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Owlstoe

278d

My new therapist says my OCD symptoms could actually be autism and anxiety, can someone tell me how these overlap? I can’t find any solid information online.

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    • human1

      274d

      I have always struggled with diagnosis because I too don't fit into a singlar "box". My doctors/professionals primarily treat me non diagnostic-ly (without a focus on diagnosis, just me as a person). I have found this very helpful, and now we only look at diagnoses to inform medication choices and for the official ticks in the boxes (e.g. benifits)

    • human1

      274d

      I have always struggled with diagnosis because I too don't fit into a singlar "box". My doctors/professionals primarily treat me non diagnostic-ly (without a focus on diagnosis, just me as a person). I have found this very helpful, and now we only look at diagnoses to inform medication choices and for the official ticks in the boxes (e.g. benifits)

    • Jewelsngems

      276d

      Could be Lyme or Babesia.

      • Owlstoe

        276d

        @Jewelsngems could you please explain why?

    • Luhn

      277d

      As others have said they are very highly correlated. Also ADHD & Autism. If you have one there is a high likelihood you have the other. I have social anxiety disorder and a lot of the symptoms are very much the same as an autistic who masks. For me, I kind of decided it didn't really matter too much to figure out which it was, because either way I needed to deal with the symptoms. I assume I have both though.

    • JeffreyShowler

      277d

      OCD - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, is in Fact a Form of Anxiety Disorder

      • Owlstoe

        277d

        @JeffreyShowler though you can have anxiety without it being OCD.

    • dizzydoowhereru

      278d

      I might have ASD, my therapist told me to look into it. But my OCD is anxiety and fear rooted so I am diagnosed with that. But I think sometimes it does overlap because there are rituals that I do that aren't about fear but more about them being soothing to me

      • Owlstoe

        277d

        @dizzydoowhereru this is really helpful, I feel like I have both fear rooted rituals as well as soothing based ones. But could I be wrong that a fear is really soothing? Or that it’s soothing from the thought of fear? For example I’m constantly counting everything I do because it feels good but I avoid the number five because I feel like it will cause harm to me or my loved ones if I “sit” with that number for too long.

    • Possum8910

      278d

      I'm actually in the same boat as you and would like to know more as well. I'm sorry I can't help with answers though.

      • Owlstoe

        278d

        @Possum8910 it’s nice to know I’m not alone honestly

        • Possum8910

          278d

          @Owlstoe 🫂 it helps as well. Like I hate that other are going through it but I'm grateful they understand. If there's anything I can do to help feel free to message.

    • mobilityaidbabe

      278d

      I was diagnosed with OCD as a kid and rediagnosed with ASD more recently. Both have compulsions that can cause emotional anguish if not completed and hyperfixations that take a lot of mental energy. It's *why* the ritual and fixations occur for each that is the main difference. ASD rituals are self-soothing routines and the fixations we experience are special interests we typically enjoy. OCD rituals are anxiety driven and performed to mitigate the affect of an obsessive fear-based fixation. The comorbidity rate is pretty high between the two, so having both is a possibility. Feel free to message me if you want to talk about it more ☺️ Also, I am not an expert and this is based mostly on my personal experience and research, so if anyone sees this who knows better, please correct me if you feel inclined.

      • Possum8910

        278d

        @mobilityaidbabe thank you, this helped me understand more.

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"OCD and Autism often mimic each other, it could be that you purely have autism which can cause rigidity, compulsions, and obsessive thinking. You may need someone new who specializes in autism and isn't stuck on the OCD diagnosis because treatment is different and can explain why you have failed medication and therapy. It is possible to just have OCD and maybe both but more often than not, if you have been diagnosed with autism, its going to be that which is causing the symptoms."

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