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driving and walking OCD--anyone sympathize?

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Old 08-03-2007, 05:36 PM   #1
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driving and walking OCD--anyone sympathize?

Hey everyone...
I have moderate OCD and i work hard to keep it under control.
BUT one manifestation that is particularly annoying is "walking" OCD.
I haven't driven for a long time cuz i live in NYC, so now I have obsessions about knocking into someone, walking "crooked" or not paying attention and in some way causing another pedestrian to fall into the subway tracks, get hit by a car, fall down the stairs, etc.

As with any OCD symptom, I know this is irrational. It'd be pretty hard to cause this kind of accident and be oblivious to it. Plus it is other people's responsibility to watch out for themselves, too. BUT rationalizing doesn't help, as usual.

Tonight, for example, I had a cocktail at a restaurant when I was dining alone. The drink made me pleasantly tipsy, but then as soon as I got home I started obsessing that maybe I had hurt someone in the way described above, because I was so impaired by the alcohol (come on, please!)

One thing I REALLY want to do is eventually start driving again, but I am pretty sure that the "walking" obsessions will just change into "hit n run" OCD driving obsessions. Back when I used to drive, I would obsess that I had hit someone and it was awful.

Any advice?


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Old 08-03-2007, 06:32 PM   #2
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Re: driving and walking OCD--anyone sympathize?

Hey Forest-

Well as I'm sure you're aware, alot of people face the, "oh my gosh I hit someone," while driving OCD, and for others like yourself, it's walking. Some people spend hours driving the same route over and over again making sure they didn't hit anyone. You're very right when you say that it's not going to matter if you're walking or driving, because as I'm sure you know, OCD has a way of transferring from one situation to another, so it's best to get some therapy before you start driving again.

I would talk to your primary care physcian and ask him/her to refer you to a cognitive behavioral specialist, as their area of expertise is anxiety disorders. They'll help you to "re-train" your brain to think in a different way and also help you to explore why you have symptoms of OCD and what strategies will work best to help you battle your symptoms. Right now the most effective treatment for OCD is therapy combined with small amounts of medications. While a CBT cannot prescribe mediation, they'll work in conjunction with your PCP to make sure whatever level of medication you're taking is working well for you.

Old 08-08-2007, 07:47 PM   #3
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Although I don't have your particular OCD symptoms, I would like to offer the information to you that I have been talking to/emailing a wonderful OCD specialist in New York by the name of Dr. Stephen Brodsky. He seems to really know how to treat people with OCD and he seemed very compassionate during my free phone consultation with him. I think it would be worth giving him a try, if you can. He does phone sessions, but
encouraged me to find someone here local. If my new therapist doesn't
help me, I'm jumping on his phone session.


Old 08-10-2007, 07:15 PM   #4
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Re: driving and walking OCD--anyone sympathize?

hey danni! thanks a lot

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