Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 12/12/2008 8:08:29 AM (GMT-7)
OCD, good thread choice my Big Sis. I have looked hard at the definition of OCD and I guess I don't have OCD. All my sx are anxiety related due to GAD.Cognitive behavior therapy has been shown to be the most effective form of therapy for OCD in both children and adults. Cognitive behavior therapy involves retraining your thought patterns and routines so that compulsive behaviors are no longer necessary. One approach in particular is called exposure and response prevention. This therapy involves gradually exposing you to a feared object or obsession, such as dirt, and teaching you healthy ways to deal with it. Learning the techniques and new thought patterns takes effort and practice, but it's worth it. Most people with obsessive-compulsive disorder show improvement of signs and symptoms with cognitive behavior therapy. Reference: Mayo Clinic
I empathize with you that have this anxiety.
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Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 12/12/2008 9:31:03 PM (GMT-7)
even though i know ive locked the back door, i will get up out of bed 5 times to check it. even though i KNOW ive switched the oven off, i get up and check it.
i CANNOT go to bed unless i have laid out my clothes for the next day. it can take me up to 2hrs to decide what to wear- (funnily i always end up in jeans and a rocking good t-shirt.) i get physically anxious if my clothes arent sorted for the next day and i really do get wound up about it. i have called in sick to work because i couldnt cope with finding something to wear.
i hoard stuff. i say the same prayer every single night because if i dont, something bad will happen. i compulsively pull my hair out- its a condition known as Trichotilomania. its more under control now, you would never know that i used to have bald patches where i had torn out handfuls of hair.
when i was younger i used to get up minimum 5 times a nigt to check that my parents were breathing. this lasted for years. but the hair pulling is by far the worst symptom of my OCD.
when i go to bed at night, i start to worry that my bladder may be full (even though i dont feel the need to go) so i get up and pee at least 3 times after ive settled in for the night, so i dont have to get up during the night.
even though my room is a disaster zone, i am an artist, (art & english teacher) and i need symmetry. i cannot handle things being crooked, out of line etc. it agitates me.
Post Edited (Mazfire) : 12/24/2008 4:55:43 AM (GMT-7)
Post Edited (YaGirlC) : 12/12/2008 2:31:33 PM (GMT-7)
I'm like you when it comes to having balance to all things from nick nacks to pictures on the wall. If one thing on my mantle isn't exactly the same distance from the center than the other side, it drives me insane. I obsess about surfaces being germ free as well. I must have cleaned the keyboard on my desk a dozen times this morning and the phone just as much (even though I was the only one who used them). I have to clean my hands thoroughly before touching my purse and stuff before heading home from work so as not to take any germs from the work place home with me. My home is my germ free zone. Routine - I have to do my morning routine the same way each day or it just throws my whole day off.
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Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder most commonly characterized by intrusive, repetitive thoughts resulting in compulsive behaviors and mental acts that the person feels driven to perform, according to rules that must be applied rigidly, aimed at preventing some imagined dreaded event. In severe cases, it affects a person's ability to function in every day activities. The disorder is often debilitating to the sufferer's quality of life. Also, the psychological self-awareness of the irrationality of the disorder can be painful. For people with severe OCD, it may take several hours a day to carry out the compulsive acts.
i will share a couple of mine. my ocd always seems to be evolving. when i was a kid it was alot about numbers, it still does but not like it used to be. in my note book at school it was full of numbers. i would have to make lines.each line would represent "1" and i would do that up to 86 (the age i thought it be good to die at,morbid i know) that number still plays a role in my life today.
some of my recent ones include:
rite before i watch a dvd i have to get up and look at the back of the cover and see how long the movie is.
if i see a number on anything and its not in the range of a good life span i have to search for a number that is, for example 86
if iam working on a car or something that has a nut and bolt i will have to take the bolt in and out a couple of times or i feel something bad will happen.the "something bad will happen" is a big driving force in my ocd.not so much for myself but for my family members.
if i come up the stairs and see sa family picture out of the corner of my eye i have to walk back down and walk back up with out looking at them or i fear something bad will happen to them.
i have more but i want to talk about one that really gets to me, its not even an ocd ritual,its the side effect of trying to fight them, the thoughts. i call them the "war" its like a war in my head when i try to fight the ocd thoughts, i try to block them out ,try not to do them. i feel like iam gonna explode with rage sometimes or just crumble into a mass of emotional crap.i know the thoughts are irrational so i try not to do them and when i do that's when the war in my head starts,. its like a no win situation.
ooops ,sorry i was just gonna share a little.....
Posted Today 11:00 AM (GMT -6) by YaGirlC"Warpy/Scary" Thoughts and O.C.D.
Are they one and the same? I've never really seen a distinction between the two, so I am just wondering if 'warpy/scary' thoughts are a symptom of O.C.D., or is just a different issue altogether?
Bringing to the top some of the threads that the members asked for in Lyn's Questionaire.