do YOU ever...............

Australia
March 10, 2007 12:58am CST
feel like you have OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) ? i do sometimes... i think i may have a mild case of it when it comes to particular things... ive gotten over most of them... for example... 1. when i was little i used to NEVER step on the lines or cracks in the pathway... but i guess most children went through that.. DID YOU ? 2. then i went through this "symmetrical" thing... where whenever i did something with my right side i had to do it with my left. for example if i scratched my right leg, i would scratch my left leg in the same spot even if it wasnt itchy. 3. then i went through a phase of being REALLY clean... i always wanted to wash my hands after each thing i did that i thought was dirty... that stil continues til today but its not as much... i think its just with the normal 'dirty' things now lol.. 4. if i see bubble wrap.. i HAVE to pop it !! i just LOVE the feel and sound of it.. its so addictive lol... HOW ABOUT YOU ? have you ever experienced anything like this ?
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@bluewings (3857)
10 Mar 07
I don't have an OCD ,but at times I could be superstitious.For example I love cricket and when our team is playing in a close match and the game has a chance of going either way ,then I react just like you mentioned in the 2nd point.If I move to a square towards the left,I'd move one to the right as soon as I realise,lol.Again,if a batsman from our team hits a sixer or four ,then I don't move from my place even if someone calls me ,lol.
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• Australia
10 Mar 07
cool thats an interesting one... do you win when u do this ?
• Australia
10 Mar 07
btw i forgot to say thanks for the response ! =P
@bluewings (3857)
10 Mar 07
Well, not always,but atleast I get the satisfaction that they didn't lose the game for me,if they do.And I don't even know if my satisfaction is for the right reason :)
@uu4h708 (638)
• Philippines
10 Mar 07
OCD is a condition that can be compared to someone who is a perfectionist, in scientific explanation, it is characterized by recurrent unwanted thoughts (or being obsessed with something like washing hands and popping bubble wraps,, i also like popping that!!) and/OR repetitive behaviors like handwashing again.. and counting again and again... .. now the best to know if you have OCD is if you treat these "rituals" as an important part of your life.. i.e, you cant sleep without washing your hands or cleaning .. without counting how many hair you have etc.... and also if after your rituals... your anxieties are lessened... but... again a BIG BUT .. with the examples youve mentioned, i dont think you have OCD.. coz a lot of people also does the same thing you're doing.. me myself also do example 1 and 4... but the difference between us and those who really have OCD is that those rituals debilate them or it affects their way of living... and also they think that if they dont do those rituals, someone might get hurt or something... =) have any more bubble wraps?? POP!!
• Australia
10 Mar 07
ohhhh i see. i understand now. thanks for the insightful response ! =D
@Modestah (11188)
• United States
10 Mar 07
you are so funny, especially about the bubble wrap - you just may be a bit obsessive about it, huh? I can relate to a few of the things you mentioned. My husband has it a bit worse than me, he can not pass a deck of cards without counting them, putting them in order according to suit and rank - and he will do this over and over again to make sure he got it right the previous times. It is horrible playing cards games with the guy. lol.
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• Australia
10 Mar 07
awww... i'd hate to see him at a casino or something then... cos he'd probably grab the pack of cards of the dealer and check if they're in order too ! =P
@webeishere (36351)
• United States
10 Mar 07
Actually I feel what you describe is just human nature. I'd guess to say you'll get a huge majority of responses saying they did almost everything you stated. I have. But then I've posted a discussion of my impulsive/compulsive traits. I think what you described isn't either of those. The washing hands etc could be considered compulsive. Thanks for a good discussion. Can't wait to see responses to this one. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!
• United States
11 Mar 07
I know what you mean and sometimes I feel like I am a little OCD. I always check locks more than once especially when I lock my car. And if I think that I've left my lights on or my window down when it rains I will drop everything even though I know I probably didn't to go check to see if my lights are off or my windows up. I also like to organize things especially at work and I am obsessed with keeping my space completely clean. There a lot more examples but these are my most extreme.
@duskee (8)
• United States
11 Mar 07
I was told by my optometrist that I have OCD. That's a long story, but I guess the most obsessive thing I do is whatever is wrong on one side of my body, I have to do the same to the other. (Stubbing toes, clipping hang nails, bumping body parts, etc.) If I don't do it to the other side, I feel uneven and cannot (absolutely cannot) stand it. It makes me crazy. Today, I actually did something to my leg that I was not willing to repeat to the other side and it has driven me crazy all day long! I ran into a wheelchair footpedal with my shinbone. I thought I was gonna die because it hurt so bad. But I couldn't do it to the other leg or I wouldn't have been able to walk. And now I wish I would have. I feel so uneven I can't stand it. It's all I can do not to go find something comparable to bump it into. The other obsessive thing that I do is with my son's board games. If we play a game, every single piece has to go back in the box as organized as possible. I count pieces of everything. If there is one single piece missing, I make him throw the game away. I cannot handle knowing there is a game in the game closet with a piece missing. How stupid is that? Especially if it is a piece of Monopoly money.
