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Is there a thing called perfectionism ocd?

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Hi I am new to this community. I joined to learn more about ocd and hopefully get some questions answered. I was diagnosed with ocd a year ago, but my psychiatrist didn’t explain anything to me. I have been struggling really bad with doing schoolwork and going to sleep. I read an article about perfectionism ocd (not sure if that’s an actual thing) but it sounded exactly like me. I feel like I have to do things perfectly or as close as possible to it, which makes things take so long to do. Usually I just give up and don’t do it at all. I need help/ advice because I feel so lost :(

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I would like to welcome you to the OCD Support Network.

We are here to help and offer hope to each other.

We are in this together.

I suffer from Perfection OCD.

I always want things arranged in perfect order.

I am sorry that you are going through a rough time.

I wish you good health.

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Princessbride_ in reply to

Thank you 💗

tk84 profile image
tk84 in reply to

i also spend a lot of time to get everything in th perfect order otherwise my parents cannot go to heaven.. its Frustratings.. it cuts of so many time of your day..

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Princessbride_ in reply to tk84

Oh my that’s must be really hard. I’m Christian so I completely understand the religious side. I pray that your ocd will become less intense 💕

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Karalin in reply to Princessbride_

Yes I know the religious side all too well. Look into scrupulosity.

MothFir profile image

It sounds like you need a psychiatrist or therapist who will explain what you're going through and the techniques to deal with it. You shouldn't have to go on living with it when there are ways to cope and make the perfectionist urges lessen with time. If you can't get the info from your psychiatrist, find one who's trained in OCD. Good luck!

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Princessbride_ in reply to MothFir

Thanks so much. I think I will contact my psychiatrist and try to explain it to him. If that doesn’t work, I’ll have to find someone else. Thx again 💗

tk84 profile image

i have to do all things that remains forever perfectly! with a good feeling and a good thought otherwise i have the fear someone i love cannot go to heaven.. sounds like your ocd is this without the fearfull consequence of this magical thinking part of my ocd.. it could be a type of ocd.. its like just right ocd.. i heard of some guys that told they have to redo and redo their writing for Thousands of times because it just dont feel right.. your orbital frontal Cortex is perhaps in this Loop wich is sending the signal something is wrong over and over again.. in germany their is a type of ocd called "zwanghafte langsamkeit" where the patients are forced to do everthing very perfect and very slow.. i dont know if it could be your ocd.. but i have to say i'm no doctor.. and therefore this is no diagnosis..

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Princessbride_ in reply to tk84

Thanks so much ❤️

3BirdLover profile image

You might want to check information on OCD of Scrupulocity. That sounds pretty close to what you have, as do I. When I was in college, I had an internship at a place where I do some office work. I had to check it and re-do my work over and over and over before I could finally let go of it. I was so afraid the "boss" would notice. Your brain just gets in a loop and it doesn't feel right. It has to be 'perfect' mistakes allowed.

It's rough.... be sure you have a therapist thoroughly trained in OCD..... this is extremely important. Just because you already have begun this work with a therapist, doesn't mean you have to stay there. You will get better ALOT ALOT ALOT faster if you find an OCD specialist. Look at the "get help" section of the website ...they will lpoint you to the right place in your area.

Also meds are important to go along with the therapy. This will help you calm down as you do the work needed. Stay here for support. It is a great place to be.

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Princessbride_ in reply to 3BirdLover

Thank you so much, I definitely will look into that ❤️

EngelSwizzle7 profile image

Hello! Yes there is absolutely a thing like "perfectionism OCD." I have it too, and I have heard it referred to as "just right" OCD, and a whole bunch of other things. Your description of schoolwork being hard led me to your post...this is where mine reared it scary self over and over again for years. Took DAYS longer than classmates to write papers, read anything...I still loved to learn but it was this double edged sword because I never thought I had done or understood enough. And then I became a teacher. And it just got worse and worse.

For years I did not know how to talk about why I became so anxious over my work, and it took me so so long to get it done, and I rarely felt satisfied, despite what others said. Then I started having panic attacks and finally sought treatment.

I agree with a previous post here that medication can help to engage in the process of therapy. But just medication alone did very little to help me. I began a journey with Exposure and Ritual Prevention Therapy. It has changed my life and I have never been happier.

I hope you start feeling better soon. You are not alone.

Ladybug9 profile image

Yep. That is definitely me!

DeathtoOCD profile image

Perfectionism OCD can most certainly be a thing.

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