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Old 08-22-2007, 11:12 PM   #1
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Blowing Nose

Is it possible to have an OCD for blowing/wiping your nose?

 
Old 08-23-2007, 12:07 AM   #2
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Re: Blowing Nose

I would think it possible. Is it a 'ritual' type thing, where if you are interrupted, you have to start over? This is a sure sign that it is OCD. Tyra Banks just had a show about this disorder and it comes out in many forms. If in doubt, call a psycologist for a interm meeting to be evaluated.

 
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Old 08-23-2007, 06:10 PM   #3
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Re: Blowing Nose

Also, if you know there is nothing there and yet you feel compelled to wipe and blow, it would seem to be OCD.
But there has been a bad head cold going around. Maybe you could wait a few days and see if the urge goes away?

 
Old 08-23-2007, 10:05 PM   #4
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Re: Blowing Nose

I don't have to restart if I'm interrupted, but I blow/wipe my nose if I feel there's something or if I think there's something visible for other people to see. It's pretty constant nose blowing and wiping too. About once an hour or so, and I'm not sick. It's just to make sure there's nothing there.

 
Old 08-24-2007, 09:36 PM   #5
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Hmmm..."just to make sure there's nothing there."
If you're doing it once an hour and there's never anything there (unless maybe after a shower or drinking something hot), then it sounds like OCD.
Can you make yourself not blow or wipe for, say, four hours?

 
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Re: Blowing Nose

maybe i can make myself go for 4 hours without wiping and checking, but i don't want to. i need to know if there is anything there. it just makes me feel better knowing.

 
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Re: Blowing Nose

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maybe i can make myself go for 4 hours without wiping and checking, but i don't want to. i need to know if there is anything there. it just makes me feel better knowing.
That sounds a lot like the examples of OCD behavior I've read in academic books on the subject.
So, the question is: Is this compulsion interfering in your life?
Some things to consider:
Are you sometimes late for things because you spent too much time wiping and blowing?
Does your nose get sore from the wiping and blowing?
Are you embarrassed by your wiping and blowing?
There may be other things to consider as well in relation to the quality of life in relation to the habit.
If you answer yes to these kinds of things, then it's worth seeking professional help to try to eliminate that type of behavior.

 
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