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abcdef July 27th, 2008 11:28 AM

Need some help
 
I just injured my foot recently and with financial issues, i can't really afford professional help but i really need some advice. I have a pretty extreme case of OCD but nobody understands what i go through on a daily basis except myself. I just did a checklist on some site that i found in a different topic and these were the results
OCD Symptom Report
Today's Date: 07/27/08


Name: :'(
Symptom: Feelings of revulsion about bodily waste and secretions
Symptom: Obsessions about one's body
Symptom: Abnormal concerns about sticky substances or residues
Symptom: Need to align objects just so
Symptom: Abnormal concerns about the neatness of one's personal appearance/environment
Symptom: Stashing away useless trash
Symptom: Fear of losing something or discarding something
Symptom: Sexual thoughts that one views as inappropriate/unacceptable
Symptom: Fear of molesting a child, despite no desire to do so
Symptom: Fears that one may be homosexual
Symptom: Repeating routine activities for no logical reason
Symptom: Repeating questions over and over
Symptom: Rewording or rewriting words or phrases
Symptom: Unfounded fears that one has failed to do some routine task
Symptom: Troublesome blasphemous or sacrilegious thoughts
Symptom: Excessive concerens about morality and right or wrong
Symptom: Fear of having caused some fatal tragedy
Symptom: Repeated intruding images of violence
Symptom: The fear of acting out a violent thought
Symptom: The irrational fear of having hurt someone
Symptom: Preoccupation with foods or food measurements
Symptom: Rituals involving food
Symptom: Irrational fears that some foods are bad or must be avoided
Symptom: Being overly concerned about one's weight
Symptom: Belief that certain numbers are lucky or unlucky
Symptom: Excessive, ritualized hand-washing, showering, bathing, or tooth-brushing
Symptom: The need for symmetry and total order in one's environment
Symptom: The need to keep doing something until one gets it just right
Symptom: Inspecting houshold trash in case some valuable item has been thrown out
Symptom: Accumulating useless objects
Symptom: Repeatedly checking to see if a door is locked or an appliance is turned off
Symptom: Checking to make certain one has not harmed someone
Symptom: Checking and rechecking for mistakes
Symptom: Checking associated with bodily obsessions
Symptom: Pathological slowness in carrying out even the most routine activities
Symptom: Blinking or staring rituals
Symptom: Asking over and over for reassurance
Symptom: Behaviors based on superstitious beliefs
Symptom: A feeling of dread if some arbitrary act is not performed
Symptom: The need to ask, tell or confess
Symptom: The need to touch, tap or rub certain objects repeatedly
Symptom: Counting compulsions
Symptom: Mental rituals
Symptom: Excessive list making
Comments: Very depressed and don't feel like there's a real reason to live.
I don't know what to do and i've just been paranoid and depressed my whole life.

Zan0ra July 27th, 2008 11:39 AM

Re: Need some help
 
That's a long list. Try listening to some music to try and take your mind of it. Things like "Need to align objects just so" and "Excessive list making" is something I do frequently. I call myself a neat-freak. Lets start at basic. Have you seen a therapist about your problems.? I dont know if this is possible but try not doing the activities that you do such as mental rituals or touch/tap/rub objects. Its hard the first time but if you try hard. You can make it. I have really no idea how to answer this completely but I have done my best. Good luck.

abcdef July 27th, 2008 11:51 AM

Re: Need some help
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Zan0ra (Post 332228)
That's a long list. Try listening to some music to try and take your mind of it. Things like "Need to align objects just so" and "Excessive list making" is something I do frequently. I call myself a neat-freak. Lets start at basic. Have you seen a therapist about your problems.? I dont know if this is possible but try not doing the activities that you do such as mental rituals or touch/tap/rub objects. Its hard the first time but if you try hard. You can make it. I have really no idea how to answer this completely but I have done my best. Good luck.


I've been trying my best to stop my rituals, but it's so incredibly hard to stop... and whenever i cut back, something always seems to go wrong some way or another in my life and it drives me absolutely crazy so i find myself doing even more rituals than before

Zan0ra July 27th, 2008 12:29 PM

Re: Need some help
 
Hmm how about shortening them a bit? till there eventually gone?

IAMSAM July 27th, 2008 02:32 PM

Re: Need some help
 
I think ZanOra is right on target here. You can try to limit yourself, you can try to use your awareness of 'that' feeling that preceeds the behavior as a cue to find something else to do. But, if you have 'Real' OCD, then I'm afraid the only thing that will fix it is medication and therapy. That's b/c OCD is caused by a chemical issue in the brain, you cannot 'will' yourself out of it. It's like the diabetic 'willing' themself out of low/high blood sugar. Only regular insulin injections and careful diet can do that.


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