It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....



Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Message Board


Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 09-19-2004, 05:53 PM   #1
Senior Member
(female)
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Posts: 273
simplyj HB User
Plagued by "what if" worries

Hello everyone,

My OCD can go from bad to worse within minutes and I before I know it, I feel like I'm starting all over again. Here's an example...One of my many OCD obsessions is with the daily trash (yuk). To clarify, I obsess that I've written something inappropriate on anything and everything like paper, cereal boxes, soup cans, etc. Everything that I throw away has to be carefully inspected before I can toss it in the garbage to make sure nothing was written on it. This ritual/compulsion has been going on FOR YEARS and I am so tired of it. If I get the fear that my husband has thrown out something that I did not "inspect" I have to take out every piece of garbage and look at it before throwing it away. Some days I can get through it fairly well with only a brief inspection but other days like today it gets out of control. A few days ago I bought My daughter a happy meal that came with a toy. Shortly after cleaning the table I realized that I could not find part of the toy. I looked and looked and could not find it but I assumed that eventually I would. After a thorough cleaning of my house, I realized that the toy piece still had not reappeared and so of course my stress level went up, I was filled with anxiety, I questioned my husband over and over again until he finally said that the only place it could be was in the garbage and that maybe our daughter tossed it in the trash. Well of course at first I thought it was impossible since I never let her throw anything out but I figured it was worth a check. I looked through the garbage bag AND THERE IT WAS. I started to freak out at the fact that something was thrown away without my knowledge. I felt I had to look through every piece of garbage or I just could not deal with the anxiety. Needless to say, I checked through the bag and when I was done, all my anxiety subsided. But of course, checking through the trash yet again only reinforces my OCD but I can't seem to shake this big obsession. Can anyone relate? Any suggestions?

Thanks,
j.

 
Sponsors Lightbulb
   
Old 09-20-2004, 08:36 AM   #2
Newbie
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 8
Memories HB User
Re: Plagued by "what if" worries

Well, it sounds like you have a pretty good handle on it. Especially the aspect of giving in to it re-inforcing the obession. I think sometimes you just have to confront the worst: Well what if you DID leave some personal note in the trash and some malicious trash collector found it? What is he going to do about it? Print it in a book? Call the police? Read it every night? I'll do that when I'm looking for something. OK, maybe I won't ever find it. Will life end?

 
Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Just had Dorsal Slit yesterday - "What now?!" ml91 Men's Health 12 12-12-2009 03:27 AM
What "disease" do YOU have? LonelyTraveler Anxiety 88 07-23-2007 11:17 PM
Husband quit drinking "cold turkey" what can I do to help? iLVpink Family & Friends of Addicts and Alcoholics 13 03-20-2007 05:13 AM
"64 Slice Angio Scan" and "CT Heart Scan" - what's the difference? zosolizard Heart Disorders 1 07-24-2006 05:03 PM
"What if" anxiety JaredC Anxiety 6 05-15-2006 12:35 PM




Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




Join Our Newsletter

Stay healthy through tips curated by our health experts.

Whoops,

There was a problem adding your email Try again

Thank You

Your email has been added








TOP THANKED CONTRIBUTORS



Eyes2thesky (10), TrainOfThought (10), paisleyprincess (5), guitarman86 (5), PinkIcecream (4), eddysmom1 (3), Kali333 (3), dee088 (3), Sillygrl (3), BadMalibu (3)

Site Wide Totals

teteri66 (1180), MSJayhawk (1007), Apollo123 (906), Titchou (851), janewhite1 (823), Gabriel (759), ladybud (755), midwest1 (669), sammy64 (668), BlueSkies14 (607)



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:03 PM.



Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2014 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!