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XamyX January 5th, 2009 11:12 AM

Am i mad or is this normal!!
Now im not sure if i do suffer a OCD, but would like some advice and someones elses point of view on it. I have this think were i cant have anything on a od number, not the tele, a sterieo. If it is a freak out and get very anxious and cant stop myself from changing it. I know this sounds silly but its driving me insane, and everyone around me, pleas help

Its much appreciated

Requin January 5th, 2009 11:18 AM

Re: Am i mad or is this normal!!
I'm not very good at OCD, but here's what the bupa website says about OCD.
Normally OCD is when you hate dirt and have to constantly wash your hands etc. This isn't the only symptom as it says below, but I believe it's the most common one.
Certainly you have an obsession with arrangement of numbers. I personally don't think it's OCD, it sounds like something else. Or at least I don't think any doctors would put you down as having OCD. But then again, I'm not a doctor, I'm an open minded guy with a wierd imagination.



OCD symptoms vary from mild to severe. They include obsessions (thoughts or feelings) that cause distress, anxiety caused by this distress, and compulsions (actions) which aim to stop or cancel out the thoughts or feelings causing distress.

Obsessions can include:
  • thinking or feeling objects are dirty or are contaminated
  • doubts about doors being left unlocked and appliances being left switched on
  • concern over causing harm to others
  • unpleasant intrusive thoughts or images, especially about aggression or sex
  • an intense fear of making mistakes or behaving inappropriately, which can lead to indecision about simple things
  • pre-occupation with the ordering and arrangement of objects
  • repeating words or numbers in a specific way
You may have more than one obsession and/or compulsion.


You may carry out compulsive behaviours to counteract the anxiety caused by your obsessions.

Compulsions can include:
  • repeating behaviour ritually - such as hand washing, touching, counting and arranging objects, or doing an activity in a certain way
  • checking things so they are safe, such as electrical appliances, your body or your journey to work
  • thinking about other things to try to "neutralise" or prevent the original thought from coming into your mind
  • repeatedly making sure dangerous objects (such as knives) are put away or avoiding the kitchen so you are not near any dangerous objects
  • hoarding of possessions, even those you may not need or are beyond repair
  • asking others for reassurance or avoiding taking responsibility for tasks
Compulsions can just be in the mind, such as counting in your head or thinking through the words of a song or prayer over and over again.

Compulsions are usually related to the type of obsession you are experiencing. For example, repeated hand washing may follow from obsessions about dirt or contamination.
You may feel that something terrible will happen if you don't carry out your compulsions. Performing the compulsion may make you feel better in the short-term but this feeling doesn't last.

If this is still bothering you and Addi or Sam can't come up with an answer..which I doubt. :-)
You can visit your GP and see what they think you may or may not have.

IAMSAM January 5th, 2009 02:50 PM

Re: Am i mad or is this normal!!
LOL @ Joe, thanks for pressure, man!

I think you need more than one symptom to have a full blown clinical disorder, so based on your self report here what you've got is more likely just an idiosychrasy (one of those unique oddities of thought or behavior).

You might try to understand where this comes from, and what purpose it serves for you. Then, you might try to 'force' yourself to not do them, and see what happens (which will be nothing, of course).

A lot of people do a lot of very *weird* things not so much b/c they've got OCD, but b/c they get into this habit of behaving in certain ways for certain reasons. Then, the behavior sorta morphs into this superstitious need, there's a real anxiety about what might happen if the behavior isn't done. The superstitious part is that you do it, and of course whatever tragedy you're afraid of, doesnlt happen. However, it doesn't happen NOT so much b/c of the odd behavioral ritual, but b/c it has nothing at all to do with it in the first place. They just become paired in your mind.

So, what you need is a reality check to break that irrational bond b'twn ritual and fear. By 'forcing ' yourself to NOT do the ritual, you gradually see that nothing bad happens, and the anxiety eventually goes away, too. And with it, the need to engage in the ritual.

Requin January 5th, 2009 02:53 PM

Re: Am i mad or is this normal!!
^^^See. :-)

As I said, you need more than one symptom to have OCD, and I very much doubt a doctor would diagnose you as having that disorder.

XamyX January 6th, 2009 05:48 AM

Re: Am i mad or is this normal!!
Thank you guys, this has kinda helped

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