Re: boyfriend's nervous tics....could it be OCD?
It does sound as if it is OCD, the repetitiveness, but as an OCD sufferer yourself, the worst you can do is constantly point it out to him, in his mind he already knows he does it, he admitted he realizes he does it.
My doctor told me (OCD sufferer with bouts every few months), in the case of my son who always does repetitive things, not to make such a big deal out of it, as it only adds to the stress of doing it, and makes them feel like a freak if its constantly being pointed in their face.
As far as his career, many when distracted with other imperative things will not do the habit until the relaxation time (socializing, at home watching TV, etc)
My son's eased up after school let out, yet he didnt do his "tics" at school, it was after school let out for the day, while at home, not occupied on one thing in particular.
Does he know that you suffer from OCD?