View Full Version : Is this OCD or or ocd and something more?

October 25th, 2008, 09:11 PM
Everytime i hear a problem or hang around someone with a accent or something i pick it up. and start talking like them without noting it until someone points it out.
I fidget alot. Like right now my leg is shaking and i cant stop it. And i am getting anxious typing this.
I pick at my skin alot. without knowing and have mouth twitchs.
I pick up habits of other people!.
And sometimes say things randomly that i didn't even know i was ganna say.
And sometimes I get pissed i noticed for almost nothing, like my book fell in the hall and i kicked down the stairs. :confused: i dont no what this is is there a name for this.
And I do get fixated on things alot, like bitting and fixing my sleeves so they r @ the half way point of my hands.

* I no I am nuts*
Help meh what is this.

IS this OCD or or OCD and more.

October 26th, 2008, 06:50 AM
This isn't OCD. OCD involves obsessive, intrusive thoughts and compulsive actions.

Picking up other people's habits can be a good thing if you do it with the positive habits they have. It can put people at ease. If it is just accents or ways of speaking then I don't think you have much to worry about in terms of your mental health.

Do you experience a lot of anxiety? I only ask because that could be the reason for your fidgetyness, skin picking and sleeve biting.

October 26th, 2008, 06:54 AM
Hmmmm, no it's not ocd. But I don't know what it can be? As the poster above said^^^ it could be some sort of social anxiety problem? I don't know.
Surely the best thing to do would be to see a doctor or other medical advice. That's the safest bet isn't it?

October 26th, 2008, 06:57 AM
I didn't say social anxiety. The OP doesn't show signs of that.

October 26th, 2008, 07:00 AM
Did I say social? Sorry, didn't mean that.
I couldn't think of the right word.
I still think it would be best to go to a doctor, it's much safer isn't it?

EDIT: Here's what a BBC Health article says about anxiety, published June 2000.

Psychiatrists divide anxiety into three main types: general anxiety, phobias and panic disorder. If there's a particularly difficult situation at work or at home, the stress that this creates can spill over into other areas of life - and create anxiety.

Similarly, a person who's experienced a very frightening situation may also carry the fear over to their everyday life. This is known as post-traumatic stress disorder. Though it's little comfort to the person experiencing it, they can at least identify the cause of the emotions they're experiencing.

In general, anxiety's emotional turmoil appears to have a life of its own. Some psychiatrists call this 'free-floating anxiety'.

Unlike phobia and panic, with general anxiety it's not always clear to the anxious person exactly what it is they feel so anxious about. They're just aware of feeling anxious all the time.

When there's no identifiable cause, the person often becomes anxious about feeling anxious all the time, and the problem starts to feed off itself.

People with generalised anxiety may find that they:

easily lose their patience
have difficulty concentrating
think constantly about the worst outcome
have difficulty sleeping
become depressed and/or
become preoccupied with, or obsessional about, one subject

These mental symptoms lead to, and are supported by, physical symptoms. These can include:

excessive thirst
stomach upsets
passing wind
loose bowel movements
frequent urinating
failure to respond to sexual stimulation
periods of intense pounding heart
periods of feeling winded
muscle aches
pins and needles
painful or no periods

The relationship of physical and mental symptoms can create a vicious cycle that can be triggered by a symptom at any point.

In panic, the cycle develops quickly to a crisis. With generalised anxiety, people often manage to keep things under control and the cycle grumbles on. The effort of keeping things under control is itself very stressful - and so adds fuel to the problem.

This is how some people come to feel anxious about their anxiety, making the problem even more intense.

How likely am I to have this?
Most people feel anxious at some time in their lives; however, about five per cent of people experience severe anxiety but rarely seek professional help.

How can I help myself?
The first step is to understand how anxiety works. Anxiety is a mixture of physical and mental symptoms. They are part of what psychologists call the 'fight or flight' response. When the body is under threat it automatically prepares either to defend itself or run.

