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saradactyl

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I’m honestly shocked that my parents didn’t notice my OCD as a child. When they left me with someone I would cry until I couldn’t breath because I would see an image of them dying in a car crash flashing repeatedly in my head. I couldn’t get it out. I told them about it but nothing really came of that. There are so many things that I see now and am shocked my parents (or any adult, for that matter) didn’t notice. Like how I would rip out anything put in my hair, have literal anxiety attacks, cry over the way certain clothes felt, have to do things in even numbers, etc. all at a very early age. Although maybe it’s because I noticed it more being the person experiencing it, I don’t know. Anyone else feel like their symptoms should have been picked up on much earlier?

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    • healthissues

      616d

      ME TOO!!! I feel so cheated sometimes...

    • healthissues

      616d

      ME TOO!!! I feel so cheated sometimes...

    • Nikki03

      617d

      Yes I think my OCD and anxiety should have been picked up on way before. My earliest childhood memories are of OCD. I tried talking to my mom but she just brushed it off

    • gabbievee

      617d

      i feel the same way about all of this. my earliest childhood memories involve my ocd. i would try to talk to my parents about things but they never took me seriously, and eventually i just started thinking the way i behaved was normal. in these past few years i’ve finally received my official diagnosis and started being more open about my ocd to my parents. i’ve been explaining certain behaviors of mine, things like that. my mom recently told me that she wished i had tried to talk to her about this when i was younger. i was really hurt because i had, but she (and especially my dad) didn’t take it seriously at all. i just told her that i hadn’t realized it was ocd and thought i was normal, which i guess is true in some ways. but… man. :(

    • eddie.luvs.u

      624d

      My OCD symptoms were definitely something that should've been picked up earlier lol. Ever since I learned to count, I was obsessed with the number 6, had to do everything in multiples of sixes, even chewing. And everything had to be "even" in my body. If I bumped my hand I had to bump the other one in the exact same way in the exact same place with the exact same force, and if I didn't get it right the first time it would start a long loop of trying to even out every feeling. Did it with everything, things I stepped on, the feeling of chewing my food, even things as little as wiping my face. Still do it sometimes now, although it's gotten better. So many other things too lol

      • saradactyl

        622d

        @eddie.luvs.u I swear you just described me exactly. The numbers (mine are 4 and 12) and the even bodily sensations are big things for me as well. When I first found out it wasn’t something everyone did I was shocked haha

      • wasplord

        624d

        @eddie.luvs.u I have the exact same issue with body symmetry! I tried telling my parents about the symmetry issues and they didn't understand so I never told anyone about it ever again and quietly fed the monster for 20 years before finally telling my new therapist and getting diagnosed. I was always disorganized as a kid and my mom would joke "you definitely don't have OCD" (because that's the only kind of OCD that exists, obviously /s) and so it just never crossed my mind. My body is subconsciously adjusting and tapping and rubbing literally every second of every day trying to feel even and it's so ingrained at this point that I can't even start to undo it

        • saradactyl

          622d

          @wasplord same here. My room is almost always messy and while I do like some of my things organized in a specific way, it’s usually not a big deal for me. I always thought that meant I didn’t have ocd and that I was just “weird”. Nice to have the validation and the ability to seek specific treatment now. Hopefully we can both get to points where we can live a little more freely from the feeling :)

    • NatashaAshley

      624d

      I'm still struggling w ADD symptoms that were brushed off thru childhood

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