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Old April 9th, 2007, 07:21 AM  
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Default Re: Checklist of Common OCD Symptoms

Symptom: Unfounded fears of contracting a dreadful illness
Symptom: Excessive concerns about dirt, germs, contaminants
Symptom: Feelings of revulsion about bodily waste and secretions
Symptom: Obsessions about one's body
Symptom: Abnormal concerns about sticky substances or residues
Symptom: Fear of losing something or discarding something
Symptom: Sexual thoughts that one views as inappropriate/unacceptable
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: 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: Excessive, ritualized hand-washing, showering, bathing, or tooth-brushing
Symptom: The feeling that household items are contaminated
Symptom: Checking and rechecking for mistakes
Symptom: Checking associated with bodily obsessions
Symptom: Pathological slowness in carrying out even the most routine activities
Symptom: Asking over and over for reassurance

I have these symptoms but i'm getting better at coping with them after being in a psychiatric ward. But it did get to the extent that i didn't leave the house for a year because of these things. Except to go to psychiatry appointments, doctor appointments and court cases(all of which would lead to major panic attacks. and constant trips to the bathroom in fear of catching some kind of disease from the chairs i had to sit on)
I also remember i'd write down everything i'd eat at the time it was eaten and wait hours until i felt that it was "safe" to assume i wasn't going to die, so i wouldn't let myself leave the house after eating)
i also had my "safe" foods, potatoes, bread and water. except after a while i stopped trusting bread because i was concerned that there may be something wrong with the crusts and i had a few episodes were i'd be crying because my potato didn't taste "right".

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