Is it OCD?

Hi, I'm new here. I hope this doesn't sound silly but I am worried I may have OCD. I have always been germ phobic, but it has got to the point where I don't want people to breathe near me or my food, I only drink from certain cups that nobody else is allowed to drink from and I get really uncomfortable when people cough or sneeze around me. I have also been having intrusive thoughts, like "what if I punch this person in the head" or "what would happen i was to kiss this person right now" for no reason and they're making me worried that I may actually do it. I am always worried about losing things or forgetting things, even if I know where they are. I always have to check my bag at least 3 times before leaving for school, even if I know everything I need is in there. My family and friends have said to me they think I have it, at first I thought they were joking but I have been reading a lot about it and I've realised that maybe they weren't. Do I have OCD or am I just worrying?

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  • I think you have a serious case of OCD. Make an appointment at your doctor. How old are you? Are any of your parents obsessed with germs? Does your mum clean a lot?

  • I'm 16, my parents clean quite often but for some reason it doesn't seem enough (even if I watch them clean, and they do definitely clean enough, I don't trust it if you know what I mean). Thank you for your help, I was worried I was just overthinking

  • This sounds similar to what Rose Bretcher writes about in her book 'Pure' (all about Pure OCD - OCD that is mostly to do with your thoughts). It certainly helped me. You can get it from Amazon.

  • Thank you, I will have a look for it!

  • Everyone has these kinds of impulses and sometimes they can feel very real, but it is OCD people who obsess about them! In fact people with OCD are usually extra safe to be around, as we are so distressed by the thought of causing harm to others that we are highly unlikely to do it! And then there's the insistence on checking things when we know they're where they ought to be. Do get a referral to a mental health team, and meanwhile try to read up on OCD - there are some excellent self-help books. The one in the Overcoming series is very good, as is The OCD Workbook.

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