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Old 03-06-14, 02:43 AM   #1
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Heya, not sure if this is OCD related but it sounds as though it might be.

I have this thing where if I'm doing something such as photocopying pages, I seem to give myself some kind of ultimatum... For example:

I run out of pages of this particular document, and I need to photocopy it a few times so I have more copies. I go to the photocopier, and choose the number of photocopies I need. I choose 3. Then for some weird reason, something in my brain thinks "If I don't photocopy one more to make 4, something bad will happen."


...what the heck!? I do things over and over sometimes because my brain tells me something I fear (dying, vomiting, loved ones dying, etc) will happen if I don't do this specific thing in a specific number or way.

It's really bizarre.

Is this OCD-Related? It seems to have a lot to do with even numbers as well. Such as wanting that 3 to be a 4, and not having the TV/Stereo volume on an odd number.

Ideas?

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It does sound like it could be OCD related seeing as there's the imagined consequence to not reinforcing the behaviour which is an example of having OCD. Its suggested that in order to break the patter or at least lower the inclinations toward reinforcing it, that a person is obligated to stop doing the thing that triggers the compulsive behaviour. This of course requires the intervention of another a great deal of the time though that doesn't mean a person can't do it by themselves.
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Hi!

Mm, I thought it could have connections with OCD. I do have other OCD tendencies like needing to keep my coins in size order in my hand, and having the cutlery in the correct compartment in the kitchen drawer. I drive my family nuts ha ha

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It's definitely OCD. Numerical ritualism and intrusive thoughts, with a side of obsessive worrying. I have this issue too, where I need to think in very clear and methodical terms about whatever intrusive thought has popped into my head. I need to do this a minimum of four times, repeating whatever I come up with like a mantra. Sometimes I do this again and again until I tire myself out. And I try never to end on an odd number. So for instance, if I repeat the obsessive thoughts in sums of 4 three times, I'll need to do it a fourth. Although I'm okay with five sometimes. It's weird.

It doesn't usually translate to physical action like yours, although my head hurts an awful lot most of the time because I'm always doing these little rituals. I also make obsessive notes to try and get rid of some of my hangups.
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