I really appreciate you trying to help me- I imagine that you can help me immensely by sorting out the symptoms because you actually DO have Asperger's. First off, there's absolutely no question or doubt that I have OCD. I didn't have motor delays if you're talking speech. I was one of the "hyperlexic" kids who taught herself to read at age four but couldn't spell worth at all because it probably was memorization...So, I do have some sensory issues, but again, I don't know if they're OCD-related or a part of the possible Asperger's. Ever since I can remember, I have always taken the same routes in places because they feel "safe". Certain places make me feel inexplicably creepy. Do you feel this way? I think this is why I tend to gravitate towards needing to sit in the same seat in classes because it "feels right", but it's different than the OCD "feels right"; I don't have obsessions that something bad will happen if I don't sit in the same spot or walk the same route, but rather, just feel uncomfortable and restless.
Being wet has always been highly uncomfortable for me, and I recently figured out that I avoid getting showers as long as possible because I detest getting my face wet. I love baths because I can rinse my hair under the faucet without getting my face wet. Yes, like you, certain lights, textures, and sounds bother me; can't think of any specifics right now, but my mom had a really difficult time taking me for clothes shopping as a kid...But, music is one sound that I know irritates me. I have a very limited selection of music that I listen to, and I find that it IS intolerable for me to listen to today's music. Now, the following is one symptom which I'm truly puzzled if it's OCD or not: mimicking voices. I have this strange ability to bend my voice to sound like the small nuances of emphasis in songs or movies, and I do have to repeat them out loud until they're "perfect", but again, there's no obsession behind it. Could this simply be another compulsion of mine or some sort of echolalia?
As far as thinking differently, this has always been the case for me.I get confused without details. I'm the stereotypical "misses-the-big-picture" kid and I "miss the forest because I can only see the trees". Are you like this, too? I think I've already told you about my obsessive fixations, which are pretty much perseverations, that give me happiness to pursue, unlike the miserable clinical obsessions of my OCD. Thanks again in advance for any help you can provide!