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stormysundays

265d

i am questioning whether or not i have ocd. i have been diagnosed for a year or so after my symptoms were increased after going on adderall (bad idea lol). my symptoms: - have a specific self care ritual, obsessed with cleanliness. have to wear gloves some days to cope or shower more than once - have to do things in sets of threes to calm my intrusive thoughts (relocking the car, locking door, etc). sometimes i have to do it over and over again but it's always in a group of three - intrusive thoughts that are very distressing - a few others i can't recall at the moment also, my mom said i was obsessed with organization as a child or else i would get super upset. no idea how relevant this is i know this all sounds textbook to an extent but for whatever reason i have no idea. my current psychiatrist thinks i do but says that it can also be contributed to some sort of mania since i am also bipolar.

    • Bipolarsmind

      265d

      I am bipolar, OCD and ADHD and I have compulsion obsessions . I am at my friends house right now bc my husband is cleaning bc I became overwhelmed. I like it tidy but am the queen of several junk drawers. I have very distressing intrusive thinking/fears. Luvox helps me compared to how it use to be. I also take Pristiq and Saphris ( which is for mania). I am going through some physical health problems and it’s making me worry. Another obsession. Hang in there. Duel diagnosed is always hard.

      • stormysundays

        265d

        @Bipolarsmind thank you! i feel similarly about cleaning, actually. i get anxious rather easily. i have several things that are "untidy" but they have to be organized in a certain way. i used to take pristiq and it worked quite nicely for me so i may try that again as well. thank you for your response, it made me feel less alone

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Based on the shared experiences of individuals with OCD, your symptoms align with some common behaviors associated with the disorder. These include specific rituals (like doing things in sets of threes), intrusive thoughts, and an obsession with cleanliness and organization. However, it's important to note that only a qualified healthcare professional can provide a definitive diagnosis. Your psychiatrist's opinion that these behaviors could also be attributed to mania due to bipolar disorder highlights the complexity of mental health diagnoses.

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