elements and different styles of CBT and it all depends on your OCD symptoms to which style you use.

Exposure and Response prevention is one style that you might use. This is basically where you are 'exposed' to your fears and you see what the result is. For example you might be asked to lock your car door, then just walk away from it. When you return you will see that the car door was locked etc.

It may also be important to note that you may or may not have OCD, but OCD has to be at least a few hours a day of obsessions or compulsions that give you strong disterss.

I hope this helsp you a little bit! This wikipedia link can explain some more.

OCD can affect upto 1 in 30 people (Source). So while it may seem strange that you are possibly a sufferer, bear in mind that it is quite common.



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