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    Old 04-30-2003, 06:35 AM   #1
    DanaGreen
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    Question Visualization??

    Hello Everyone..

    My name is Dana...I am 25 years old and have had OCD since I was about 10..although I was never diagnosed. I have been to therepists over and over..most said I was a manic depressive....my parents strongly discouraged me from dicsussing my OCD symptoms with the doctor...they were afraid of what they didn't understand. Now that I live on my own, no longer under my parents control...I have decided to see a doctor and talk HONESTLY about my OCD..and maybe try and get some help. I have always experienced "normal" (if there is a such a thing) OCD Compulsions...such as having to always use 4 of everything..4 ice cubes, 4 grapes, 4 potato chips...and so on...there are 4 people in my household (myself, my husband, and my 2 daughters) so each ice cube..etc. represents a person in my family..so If I leave one out..someone dies or gets hurt. But my compulsions are more commonly a visualization thing...such as , when i put my oldest daughter to bed at night...after I turn off her light..I have to visualize everyone in my family's fingers in exact detail..or I have to turn the light on and do it again. Also, when I leave the bathroom I have to visualize the white tile floor in my parents bathroom perfectly..or I have to walk back into the bathroom and do it again...always with the fear that God is watching me..and if I dont do it right..someone in my family dies or gets hurt.I am also a checker..with windows, doors, the strove, coffee maker and so on..it is getting quite disruptive. Does anyone else do these things with visualizing?? I hope so

    Dana

     
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    Old 05-01-2003, 03:42 PM   #2
    Pfretzsch
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    Pure OCD. Talk to your doctor about medication. You will be suprised how much energy you have to get involved in life when your symptoms ease up.

     
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