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Question OCD? - September 13th 2009, 01:23 AM

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I was just wondering what Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is? I've known before but I just forgot.
Is is like when you just think about a bunch of things and you can't focus and think on one thing? Or that you stress about a bunch of things and get overwhelmed easily?


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Re: OCD? - September 13th 2009, 03:10 AM

Hey Karli,

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can encompass a lot of things. Most commonly, it deals with obsessions (repeated, unwanted, thoughts/fears/worries/etc.) and then compulsions (rituals or actions to calm down the anxiety brought on by the obsession). There are lots of different types of OCD, though. Some people just have obsessions (I mostly have obsessions), where they obsess about a lot of scary things--death, sickness, germs, people being mad at them, etc. What can happen is a scary thought might pop into your head--like, "What if I am truly a murderer, deep down??" and then all you can think about is how do you know you're not a murderer, what's the proof, etc. Basically you just go in circles. Or you could worry that someone is mad at you and spend hours or days analyzing why or why not she's mad at you.

You can also have pure compulsions--where you have a lot of rituals that you do for no apparent reason. For example, someone might always feel the need to do things three times. Or someone might have a ritual of touching different parts of the door before opening it.

Then you can have obsessions AND compulsions. Someone who is very worried about germs (the obsession) might engage in repetitive hand-washing (the compulsion). As you can see, OCD is a vicious cycle.

There are so many different aspects and components to OCD (different thoughts, rituals, behaviors, etc.) that it would take me a while to go through all of them--so I hope this was a somewhat-helpful answer, and please don't hesitate to let me know if you want to talk further about it

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Re: OCD? - September 13th 2009, 03:22 AM

I have OCD. OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and "is a mental disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce anxiety, by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing anxiety, or by combinations of such thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions)."

For example, my OCD revolves around cleaning and germs. I get stressed when things are messy or could be full of germs. So, when I get anxious, I clean and clean and clean. Things are never too clean for me.


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Re: OCD? - September 13th 2009, 10:26 PM

It's when you feel that you have to do something or something that's out of the blue will happen. Like arranging chairs the same way or tapping on a door every time you walk by.
   
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Re: OCD? - September 14th 2009, 03:32 PM

As Jen mentioned, it can also include 'rituals'. These rituals can be anything from washing your hands 90 times a day so they aren't dirty, opening and closing drawers a certain number of times, and any other sorts of things like that. The main reason people will do these rituals is because they're worried that if they don't, then something bad will happen or they just won't feel 'safe'.
   
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Re: OCD? - September 14th 2009, 05:54 PM

Others have explained OCD.... I get the feeling you might be thinking of ADD? Not sure though.
   
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