Are you obsessive compulsive?

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    May 22, 2009 4:19 AM GMT
    I was wondering if this personality trait is actually a disorder?

    It's listed as one of the more mental things that effect quality of life.

    I mean do you have to have everything in order before you can go out?

    Maybe we all have some of this. I do like a clean house....but it's not perfect!

    So what's your case? Are you crazy about order or just insane...?
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    May 22, 2009 6:40 AM GMT
    I'm not O/C, but I'm not a slob either. I do like a clean living space, a place for everything and everything in its place. Especially the Kitchen and bathroom. I have roommates that don't see it that way hence looking for my own place.
  • InsatiableBlo...

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    May 22, 2009 7:02 AM GMT
    I cant study if the room I'm in isnt neat and orderly.
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    May 22, 2009 7:32 AM GMT
    My answer: WAY!
  • michaeltex

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    May 22, 2009 7:58 AM GMT
    I have a slight case of OCD... It seems all natural to me...But to someone else Im sure it's a bit crazy...
  • dmt5276

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    May 22, 2009 11:35 PM GMT
    I was diagnosed with OCD 11 years ago when I was a senior in college. I have been on anti-depressants ever since.

    Many people have some form of OCD by excessive checking or some rituals they have. If the OCD starts effecting your life in a negative way, that is when you need to get professional help. The meds have helped me a lot, but every now and then I get really stressed out and the OCD will kick back in.

    My issue is mostly with obsessive thoughts, like I think about something over and over and cannot get that though (usually something like I have some fatal disease or something) and then I cannot do anything, sleep or work without constantly thinking about it.

    I am on Cymbalta now, was on Paxil.
  • jrs1

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    May 23, 2009 12:00 AM GMT

    I am not diagnosed as such, but I feel like I am far more concerned about organizational rituals than most. it can be a bummer at times. =[
  • Timbales

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    May 23, 2009 12:08 AM GMT
    I think most people can be obsessive/compulsive about something.
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    May 23, 2009 7:41 AM GMT
    Yes on the things I find important. And I couldn't care less for the things I find unimportant.
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 23, 2009 12:39 PM GMT
    I would say I was borderline when I was a little younger.... all had to be in order.. I mean my lawn perfect, my car washed and appropriate.. and me.

    These days I want to look good, but try and be reasonable.. and practical.
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    May 23, 2009 1:15 PM GMT
    Oh yeah! I've had OCD ever since I can remember. I mean, like, 4 or 5 years old. The rituals, the checking. . . it was kind of difficult to deal with when I was a little kid, because I had no idea what was going on. As I got older, I figured it out a little, and it got better. That is, a lot of it went away.

    But not all of it. I still deal with OCD, to some degree, to this very day. But it's a minor part of my life now, and doesn't come up all that much.

    Even as a kid, when I had it bad, no one ever noticed, and certainly nobody would ever guess I have it today.

    A few years back, I was watching the news with a buddy of mine and a report came on about OCD. I decided to see what kind of reaction I'd get, so I told my friend, "I've got that!"

    But OCD is such an unusual thing, he just couldn't wrap his head around it (even though he's a very bright guy). So he said it was the dumbest, stupidest thing he'd ever heard of.

    He did this in a funny way, not a mean way, so as I tried to explain OCD to him I started laughing, he was being just so deliberately obtuse. . . and I just didn't get anywhere with him so I gave up.



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    May 23, 2009 4:06 PM GMT
    this mental disorder is not about only tidyness and cleanness. another form of this disorder is cant throwing away old useless things.
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    May 24, 2009 12:48 AM GMT
    turk saidthis mental disorder is not about only tidyness and cleanness. another form of this disorder is cant throwing away old useless things.


    I have understood that a person who suffers fron OCD....has everything in order like a clean home...they just can't leave. Maybe it has more faces to it than we understand.
  • swimbikerun

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    May 24, 2009 1:12 AM GMT
    It was made clear to me today that being OCD can interfere with one's enjoyment of life...
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    May 24, 2009 1:17 AM GMT
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    May 24, 2009 1:35 AM GMT
    I think we all have a case of OCD but i don't think it's as much a disorder. When i was younger i never the way i am. It kinda got beat into me when i was growing up to make sure everything was clean. Also that everything is in it's place so that no one knew u touched it lol. It kinda just stayed with me as i got older that it became the norm. So everything has to be clean and placed in a certain position and if it's moved then i know right away. My coworkers hate it cause my desk is the only one that's like in order but if they move the stapler or something it's not like it really bothers me, too muchicon_lol.gif
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    May 25, 2009 12:37 AM GMT
    LOL. I do not have this enough...

    (sigh)

    The only thing I do is check that I turned the gas burner off, as several times I´ve left it on all day icon_eek.gif
  • Timbales

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    May 25, 2009 12:41 AM GMT
    Nyflava saidI think we all have a case of OCD but i don't think it's as much a disorder. When i was younger i never the way i am. It kinda got beat into me when i was growing up to make sure everything was clean. Also that everything is in it's place so that no one knew u touched it lol. It kinda just stayed with me as i got older that it became the norm. So everything has to be clean and placed in a certain position and if it's moved then i know right away. My coworkers hate it cause my desk is the only one that's like in order but if they move the stapler or something it's not like it really bothers me, too muchicon_lol.gif


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    May 25, 2009 1:55 AM GMT
    Timberoo said
    Nyflava saidI think we all have a case of OCD but i don't think it's as much a disorder. When i was younger i never the way i am. It kinda got beat into me when i was growing up to make sure everything was clean. Also that everything is in it's place so that no one knew u touched it lol. It kinda just stayed with me as i got older that it became the norm. So everything has to be clean and placed in a certain position and if it's moved then i know right away. My coworkers hate it cause my desk is the only one that's like in order but if they move the stapler or something it's not like it really bothers me, too muchicon_lol.gif


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    Priceless.....

