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What Type Of Ocd Do You Have?


  

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  1. 1. What type of OCD do you have?

    • washing
      29
    • checking
      48
    • counting rituals
      34
    • ordering/arranging
      34
    • pure obsessive worrying
      118
    • intrusive thoughts
      114
    • hoarding
      18
    • other. Please describe
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  • 4 weeks later...

can you have OCD even if you don’t have “classic” symptoms?



I don’t count things, I don’t sort things, I don't have rituals, I don’t put things in alphabetical order (unless there’s a rational reason for doing so, such as, it may make something easier to find later). I don't worry about my heath or that I will harm anyone around me.



I didn't feel that any of the choices in the poll apply to me, but I definitely obsess and feel compelled at times.



For example: I have had a favorite NFL team for 46 years. To say I’m obsessed with them is an understatement, particularly (but not limited to) when they are doing well. They are often the first thought I have in the morning and the last thought I have at night, and I think about them many times a day in between. When they’re doing well, I worry about the next game constantly. The football team is only one example, not the only example.... but it is the best example.



I feel compelled to do certain things at times too. It might be like a thought I get in my head, and then I just HAVE to do that thing. Sometimes it’s something that ends up being emotionally harmful in the end….for example, last week I felt almost compelled to research some information about someone on Google even though I knew that what I would learn would be more hurtful than helpful. Even after finding hurtful information, I kept digging. I fear I'll go back and look at it again too....even though it always makes me feel really bad to read what I find. I know I should discipline myself, and I tell myself I will...but I worry I won't.



Yes, I sometimes leave the house and worry that I forgot to turn off my space heater…have to go back and make sure it’s off. But I don’t have similar thoughts about whether I’ve locked the door or turned off the water, and since it’s the heater, I only have those thoughts during cold months (which don’t last long in my area of the country)



Is this typical of OCD, or is it something else?


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I check ever since i was a child i had obsesive thoughts on someone breaking into the house i would pitcture how they could do it without waking up my family so i always looked out my window to see if someone was there i also paced as i got older i started checking the door making if i got anxious i would go downstairs check the house look outside all the windows and check the door.

Now its mainly checking the front door even if i see my husband to it before me i will still check somtimes i do it without thinking so when i get in bed i strugle to convince myself that i did check to the point where i recheck. It helps to tell myself as im checking ive checked the door its locked i say it in my head till i get to bed. On a bad night i go downstairs to check the rooms but its exctreamly rare now i look out the windows. When the wind makes unexplained noise that may make me look out into my garden. Its been a constant battle and has caused me to stay awake all night when i was young i drank and stayed up late so i would just pass out. I don't think i could ever sleep in the house on my own.

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checking: I'm constantly checking my items and seeing if everything is where I left it right before I leave the house. It's not as bad as it was before though.

ordering/arranging: I'm always arranging things around in my room, everything has to be nice and neat and if it's not; I'll do it over again.

obsessive worrying: Always worrying over silly things that I shouldn't be worried about. Wondering if people like me or if their mad at me. And I'm always constantly feeling like I did something wrong even though I didn't do anything. Sometimes I worry over the littlest thing and I drive myself nuts over worrying. One year I gave myself so many horrible stomachaches just from worrying.

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I have health/anxiety Ocd and a low grade psychosis.The two are tied together..... my psychosis can escalate at times of stress ..my ocd can escalate at times of stress.

The outcome of the health anxiety is things like washing checking and a kind of Paranoia of people. I would go as far as to say my ocd when it was at its worst crippled my life. I could not touch anythin h without thinking i was getting full blown aids from things like door knobs and and i would constantly be rinsing my eyes and mouth with eye drops and mouth wash.

Yeah i was just going to write a couple of lines but this got me going.

When my Ocd was real bad my life was just wretched.I currently having a relapse of my ocd. Its really terrible ...its been going this time for 5 maybe 6 months. But this time its like i think i have a disease this time cancer. Although there is not physical evidence for it....really disappointing ...also its driving in the direction of Si...i relapsed some 13 days ago and feel like relapsing now to be honest. Ocd is just dreadful ,its a real prison i wish to escape from.

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I'm a checker (though only my phone alarm, the stove and the door), obsessive thoughts and intrusive thoughts. I also have a rituals in almost everything I do, though I don't believe there will be consequences if I do them incorrectly - I just have to do them that way. I'm obsessive in nearly everything I do, especially as I'm a perfectionist in most aspects. If I gain in interest in something I have to be the best at it and know everything possible. If I'm working out, I have to 6 days a week, the same schedule without fail. I also have GAD and depression, so when that is worse, my OCD is much, much worse. I have been checking more recently than I ever remember doing. Actually, I think checking is a recent development. I used to count, but stopped that at some point.

