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I Think I Need Help

Hello all. I have had these certain things in my life that have to be the right way for a long time, maybe going back to when I was around 17- I’m 23 now. They are lots of different things- having to count how many steps there are and making sure my right foot is the last one to take a step; the cutlery being the right way around in the drawer, clothes being in a certain order etc. I get really upset and anxious if someone does something in a way that I wouldn’t which makes me feel totally out of control. Even having to do these activities in a certain way makes me feel out of control. I haven’t been to a doctor because I hadn’t realised how impactful they are on my life. Does this sound like a form of OCD to anybody on here? I’m nervous to go to the doctors in case they tell me I’m being over dramatic and there’s nothing they can do to help me.

Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

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This is normal, and I do think this could be OCD! I understand how you feel, it will pass & I would consider going to the doctors they are there to help you not to harm you

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Thank you for your reply, I appreciate it.

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Definitely ocd so go see your go.

Good luck.

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Sorry meant gp

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Thank you! :)

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It sounds like OCD to me! Often OCD goes undiagnosed for years, as it did with me. I had OCD for quite a while, but hadn't heard about it, and hid my odd behaviour as much as I could. Do go to your doctor. They are not likely to fob you off, as OCD is recognized and known about much more now, and there are certainly things they can do for you.

Medication can help enormously, but is most effective when used in conjunction with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Most often an SSRI antidepressant is prescribed for OCD.

Get some self help books. Overcoming OCD is a good one. Perhaps even put together your own programme of self help by making a list of your compulsions and rituals, rate them as to how distressing it would be to break them, and starting with the easiest, go against them.

If it causes you distress and disrupts your life, you are deserving of help.

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Thank you, I really appreciate your support. I will get myself to a doctors and hopefully I can get it under control :)

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