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Touch OCD (tics?)

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unknowncat

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I think I may have a form of TOCD, or touch OCD. I've always had a need to have everything that touches one side of my body to touch the other in the exact same way with the exact same pressure, but I thought it was just a quirk. However, when I think about it it gets worse, which makes me think I'm making it all up. It interferes a lot with homework and general tasks, but sometimes goes away. I've found recently that if I touch something in a specific way and feel the usual urgent need to touch it the same way on the other side, the only way to not do this is to have a small, I guess, tic attack. I spaz around for a few seconds and get a migraine, but hey, at least I didn't have to tap the kettle 14 times!
 
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I sometimes feel like i need to do something on one side then the other. Like, if i scratch one side of my nose, i have to scratch the other side. It has never become distressing to me though and i think that is where this problem becomes a disorder. If i seriously affects your daily life and causes you distress, then it might be OCD and you might need help with reducing it.
 
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dontknowwhattodowithoutyou

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I agree with Tawny: if you feel distressed, it could indeed be OCD or a related disorder. OCD is a pretty diverse disorder, too. Some people have mental compulsions only, others have to count until a certain number. A therapist or psychiatrist can help you, especially one experienced in OCD.

Wish you all the best :)
 
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