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Benefits of OCD?

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Why do you do it though? What compels you to? Do you think something bad is going to happen if you don't? Do you get anxious?
I have no idea. I’ve done it since I was a child for as long as I can remember .I remember my mum telling me when I was a child I had counted the number of spots that were on the bedroom curtains. Used to know how may gates and lamppost there were on my way to school. And the number has no significance whatsoever as I can restart the count again without getting upset. My pdoc has told me its one of the most common forms of Ocd. I even count my food going into the shopping trolly Then on the conveyer belt. Then in the bag. It is annoying but doesn’t disrupt my day or anyone else’s
 
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I wonder if it stems from the learning to count process, too much emphasis on it... I say this as my Partner's Grandchild seems to be reciting 1 to 10 parrot fashion!
 
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I have no idea. I’ve done it since I was a child for as long as I can remember .I remember my mum telling me when I was a child I had counted the number of spots that were on the bedroom curtains. Used to know how may gates and lamppost there were on my way to school. And the number has no significance whatsoever as I can restart the count again without getting upset. My pdoc has told me its one of the most common forms of Ocd. I even count my food going into the shopping trolly Then on the conveyer belt. Then in the bag. It is annoying but doesn’t disrupt my day or anyone else’s
Thanks. Reason for asking is that I'm trying to understand my daughter's OCD. I think it's different to yours, because you seem to have had it for a long time. Whereas my daughter did not used to do the things she now does. This includes -

Excessive hand washing - to the point of making her hands red raw
Obsessive worrying about contamination
Obsessively placing objects so as not to contaminate other things
Touching clothes in a repeated routine over and over

She has been diagnosed as high functioning autistic. But the OCD is surely a result of anxiety. I guess we have to get to the bottom of what is causing that.
 
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Thanks. Reason for asking is that I'm trying to understand my daughter's OCD. I think it's different to yours, because you seem to have had it for a long time. Whereas my daughter did not used to do the things she now does. This includes -

Excessive hand washing - to the point of making her hands red raw
Obsessive worrying about contamination
Obsessively placing objects so as not to contaminate other things
Touching clothes in a repeated routine over and over

She has been diagnosed as high functioning autistic. But the OCD is surely a result of anxiety. I guess we have to get to the bottom of what is causing that.
You daughters is totally different to mine. Much more serious The only time mine got really bad was when I was psychotic and I couldn’t touch handles so always carried tissue and hand sanitizers. One odd thing that I did was on the washing of hands, once I turned the tap off the tap was then contaminated again so I had to wash them again. I so the ritual kept on going that’s where the tissues came in to help me switch the tap off without contamination.

Is your daughter getting any treatment or therapy for her ocd. . I thing cbt could help her.
 
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You daughters is totally different to mine. Much more serious The only time mine got really bad was when I was psychotic and I couldn’t touch handles so always carried tissue and hand sanitizers. One odd thing that I did was on the washing of hands, once I turned the tap off the tap was then contaminated again so I had to wash them again. I so the ritual kept on going that’s where the tissues came in to help me switch the tap off without contamination.

Is your daughter getting any treatment or therapy for her ocd. . I thing cbt could help her.
We've had some sessions with CAMHS, but that wasn't a very good experience, and it hasn't really helped. I'm hoping we can find a more capable therapist by being referred through my work medical plan.
I feel it would do her the power of good if she could find just one friend to connect with. She is very isolated and has absolutely no peer friends.
 
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WOW, can you please explain in what ways it has :)
Hi!

If you were asking me to explain how OCD has helped my reasoning skills (if you weren't, I apologize for the awkwardness), I'd say that since it forces my mind in multiple directions, I consider all possibilities, all rights and wrongs, the consequences if I do or don't do, the impact it may or may not have on myself or the other person, etc. Basically, it has allowed me to see scenarios in many colors, rather than just black and white. While others may say or act before thinking, I think before I act but reason through all the details before hand. It can be mentally exhausting at times but I've found that if I'm jotting my thoughts down on paper, it really helps!
 
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That sounds amazing, bit like when I'm contemplating my next chess move. If I am honest though I don't get the initial link to OCD...
 
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That sounds amazing, bit like when I'm contemplating my next chess move. If I am honest though I don't get the initial link to OCD...

Do you ever write your thoughts down? I'm not sure what kind of OCD you struggle with but for me, it's intrusive thoughts and troubling concepts that enter my mind and go 'round and 'round. It's so distressing but as I previously said, I write my thoughts and reasoning down and it relieves my mind of whatever was bothering me.
 
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Generally I am able to muddle through, although if I have to remember several pieces of a jigsaw and re-arrange them, then yes I will turn to pen and paper, or a keyboard and screen :) Do you know why writing it down helps :)
 
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Generally I am able to muddle through, although if I have to remember several pieces of a jigsaw and re-arrange them, then yes I will turn to pen and paper, or a keyboard and screen :) Do you know why writing it down helps :)
Okay! So it sounds like you and I struggle similarly.

The reason I think writing it down helps so much is because it alleviates the mind of it's incessant need to remember, track and notate particular details (depending on whatever the struggle is). Putting it down on paper sort of has the same affect as talking to someone.
 
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I am a massive clean freak from having OCD in the past. My OCD wasnt even centred around cleaning. But thats the only positive thing. Even then because I like it to be done just so, I get irritated and snappy if its not done like that, or people are in my way or messing it up. So maybe there are zero benefits. Unless you wanted to find a way that wasted so much time unproductively!
 
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