My Teacher Thinks I am OCD...am I?

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TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 9/19/2007 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Ok, I have class that is online. The actual classroom I am in is small and it is only one of my friends and our facilitator. She just started a few weeks ago and we hit it off at the start. She is an awesome person and she is very interested in learning my opinions and thoughts. I love her to death, but she thinks I am OCD. The room we are in is called the ACCESS Lab. It is a very expensive filled with laptops and lots of other stuff. It looks really nice compared to the rest of my school. So, I clean it everyday. It is a small room so when one person gets sick, everyone does.
 
So, I clean it with clorox wipes, every table and swifer the floor. I am really clean. I like things to be clean, in order, neat, and even. Things can't be off balance, it bothers me. I organize everything in the room except her desk!
 
Anyways, my teacher thinks because I like to clean everything all the time I am OCD. She has never asked me to my face it I really were, but once I walked in and started cleaning and she said,"You don't have to clean you know." I looked at her and she said,"Oh, I guess you kinda do though don't you." She said it like it were an uncontrolable problem of mine.
 
One day she had dumped the garabage cans and they were clean. I hate being the first to throw something way so I put my paper in a garabage can outside in the hall. While I was out of the room she asked my friend if I were really and "OC". My friend of course told me later.
 
Today, she was reading 'Readers Digest' with an article about germs living in schools and lockrooms. I was out of the room and she said to my friend,"I wonder if I should let her read this? No." My friend told me when I got back. The teacher started cleaning the white board and organizing it neatly into a chart. It had never been this way before, but I could tell she was doing it because she thought I would have a problem with the way the board did look. That is, not clean or organized. She is taking classes to become a teacher so my friend and I were helping her with a alphabet letter book she is making. When we got to the letter L my friend yelled out Lysol! Referring to me! My teacher then said,"The 'OC' lamb likes lysol." She was jokes about using it of course but she thought it was funny.
 
I am going through other problems such as depression and anxiety and such so at first her thinking that I am OCD was kind of funny, but now I think it is true. My dad jokes about how I am OCD. And now she does. I think I may be just a little, nothing over the top though, but my teacher is really pushing it.
 
I feel so bad. It's like she is making fun of me, but she doesn't mean it. She is a really good person. It shocked me that she even said that. She never says hurtful or negative things. She is just having fun with it, but with the things my mind is experiencing right now, I can't take her pushing it like she is doing now. It is starting to affect my progress. I am in counseling(she doesn't know that, for my depression/anxiety/panic) and I was doing a little better, but now that she is saying this stuff I can feel it. Normally I would let it get to me but I am going to tell her the whole truth and explain to her my other problems. She is very nice and understanding. We are really close, that's why she jokes, I know she doesn't really mean it.
 
Sorry about venting. My question is, is it possible that I do have OCD, even a slight bit? Thanks so much. And sorry this is so long. Thanks!

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   Posted 9/19/2007 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   

Yes it is possible and I would like to suggest that you talk to your Pdoc re the possiblity of this being a diagnosis for you.

You will find yourself in good company as many people have issues with OCD.

Take care and keep posting.

 


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TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 9/19/2007 7:01 PM (GMT -7)   

OCD would definately not explain everything wrong with me, but it would explain a lot! My next questions are,

I have been talking with my school counselor for about 6 weeks now, should I tell her about this? Should I tell her what my teacher thinks? And what is there any way I can help myself with this?

I have been listening to my counselor, I have been being my own support team, helping my self through the rough times and I don't want to let this get in my way. I am trying to fix everything myself. With the help of my counselor. I don't want everyone knowing about it. I don't care, however, if everyone knows, I just want it to be one of those bumps in the road that I can get over by myself. I don't want people making abig deal out of it.

Thanks. I think I will talk with my counselor about it. And then tell my teacher about my issues. We are really close and I trust her. She will understand. And I think she needs to know so she doesn't push me to my breaking point! I am trying to be comfortable with talking about my problems, as I am very scared to right now, but I think it would be good for me to tell her. It would be good experience! She and I talk openly about personal things a lot so I think she will understand.  

I will keep you guys posted on how it goes, if and when I decide to tell them both. And what happens when I do tell them.
 
Thanks for being here!

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   Posted 9/20/2007 10:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I have the same OCD cleaning habits as you my friend .mine is pinesol and for me their is NO shame in my being OCD to a point
I have learnt to cut way back on some issues like washing floors 5 times or more a day ..no dishes in sink .....lock checking 5 times things like that ..thru CBT........

Yes I would tell this good teacher of yours the facts that you have a/p and other disorders and that the " joking " is bothering you .........I go along with alot of the kidding and jokes to BUT when I have had enough I state it out loud and clear...........

I would suggesst the PDOC as Kitt has said it wont hurt .........

I wish you all the best......
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TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 9/20/2007 4:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks. My cleaning is Clorox wipes. I love them! I clean everything with them! And I love to 'swifer' stuff! And Lysol spray! I have no shame in it at all. I don't mind it and it doesn't bother me. I just see it as me being me. Nothing wrong with that. And I don't mind discussing stuff about my conditions. Although I have to say my anxiety gets to me and it is hard for me to talk about it, BUT in my mind I really want to 'openly' disucss anything and everything about my, I guess I could say, disorders.
 
It is very hard for me, but I am working really hard on it. I want to talk about it openly and be able to educate others about it. And what people who suffer from things(such as a/p depression OCD etc) actually go through. I want to use it as a positive experience through education and awareness. I think I could teach people a lot. BUT first I have to get over my anxiety! It is totally holding me back. BUT I am working on it. I am trying my best to get through everything.
 
Graduation Exams were/are this week so I am not able to talk with my counselor, but I asked her for the letter I wrote her and I am going to let my teacher (one who jokes about my OCD) read it. Then, try to explain my feelings. I feel it is the right thing to do. And it would be really good for me to talk to someone other than my counselor openly about it. I am hoping to be able to tell more people. (my friends and family I mean)
 
So, I am on my way. Helping myself as much as possible. I am my own support system(along with you guys and my counselor). And I am working very very hard to change everything back to the good.
 
Thanks for the replies. They helped a lot. I just didn't know what I should do. But, you guys are here for me so, thanks! :-)

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   Posted 9/21/2007 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Just a thought. You may have OCD but your are not OCD. Whatever conditions we have do not have to define who we are. Give yourself a break and reject labels that others try to put on you. It will make it easier to deal with whatever challenges you do have. Your teacher ought to know that too!
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   Posted 9/21/2007 2:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I totally agree with this
Same as A/P we have Anxiety.....Panic
IT does not have us .......that is why I ask ppl to go to the success thread and post their successes .............even if it baby steps ........

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TeNNiSd0C09
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   Posted 9/22/2007 12:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you both! That helps alot! sometimes it's nice for someone to remind you that something isn't or doesn't control your life! Thanks alot!

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   Posted 9/23/2007 4:03 AM (GMT -7)   
NO prob and I rally think you are going about this with the letter and the teacher in a POSITIVE way

KUDOS to you ............

Keep posting and getting it all out .............

Luvs

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