To manage your anxiety you must first break the cycle. One way of doing this is to reduce the severity of physical symptoms by practising relaxation techniques.

There are two types of relaxation exercise: guided fantasy and muscle tension. It's best to try them both to find out which one suits you best.

Relaxation isn't an immediate fix for the problem. It's a skill that must be learned and (like all skills) is only acquired through practice.

Another strategy for breaking the physical symptoms of the vicious cycle is taking aerobic exercise. This is exercise that's low impact - not involving carrying heavy weights or sudden exertion - and acts mainly on the heart. Any gentle physical activity that leaves the heart slightly racing will help.

By effectively giving the heart exercise it will, like any other muscle, become stronger. A stronger heart will be less prone to the kind of pounding that can make the physical symptoms so unpleasant.

Exercise will also help to release some of the tension that builds up and can fuel the anxiety.

Caffeine is present in many soft drinks, not just tea and coffee. Try to cut out caffeine as much as possible, since it can set up its own vicious cycle. It can speed up the heart rate and make you pass more urine - both signs of general anxiety. It can also disrupt your sleep, another sign of anxiety. If you're tired you'll be less in control of your emotions and more likely to feel anxious. Trying to overcome tiredness by drinking more caffeine only makes the long-term problem worse.

Similarly, too much alcohol or nicotine can worsen the symptoms of anxiety, and disrupt sleep.

Say "no"
This can be the very best therapy. It's simply too easy to take on too much. You can find yourself in a situation where you have too many demands on your time. Often, no one thing is causing you anxiety, but as you try to fit more and more into your life you can become slightly anxious about each task.

This anxiety can build up, bringing you to breaking point. It's as bad to feel a little anxious about a lot of things as it is to feel very anxious about one big thing.

Monitor your mood
Sometimes it can be useful to think of your anxiety in the same way that a person with asthmat might think of their breathing. We all breathe - just as we all experience anxiety at some point. And as asthmatics will often check their breath capacity regularly, it can be useful to check your anxiety levels regularly.

You can do this by using the mood-monitoring technique, developing the skill of spotting problems before they become unmanageable.

Much of the self-help available is aimed at people who experience panic or phobias. The Royal College of Psychiatrists' online leaflets - including one on anxiety and phobias - has useful tips and can help to put the condition into some perspective.

There are also a number of companies providing self-help products, including books, workbooks, and audio and video tapes. Be careful: the quality of these is variable. Ideally, look for material produced by people with recognised professional qualifications.

Professional help
For some people, developing the self-management techniques described above can only be achieved through coaching with a professional. The first person to speak to about this is your family doctor, who may have a practice counsellor or an attached community psychiatric nurse (CPN).

Often people can manage their anxiety well if it can be initially reduced by medication. The main drugs used for this purpose - the benzodiazepines - are very effective, but also highly addictive. They should not be taken for more than a month at most.

The breathing space that this creates is often enough for a person to get to grips with the problem.

If the problem persists, then it may be necessary to be referred on to a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist.

The most commonly used psychotherapy for generalised anxiety is cognitive therapy. However, it may be necessary to look at the need for antidepressant medication, and possibly at the wider context of a person's relationships, self-esteem and their expectations.

October 26th, 2008, 05:24 PM
I dont bite my sleeves i have an urge 2 bit people and myself or things( I like think about it all the time). . .idk why I are nutts maybe. ..and if my sleeves arent at the halfway point of my hand i stetch it untill it is and if its not i go insane.
The picking @ skin I just do without noticing. . .the fidgeting i donno about. . .i just do it.(all the time =I )

November 7th, 2008, 07:17 PM
Ok. As I said before, this isn't OCD.
How well are you able to control some of these urges? How often do you experience them? How much do they effect your daily life?

May 16th, 2009, 07:01 PM
it sounds like acute anxiety disorder.
email me for questions.

May 17th, 2009, 04:31 AM
No one here can tell you what you do and do not have, so go and see a doctor regarding this as some things you've said can be considered OCD behavior.