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Butterflame

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Just need to vent/get reassurance/advice Several people in our lives brought up the idea of us having OCD because we're a bit picky with germs and organize stuff in a certain way, but we always brushed that off because it was never really intrusive in our lives and we've always seen people say there's more to OCD, so it never really occurred to us. But we've been talking with our therapist lately, a new one, and he noted that a lot of stuff we do (clicking the light three times before we go to bed, double-checking the back door is locked multiple times, having to press buttons of all sorts multiple times before it feels "right" (that's the most annoying one)) and feeling SUPER distressed if we don't sounds like OCD, and now I'm kinda thrown. Because it's gotten so bad I haven't been able to sleep because I couldn't properly finish my bedtime ritual before (because there are a LOT of buttons involved in that) but also the distressed feelings aren't like we believe something bad is going to happen, it just feels AWFUL and we CANNOT IGNORE IT. There's also been the idea of a type of tic disorder having been brought up beside/instead of OCD, which I've looked into in the past but never seriously, so idk. I feel like if there IS a disorder behind it then everything will suck forever between the anxious thoughts (very VERY unwanted thoughts about doing stuff I would never want to do and VERY difficult to get rid of ;-;) and the repeated habits (particularly the button clicking) making stuff awful and the day very hard to get through. And I feel like I'm just overreacting and it can't possibly be these disorders (even though my therapist was the one that brought it up) because they're not that simple and I'm just being a stupid ignorant person who wants to show off or whatever even though my life has been hell since it started getting worse. Just a vent, and if anyone has advice/reassurance I'd be happy to hear it. I'm not trying to be rude or invasive on OCD or tic disorders or anything, I just needed some venting. (Also sorry if I shouldn't be putting this in the OCD thing, I'm not sure).

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    • Sunshineseeker90

      324d

      I have OCD. Having not been around you I can't say for certain. But definitely sounds like OCD. You can also look up the difference between OCPD (personality disorser) and OCD. People with the personality disorder are less distressed by their rituals and don't feel the need to necessarily change them.

    • Sunshineseeker90

      324d

      I have OCD. Having not been around you I can't say for certain. But definitely sounds like OCD. You can also look up the difference between OCPD (personality disorser) and OCD. People with the personality disorder are less distressed by their rituals and don't feel the need to necessarily change them.

    • Babyfrog2234

      324d

      I have OCD. I completely understand the rituals and daily intrusive thoughts. Some of my quirks as my family calls it is having the same shower routine every day, volume has to end in 5 or zero on the TV if not my mind won't let me stop thinking about it. Stairs.. ugh. I have to count them every time I go up and down. If I mess up or don't count a number ending in 5 or 0 my mind tells me something bad will happen. If I'm talking and a word doesn't come out right I have to repeat it out loud 5 times. Sometimes my ocd will make me walk circles around something like a table or chair endlessly like a stuck carousel. I get dressed the same way every day. If not I have to undress and do it all over again. I have to do things every day the same way or I can't function. OCD sucks. It has taken over my life. And I've developed an eating disorder because of mine as well. OCD is so hard to live with.

    • illbumblebee

      325d

      I understand not wanting it to be OCD but a diagnosis of OCD doesn't mean you'll feel like this forever - the opposite in fact! Once you know the problem you can get the right solutions. It does sound like OCD to me. I have OCD which as a teenager was really bad and caused me a lot of distress, I was terrified it would never get better, but it did, now my symptoms are so mild that they usually don't effect me apart from a mild annoyance (or occasionally on a really bad day it'll become distressing but that's very rare) I know it's scary but acknowledging it is the first step towards getting better ❤️

    • MisterShadow

      325d

      It's textbook OCD,been dealing with it in its severest form my entire life, it definitely ruins a good night's sleep/life in general....... . mine started at a really young age with extreme perfectionism in all aspects of life,and generally got worse until it peaked at around 21 when i literally snapped/lost it.... i take meds now,which manage the doom of not being perfect,but it never truly goes away unfortunately. my advice is seek out medication,with long term therapy,it is a life changing experience.

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Based on the experiences shared by others, it seems that your symptoms align with those of OCD. People have described having to do things in certain orders or repeating actions until they feel "right", such as turning off a light switch multiple times or checking if a door is locked repeatedly. Others have mentioned experiencing distressing intrusive thoughts and feeling physically uncomfortable when they can't complete their routines or rituals. It's also noted that OCD can manifest in different ways for different people, and it's not just about being a perfectionist or excessively neat. However, only a professional can provide a definitive diagnosis.

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