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Old 03-30-2012, 12:53 PM   #1
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Another "Do I have OCD" question

Hi everyone,

Often times (all day long), I have this compulsion to hold my hands in front of my eyes and "twiddle" my fingers.

It has caused problems all my life...instead of doing homework, I will instead do this and "pretend" to be doing the homework. This caused me to never really do well in school, because i was never doing the homework; I could not focus unless I was doing this and visualizing doing the homework.

Same thing in my career...instead of doing the actual work, I am instead compelled to feel like I have to do this with my hands for a while before I will actually be able to do the work I ned to do.

Has anyone heard of this...and if so, is there a name for this or a treatment?

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Old 04-02-2012, 03:33 AM   #2
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Re: Another "Do I have OCD" question

It's hard to say and clearly only a professional can diagnose but what I would say is that it is affecting your life and you are spending a substantial amount of time getting "stuck" with this ritual, then it is certainly worth seeing your GP about for a referral.

In my son's case we were told that if he spent more than an hour a day in the ritual, became distressed if he was stopped and it affected his life he could refer to a specialist.

If the specialist does say it is OCD there is tonnes of help out there, my son's consultant said it was the most treatable of all mental health issues. Go to the GP ask for a referral, if you are still at school your school nurse can refer too (If in England)

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Old 04-02-2012, 06:19 AM   #3
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Re: Another "Do I have OCD" question

Thanks Avon! I will check with my GP for a referral!

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