@coolcatzz (1587)
• Canada
11 Mar 07
Well I have OCD but have it under control now and for some time. I don't agree with all your points. I only think 2 and 3 would be classed as OCD symptoms. Washing your hands is one of the key ones. I did it all the time. In really hot hot water. Nobody could believe how hot I could take it. My hands were so dry and chapped. I use to check things. Like I'd walk away from the stove having turned it off and I know somewhere inside of me that I turned it off but I have to go back and check a few different times. Counting and list making is another one. I was the Queen of list making. Just double, triple, checking things like clocks, locks, stoves, etc..... I use to leave the house and go back to check on my curling iron even though I really did know it was off the more powerful side of my mind made me go and check. It is something that can be controlled with medicine if it is really interfering in your life and making it hard to cope.
11 Mar 07
I definately have OCD. When i was littile I used to measure the ends of my sleeves to make sure they were the same length by putting my hands together, very odd!! I would get really upset if one of my shoes had more creases on the front than the other. I would also change my clothes about three times a day!! Now I am older, I have obsessions. First it was Limewire, I think I have downloaded everything, then Ebay, I went through selling clothes and now Mylot. Even now, when I have studying to do I will still come on here. I go through phases of being obsessive then I break it, then move onto something else. I am wondering what will come after mylot!!
• United States
11 Mar 07
Certain things I do are kind of OCD. I use multiple spell checkers to correct my schoolwork. When I get nervous, sometimes I fall into repetitive behavior.
@ally555 (117)
• United States
11 Mar 07
Oh definetely, when I was younger and would put on make up I would make sure I counted how many strokes of blush or eye shadow I put on each eye or each side of my cheeks to make sure they were even. I did grow out of that. I won't go out without make up on or until my hair is done and it all has to be done a certain way. My daughter really does have ocd and goes to thearapy for it, wonder whom she got it from (scratches head)? I think a lot of people have it and don't even realize it. Also like you I wash my hands everytime I think I've touched something dirty. I alway's carry those little hand sanitizers around in my purse to prevent getting germs. So yeah I've experienced what you have, you are not alone.
@zaccheo (74)
• Philippines
10 Mar 07
Sometimes i feel like that too, but i also partly blame it in my one-track mindedness. if i really wanna do something, i do it like crazy. and wont stop until its finished. or when i fail to drink a tea or orange juice in a day, i would get uneasy, lol. then there are times that if i wont do something that i really plan to do that day, i would sulk and would have the difficulty doing other things because i missed that one out. and yeah, i also agree on the bubble wrap. i cant stop doing it,
@koikoikoi (1247)
• United States
10 Mar 07
Well my little brother use to wash his hands for no particular reason. As for me at 15 I still gotta pop my bubble wrap. I think almost everyone does that. It just like a reaction, you feel me? You don't think about it. Like finding money, you just grab it and that's that.
@wsue1023 (1396)
• United States
10 Mar 07
I think my 5 year old son has it. He walks around touching things with one hand then the other. If he misses with the second hand he has to back up and do it again. If he forgets to hold the handrail coming down the stairs, he'll stop halfway down and go all the way to the top and do it again the right way. He also repeats everything he says in a whisper. Hope this is temporary!
@Rahulsan (83)
• India
10 Mar 07
It is true as our body depends on the way we think and some of us think in a very organised way we tend to do things that other people may find odd but this oddnes is what makes us all unique. It really is nothing to feel bad about. It is actually a very good list of things. My dad is the same.
@kavi112 (232)
• India
10 Mar 07
yes thats normalll... i also do that when i small. sometimes even now at night i might have locked thye door properly but i always feel i had not..and tend to go n check
@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
10 Mar 07
My daughter has OCD and it is a dibilitating disorder that interfers with her life. If you think you have OCD and it is a problem then you should go to your Primary Physician for a referral to a professional before it gets worse. It is a very serious condition and many people do not understand it. Check in the internet for additional information on OCD as there are many sites that explain the condition.
• Philippines
10 Mar 07
I do too! I've actually taken a few tests that revealed that I am slightly OC. And yes, I went through a stage where I loved popping the bubble wrap. Well actually, until now I still get the urge to pop them one by one. Here's my list: 1. All my files in my computer are arranged and organized by type. I get irritated when one file mysteriously finds itself in a folder that it shouldn't be in. 2. I only use a yellow marker for highlighting important sentences in my readings for class. I use a certain brand and one color only. 3. I only use black pens. I never seem to like using other colored-pens for writing. That's all I could remember now. I'll add more if I remember. :)