SRS Beating OCDs.......help please

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  1. McCroskey

    McCroskey Jonny, what can you make out of this? OT Supporter

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    I have always had some form of OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)...when
    I was little it was locking doors and washing my hands.

    Now that I'm older I still am paranoid about checking the garage door, but
    that's mostly because what's in the garage is fairly valuable :)

    But the real problem is that when I drive I keep asking myself "did I just hit
    something?" and it gets really bad in parking lots or say in a case where I
    have to pass close to another car (close being a few feet).

    For instance....today on the bike a car in front of me was stuck waiting to
    turn into a parking lot and I swung around it and went on my way. As
    soon as I got passed it I thought "did I hit that Tahoe?" This on a
    bike...where you would think it would be pretty damned obvious. Even as I
    decided to pass the Tahoe I told myself to give it more time to move a
    little further forward and increase the amount of room that I had....it
    wasn't like I passed it going 102mph or anything.

    On the way home it bugged me to the point that when I got home I
    actually got my bike close enough to the wall of my garage to barely touch
    the mirror....just to see how close it would have to be (and it is very close)
    but still I worry.,....even though the example made it clear that I most
    likely didn't hit it.

    In my car it's just as annoying, but I find the fact that I worry while I'm on
    my bike the most irritating/amusing and indicative of how the problem has
    progressed. Another example of how this is for me....when I drive the car
    at least half the time I'll walk around the car looking for signs of damage, or
    if it's drity I'll look for clean spots where maybe something hti it and cleared
    the dust off.....

    I'm sick of this shit...ideas????
     
  2. Toasty

    Toasty Naked people have little or no influence on societ

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    Somehow I think what you have there is not so much OCD as it is materialism :) If I had nice stuff I'd be walking all around it several times a day too.
     
  3. McCroskey

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    Heh...true I am protective of my stuff.....

    But I've had this problem even in my old POS car...hell I've even asked myself
    "did I hit somebody?" on my damn mountain bike. :run:
     
  4. Tori1989

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    Have you ever been treated for your OCD? I'd just recommend going to see a Doctor, as i'm sure that he/she could help.
     
  5. McCroskey

    McCroskey Jonny, what can you make out of this? OT Supporter

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    The doc was aware of the problem but was more concerned with other more
    pressing matters that weren't really related. After those were fixed the OCDs
    sort of faded off but are making a big return.

    I need to go see my regular doc about a shopping list of minor stuff I need to
    get fixed, I'll just add that to the list.
     
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    go to the doc
     
  8. PuppyCat

    PuppyCat O.T. Mom

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    Stop it Toasty...I can't remember when I've laughed so friggin hard...what a riot.:rofl:

    Good answer.:bowdown:
     
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    PuppyCat O.T. Mom

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    Actually, OCD isn't funny. I have a friend who suffered from it...she was into checking things endlessly. If I recall correctly, she used to put an elastic band around her wrist and snap it when she felt the OCD feeling coming on. Then she did Cognative Behaviour Therapy for quite some time, was on some sort of medication and today she is much improved. I don't remember her washing her hands, but I do remember her unplugging everything before she left the house, making sure all the taps were off, the stove was off (even if she hadn't used it that day), etc. I think it was worse when she was stressed. I never fully understood her disorder, and, at times, I would do the checking for her. I never got upset when we were half way to our destination and I had to turn the car around b/c she had thoughts of "What if I left my curling iron on?" I applauded her efforts to seek help and overcome and did what I could to make things easier for her. Today, she is the proud Mom of 3 kids, a mean cat and a goofy husband that adores her. She tells me when life gets a bit stressfull she almost gives in to the urge to start checking things again, but knows if she gives in the once, it will become a malicious circle again that is gosh darn hard to break out of. I suggest to you, if you find yourself OCDing, to seek a counselor who specializes in that type of disorder, get on some type of medication and see what happens. Livvy always told me, that you have to WANT to change your way of thinking. She did...you can too. My heart goes out to you, I have seen what you are going through first hand. Hugs.
     
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    There's medication for OCD. It's pretty hard to control through willpower alone.
     
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    I am certain that willpower has a lot to do with it...maybe it is the "boost" one needs. But, as the nebulous "they" say, therapy and bug juice help as well.
    I really can't discount "inner strength" or just frigging making up one's mind, if that makes any sense.


    YAL2
     
  12. civicmon

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    bullshit on the willpower... the compulsions are overpowering and uncontrollable, often causing embarassment, shame issues and even mental distress.

    I have ocd as well and prozac helped a lot... most SSRIs affect the areas that cause OCD symptoms.
     
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    I dunno, I sometimes think the mind can be a very powerful tool. I understand mental distress and often falter terribly, but, I do think a lot of the times we can make up our minds in order to set our behaviours and how we can set ourselves in a "even" place on the planet. I have gone through the tortures of the damned, dealt with really heavy issues and there are times when I get into crisis mode, enter the black hole, and think I am not going to get out, no matter how much I set my mind to it...it's as if my mind has a mind of its own and its own agenda. But, I have also learned that everyday is a new beginning and I focus on that and sometimes it works.

    I do not think people who have OCD/or issues like panic attacks, depression, agoraphobia, etc. should feel low or embarassed about their problems, it is the general public who should be ashamed of not being more aware. It pisses me off to no end when John or Jane Public hear the words prozac, SSRI, or OCD, or Agoraphobia and immediately think looney bin stuff or it is catchy or they are afraid. I am sick of it. As an idealist, I think about how wonderful it would be if everyone was more accepting of one another regardless of their issues and tried to understand. But, it's not an ideal world, people are stubborn and most of all, people are afraid and sit on their comfortable pew.

    You may very well think I am blowing sunshine out of my ass, but, as a person with issues, and who has suffered a very long time (over 25 years), above are the conclusions I have reached.

    We are all fragile and we all deserve the right to be understood.
     
  14. HoustnTransplnt

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    My 6 year old has OCD and other issues. Some of his odd things he does are that he goes to bed fully dressed, shoes and sock and backpack on. I have to remove them after he's asleep. Even after he bathes, he gets fully dressed, ready for the next day. This is a battle we don't fight anymore. (Saves money on pajamas!)
    He carries his "stuff" around in a laundry basket or walmart type bag and takes it everywhere. No one can touch it. (We compromise sometimes and he'll leave it in the car)
    Counts, he counts everything. The stairs when he comes down them, peas on his plate, crayons in the box, cars in the lot, etc.
    He is on medication to help him though and it does make a difference.
     

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