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I have:

washing rituals

checking rituals

counting rituals

pure obsessive worries

upsetting intrusive thoughts

What about you?

Ditto. Though the counting thing is fairly new and began with hand washing (the number of seconds one should wash for clean hands). It has gone into other areas, though.

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I have never been diagnosed with OCD but I am quite sure that I have it. I obsessively worry about things constantly. I also have scary thoughts that flash through my head when I am anxious. As well as major depression.

When I was younger I used to have to check things over multiple times it always had to be an even number of times I checked things because odd numbers were bad for some reason. I always opened and shut doors twice, knocked on things twice, even now if I have a cookie or something, I can't have just one I have to have two. It has to be an even number.

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I have a few different things. I do have washing, checking is a big one (especially locks to my house and car), counting, and organizing. Some of these I do have under control (with medications), there are days they come out and I really struggle with them. (I call them my bad OCD days). There are still some things I do on a daily basis, but I can somewhat control them to a point.

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I get really bad intrusive thoughts. I can't even talk to them about anyone since they'll think I'm genuinely insane since some of the thoughts are just so bizarre. I have to look things up online to reassure myself I'm not crazy. And I get an awful guilty feeling inside me even having to look up such terrible things. My mind thinks of regrets from my past & stays on those thoughts as well as my mind messing with me about things just so the awful thoughts stay in my mind. Makes me feel like a terrible person. I've never been diagnosed with OCD, but I'm too worried to discuss my thoughts with anyone. I've been diagnosed with depression/anxiety though.

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Mine is pure obsession - which I think piggybacks on a framework of excessive thinking. I recall getting our asset statement at work on our pension plan. I love excel sheets, so I decided to create a sheet to estimate if and when the pension fund would be depleted as assets grew, but baby boomers create liabilities as they left. I have numerous excel sheets; budgets, plans for holidays, ect..

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Never going to check for reassurance from my thoughts ever again. It just makes me feel even worse & it twists things around in my mind making me think I'm some awful person. Does more harm than good. If anyone else looks up their thoughts online for reassurance, I recommend you don't since it will most likely only make you feel worse.

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I've actually had to start monitoring what I read in the OCD forum, because as much as the information and database helps me, I often pick up others obsessions simply by thinking about them. (Reading, etc.)

Sort of a catch 22, huh?

I think a lot of these are subcategories of other listed "types". For me personally, my OCD started out extremely text book at a young age, and has developed into almost a purely obsessional form. (Pure O). In some ways, it's easier, as the compulsions are rare to non-existent, thus no need to hide and less shame or anxiety.

However, at least a compulsion gives you SOME form of release, if not only for a few minutes.

Really...OCD is a pain in the a**.

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Hoarding but not too bad now

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Other.. Learning new things, and inventing

I am learning science and chemistry, so I save things I think I can used to make, or use. It got way out of hand years back, but I can throw some things away now. And can focus on other things too now.

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I am a washer, and a checker. I always wash my hands, and if it is not antibacterial soap I worry about my hands not really being clean. When I use the toilet I always have to bleach it before I go, even when I am at home.

As far as checking, I check my body all the time. I am always looking for new blemishes, or minor skin eruptions as the doctors call them. I also have dermatitis, so that does not help. It does not rule my life, but it is irritating, and embarrassing at times, especially when someone sees you staring at your arms at work, or constantly using hand sanitizer.

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I get obsessed with...topics (aliens, mental illnesses, anything really)..people...reading, organizing and music. I study things for weeks until I get sick if it. I used to write things about people in my classes. I just stopped recently.

I read non stop. When I'm upset, read. When I'm bored, read. In class, read. I read all the time. If I dont have a book, ill read signs for miles. I always feel I'll be stupid if I don't read constantly. If im not cramming things into my head. Once in third grade, I read the whole children's dictionary.

I listen to music all the time also. I have to listen to music in the shower, on the toilet, eating, reading, sleeping. Music is always in my head. Im always singing, whether its in my head or out loud, im always singing. Most people say thats normal, but when youve got love is an open door in your head for days, its not normal.

