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Old March 4th, 2010, 05:07 PM   #1
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Question Just a question.

I just have a question about OCD. Is it possible for you to have it but not have your...symptoms, i guess they are all involving the same area?

For instance, when I walk up or down steps, I have to start and end with my left foot. I will skip a step or take the steps again if I have to. But then I do things like obsessively tap the screen of my cell phone in the top left corner with my left hand. And yesterday I threw a piece of trash into the "wrong" part of the trash can and I had to hunt down more trash twice so I could get it in the "right" area before I could leave.

I have all kinds of random little quirks like that, (although I have never actually been diagnosed with OCD) and I was just wondering if OCD could work like that.
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Old March 4th, 2010, 05:17 PM   #2
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Those are possible symptoms.

Symptoms usually are repetitiveness. Having to do things more than once.

Another one is also having to do things a certain way like you mentioned.

You could have those symptoms and not necessarily have OCD.

If you still have problems, you need to talk to a psychologist. I can't diagnose you myself.
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Old March 4th, 2010, 05:23 PM   #3
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Alright I was just curious about if it was possible. I understand that only a professional can make a diagnosis.
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Old March 4th, 2010, 05:39 PM   #4
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For OCD, there are obsessions and compulsions. The compulsions are obviously the behaviors done, such as the repetitions, which may be what you're showing. There also are the obsessions, which are the mental driving forces for why you have to continue doing the activity and if you don't, something awful will happen to you or someone else. These are unwanted by the person so you don't find people often with OCD who do the behaviors but have little anxiety about not doing them, such as washing hands each time you touch an object. In this case, if the person is "germaphobic", then it is likely to be OCD but if they have an immunosuppressive disorder, they may simply be cautious. So you need to see if you have the obsessions and the best way is via a doctor.

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Old March 4th, 2010, 05:49 PM   #5
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Ohhh that makes sense. Thanks. (:
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Old March 7th, 2010, 10:31 AM   #6
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There are actually two types of OCD, not just obsessions & compulsions, but also Pure O, where it's just the obsessions.

It's possible these are symptoms of OCD, but you'd need to see a professional about it, we can't say if it is or isn't OCD.

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