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ok this is gonna be so hard to explain. this all started maybe a year ago or more. i don't know how to describe it, but i will tell u some stuff that i do...when placing a drink down (anything for that matter) i have to tap the item several times or keep placing it down up to 7 times or more. if i don't do this i feel that something bad is gonna happen to me, my bf, or my family. i have so much wierd stuff like that that i have to do. i have a "ritual" before i go to bed also. i am afraid and i can't not do them because it's hard just to quit. i told my mom but she thinks that it is all in my head. even my friends notice this. and i usually only do this stuff when i am alone. please respond


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Actually I have OCD ... and it actually had to be brought to my attention before i noticed it myself!! Kudos on your noticing a problem and trying to fix it ... Admitting you have a problem is the first step to finding a solution

First of all ... I don't think any of us here can tell you what you have, or what is wrong or anything like that. All we can suggest is that you talk to someone more qualified (say, a doctor) to help w/ these problems. Even a GP should be able to tell you what it *could* be and who else you can talk to that might be able to help you a bit more.

I think the biggest thing about OCD is that it starts to change things in your life. You do things that you normally wouldn't do ... And it starts interupting what used to be *normal* for you. Have you seen the movie "As Good As It Gets"?? One of the guys would freak out if he stepped on a crack on the sidewalk and he'd do just about anything (inc. stepping OVER people) so he wouldn't have to step on them. As long as he didn't step on a crack, his life would continue to be fine, just the way it was ... This is OCD

But that's just an example. As i said before, the only thing you can really do is make a doc appt and explain your situation and see what s/he thinks you should do about it. Here are some sites i dug up that should help you a bit more ...

Hope this helped a bit

~ Smurfy

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I have OCD I used to have big problems with it but it really isnt bad any more, and it definately doesn't interrupt my life anymore. I agree with Lilbluesmurf nobody here can tell you what you have, we are not doctors. Since you are worried about this, ask your doctor. They may be able to tell you or they may be able to recomend someone who can.

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For a while before I had determined my anxiety disorder I thought I may have possibly had OCD. A wonderful, wonderful book that I can recommend you read that deals with this disorder as well as phobias, & panic is called "THE SKY IS FALLING" BY RAEANN DUMONT. This book helped me tremendously. Many people have rituals. I do. But I've learned that they are not something that is affecting the way I run my life. People with OCD panic and feel like everything is wrong if they do not partake in the rituals. If this is impairing your life in any way then you should tell your mother that. It is a good thing you are paying attention to what is going on with yourself like Lilblue said. But, she's also right in that we can't determine what's going on with *you* but I'm happy to give any advice you need (Also if you are looking for more resources I have a ton)

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I have OCD too! At first it seems really upsetting and stuff, but after awhile you WILL get through it! Trust me. I thought I was a freak, but then I realized that millions of people in America do the same things. You sound really worried, so I suggest just see a therapist or someone who is capable of diagnosing a mental disorder. One of my little rituals was the hand-washing. I had to wash my hands 7 times really thoroughly with lye soap or else I was afraid I would get really sick. So don't worry too much about it, your not alone.
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Wow i never thought that so many people had OCD. i was just crusin though the boreds and came across this topic, i have a disorder but it seems like every other person has it too ADD. i used to take adderal, then i swiched to Ritalen and then i just stopped taking it altogether, i figure it will make me a stronger person for not getting help from a pill when i now i can do it on my own. Not that i am encourageing any one else to stop taking the meds, i had to talk to my doc before i did that.

i know this really had nothing to do with the topic, but owell!

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Actually, I'm happy to say that what I have said for over a decade about Ritalin is finally starting to be said by the medical community and by the mainstream press: ADD and ADHD are WAY overdiagnosed (it was a trend, basically) and Ritalin used for children and young adults often causes more problems than fixing them.

So if you are on Ritalin (bear in mind that it IS a stimulant, not the opposite -- it only works oppositely in young children who have not had adrenal and hormonal development) I suggest you talk to your psychiatrist about it.

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But if you're a worm, sleep late." - Shel Silverstein

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itz great that you realize it now.

you have to nip it in the butt before it gets ne worse. try to change your ritual, even in the slightest way. you can do it, it just has to take some time.
good luck

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