Im organized. No matter what, im organized even when my room is a mess, I know where my stuff is. At all times. Ive had panic attacks because I couldn't find something. I cried once because I couldn't find a red marker. One marker and I freaked out. I was utterly embarrassed. I organize my bag every day at the end of the day. I check and make sure everything is still there, nothings missing, its all in order.

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I never gave it much thought, but maybe I'm borderline OCD.

 

Folks at work used to mention my neat desk drawers.  Every little sorter had its own item in it, with pencils, pens, paper clips always neat and facing the same way.

 

If I bump an elbow on something, I generally have to do the same to the other elbow.  ???

 

Books at home sorted by subject.

 

I count some stuff sometimes.

 

Ever since my mother died, when I leave home I wind up checking my pants pocket four, five, six, sometimes more times to make SURE that I'm taking my house key with me (you know how you maybe by force of habit look at something and it's not exactly what you think it is?).  That's not necessarily a bad thing - no one else has one, and I don't have a good hiding place for one...

 

It's not terrible, but I've got my little rituals and meaningful set-ups.  I'm trying to do without them - to wean myself from some of them.

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My biggest one is contamination. I'm a hand washer, obsess about feeling clean and things being clean/germ-free, etc. It's pretty annoying when you just want to do something simple like cook a meal but it takes twice as long because you have to stop to wash your hands 20 times.

 

I'm also a checker, obsessive worrier, have some rituals, and have magical thinking involving certain numbers and words.

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Whew.........

 

First chronologically would be hypochondria.  I throw that in with OCD.

 

Intrusive thoughts mostly.  Harm-OCD particularly.  Checking and rechecking things; faucets, doors, appliances.  Obsessing over little things no one else would give thought to.  Worrying I've done something wrong at work will be the death of me. 

 

I'm a bit of a germaphobe but I don't get the handwashing thing. Nope. 

 

Have a few rituals, probably.  I have to do certain things at work, and I can't wear certain things or I'll have a bad day.  I feel as if I get punished a lot by God, or some other entity.

 

At work to say I'm known for being uptight, would be an understatement,

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I am better than I used to be and I think that is due to medication. I'm currently on generic Cymbalta, although I think it is not helping me like the name brand and I'm going to discuss this with a new psychiatrist soon. I check locks and stove knobs. I have a fear that electrical wires will catch fire. I like the labels on my canned goods facing forward in my cabinet. I'm afraid of germs. I wash my hands a little too obsessively. The kitchen is a REAL trouble area for me. I don't like working with raw meat or raw eggs. I'm afraid of contaminating others. When I pray, I say some things over and over again because I didn't say them just right or respectful enough. I'm looking forward to trying to get back on the name brand Cymbalta because that helped me so much better than the generic. That's all for now.

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I had alot of differnt forms of OCD. I'll list some of the worst.

A porn addiction. I was obsessed with DLing it & labeling it & didn't really enjoy it.

POCD which is Pedophilic OCD. I'd worry I was a pedophile cuz I was DLing fake pix of underage celebs I did NOT enjoy.

It also manafest in relationships by obessivley thinking aobut my girlfreinds & worrying something would happen which caused me to get very controlling.

 

My OCD is OK nowadays thou cuz I take Neurontin/Gabapentin for it which helps alot.

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OCD germ related is the only part of my OCD that I have not been able to cure.  It is a daily struggle doing CBT and ERP to work through that anxiety.

 

I used to be a hoarder, but I successfully rehabilitated myself from that part.  I went through my entire room and purged it from 95% of everything that was in there one day.  The stress just had been building for so long and the dust was making my allergies go out of control so I just lost it and used my anger and several cognitive exercises in my head to throw everything away.  I think I hauled out 10 big black garbage bags out of a tiny 14' x 16' bedroom.   I followed up by throwing out all the furniture in there except for my new bed and an old desk unit.  In order to overcome my hoarding problem, everything had to go.  I could not just sit there and ask myself for each item whether or not I would use it again.  I used the rule that if I had not used it in the last 3 months, then it was likely never going to be used or found.  I think the only items I kept were my hoard of medications, which even then I threw out some.  That was the only thing I regretted throwing out.  

 

I went on similar pitching sprees in my basement.  I would usually try and only tackle one room or one closet at a time.

 

I used to have to check light switches for fear I would burn down the house if they were halfway off or not turned off correctly.  ERP and CBT helped break this ritual, and bring me relief.  

 

I also used to fear stepping on cracks in sidewalks at a younger age, the same strategies I used for checking helped me break this as well.

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