    I have to work out...I like to work hard....I am a freak about looking my best when I walk out the door....abs are not a must but a given.....cars are a symbol of who I am and what I want to be.....dust free living is a wish here in Arizona.....being naked all the time gets me caught some times.....My work is out side the realm of normal.......I can do almost anything....if I dive for pussy....please sterilize it.....Oh my gosh...I am a MESS?? or normal??
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    May 25, 2009 2:03 AM GMT
    Timberoo said
    Nyflava saidI think we all have a case of OCD but i don't think it's as much a disorder. When i was younger i never the way i am. It kinda got beat into me when i was growing up to make sure everything was clean. Also that everything is in it's place so that no one knew u touched it lol. It kinda just stayed with me as i got older that it became the norm. So everything has to be clean and placed in a certain position and if it's moved then i know right away. My coworkers hate it cause my desk is the only one that's like in order but if they move the stapler or something it's not like it really bothers me, too muchicon_lol.gif


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  • imperator

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    May 25, 2009 7:36 PM GMT
    Never been diagnosed but sometimes I think I have 'obsessive-compulsive tendencies.' When I'm laying my groceries out on the conveyor belt at the cash register, they *have* to be neatly arranged-- boxes have to be upright and lined up in parallel with the narrow sides facing forward so the belt's motion doesn't tip them over; if they aren't I just feel really uncomfortable. Even when I see other people's boxes fall over because they placed them with the wide side facing the direction of the belt's motion, I just want to correct them. It's bizarre, even though I'm aware of it when I'm doing it. Cans and produce I'm a bit more lax about, but I have to have my boxes just right.

    Also, whenever I'm leaving home or work I have to stop at the door and double- (sometimes triple-) check that I have everything I mean to take with me-- wallet, keys, phone, etc-- because if I don't I'm paranoid that I'll forget something. But that might just be an adaptation to compensate for my lousy memory, because on the occasions that I don't run through my mental checklist I usually do forget something icon_confused.gif
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    Aug 04, 2009 12:37 PM GMT
    I think there are a lot of misconceptions about what obsessive compulsiveness is thanks to media and television.

    Though it can often times manifest itself in the form of needing a clean environment,

    there are so many ways it can develop that its not even funny.

    I am very mildly obsessive compulsive. Meaning that I'm not always dealing with it and when I am I become obsessed with patterns. Counting, walking in specifically proportioned intervals, obssesive worrying, and viewing things in a sense of sacredness and tainted. Tainted things I can't be bothered with when I'm sick whether its things or people.

    Some people's, however, is so bad that they won't touch anything. Or everything must be touched in a precise way.

    It is very much a disorder and is definitely debilitating. And should not be confused with being cleanly.

    Take your urges of having a clean home/ living space, and multiply that to the point that you can't exist should anything be altered. That it bothers you so much that it makes you angry and you literally have to make those things as you need them to be. Hence obsessive compulsive.

    Add into that rituals, patterns, anxiety. Yes it is very much a disorder for those who truly have it and do not mistake it for being clean and neat.

    I had a friend who had it so bad once that all he could was think about how many different ways he could die. He would worry about the ceiling coming down and killing us and just continue this scenarios for days in his head.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Aug 04, 2009 1:05 PM GMT
    jprichva saidOCD isn't necessarily characterized by being a neat freak.

    A true OCD has rituals, and odd ones: someone may have to walk seven times around his house before leaving, someone else may have to wash his hands thirty times a day. The rituals often (but not uniformly) involve cleanliness, but they can involve other things: counting the number of times you chew your food, reciting phrases before or during a particular task.

    If these things don't disrupt your life, they're just eccentricities.

    But the true OCD suffers constant disruption, due to how much time he may spend performing his rituals, and also social ostracism, since these things often seem very strange and off-putting to people he meets.


    I suffer from OCD as JP has described it. It's an anxiety disorder, and many people suffer from it. People who have OCD are not crazy or insane. So Mystic_Man, if you think you have OCD, you are not going crazy or insane. You just have to try and control it.

    Mike
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    Aug 31, 2009 2:08 PM GMT
    Mystic_Man said
    turk saidthis mental disorder is not about only tidyness and cleanness. another form of this disorder is cant throwing away old useless things.


    I have understood that a person who suffers fron OCD....has everything in order like a clean home...they just can't leave. Maybe it has more faces to it than we understand.


    There are many, many more faces to the disorder than most understand. It does not have to do with order or cleanliness. It is simply a disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce anxiety, by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing anxiety, or by combinations of such thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions). Obsessions can range from a fear of contracting a disease, to religious obsessions, to hoarding, to not being able to drive because you fear that you've run somebody over, to fear of walking on the cracks of a sidewalk. Sufferers know their fears are unfounded but cannot help it because of a chemical imbalance in the brain (biological).

    Therefore, simply wanting a very tidy room and cleaning it is not OCD because it causes no anxiety and produces no severe emotional and economic loss.

    Yes, this is truly a disorder, though many do not take it seriously because they mistake their own healthy worries with full blown Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Again, what separates OCD from orderly people is that an OCD sufferer's obsessions produce severe distress until (and often even after) the compulsion is performed.
  • jrs1

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    Sep 02, 2009 7:48 AM GMT

    I'm not OC, however, I am certainly anal. I'm not " my way or the highway, " but I take pride in myself and my surroundings. therefore, cleanliness and order are a must.