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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 7/25/2007 3:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I always worry that some of the thoughts that come into my head when Im really anxious are a bit strange and that I must be the only person like this.  I often get urges to do something and can't seem to stop myself.  For example when out driving I can get the urge to do something such as hoot my hornfor noreason at all just because i feel the need to do it and can't seem to control that urge. Or when in the house  have developed an urge the rake through drawers.  Don't know exactly what I am looking for but panic that there may be some letter or bill or something that I should have paid attention to or have missed.  Its crazy because its almost like i'm looking to find something to get anxious about, which I know will make me feel terrible but I still can't help myself.  This probably makes no sense so sorry for the ramble.  Just feel so confused sometimes as the way my mind works and why I can't control my need to do certain things.

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   Posted 7/25/2007 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there and Welcome
No you are not alone in this as far I see it anyways
Speaking for self I am looking after my Dad who has Alzheimers and trying to cope with being sick a teen daughter, moving and all the other sad n really " make no sense " things that happen in my life that I am constantly rummaging thru my papers I have written Kitts Number down at least 10 times cannot remember it and CANT find one paper with it on it either.........BUT I keep looking for it and I too am wondering if bills are paid if this is done ect.........

I will do the odd " spur of the moment thing or who cares I am doing it thing" just because .....
Not anything that would hurt self or others just "things"

I swear somedays I am more certifiable than others ......

Its okay lol
Go with it you cant hurt anyone by rummaging thru your drawers and I have overpaid on some bills lol ( which is great when a credit comes in ) ........

Sometimes I think with me it is the need I have to JUST do it and not worry about it and be outta control as I have to always be in a kinda control and safety net with the severe OCD I have lived with for more yrs than I care to count ......and am working real hard at fighting and BEATING this OCD monster.......
As long as you are not hurting anyone or self I think its ok to beep your horn or just let yourself go if only for a few moments each day

We as a/p er's always are worrying about one thing or another so I just say
"If it feels okay to you and ya wanna do it .......go for it .."

Just my opinion
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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 7/25/2007 6:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I call it "nesting" !! haha! I always do that uncontrolled rummaging thing putting things places looking for things, cleaning or cooking. "OH MY GOSH WHERE IS THE LOWES BILL"
"WHEN DOES THIS CHICKEN GO BAD WE MUST COOK IT" "I MUST SCRUB THE SHOWER" I call it nesting and always laugh at myself when I calm down, it reminds me of birds in spring when they are flying all around so panicky about building their nests. It is like poor impulse control or maybe we just like the avoidance of that feeling of nothing to do or the mundane and boredom? We always have to be doing something.....I know I do! If I have nothing to do that is just no good, I will have a meltdown so I rather be busy looking for something then lose it becuase I am bored.

I am a real chatter typer today!

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Date Joined Apr 2007
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   Posted 7/25/2007 6:53 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello and Welcome to the A & P forum. I am Kitt.

Hey there, I think you are ok too.  I get some strange urges to and rummage through drawers for  bills or my closet due to some thought that triggers it. Lyn's example of the bills, I start to look frantically to find the proof that it was paid.  I go through the check book 3 times before I settle down enough to see what is right in front of me.............Yes I paid the bill.

The closet, I know right where that shirt was now it is gone, am I mad, I know that is where it I search  the closet and don't see in til the third time past it. Not that I was going to wear it but I just wondered where it was.

As long as your not causing any harm to you or anyone else, I would not dwell on this as a big deal. The horn, go ahead, just be prepared to get nasty glares from the one in front of you, lol.

Glad to have you aboard. Keep posting.


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