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Old 11-07-2012, 07:18 AM   #1
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Question Is this OCD?

Hey everybody,†
First of all this is my first post on this board so I just wanted to thank you all for the great help you provide to others.†

About myself:
I Think I have OCD, I have seen a therapist about this but I don't think they took me very seriously.
That why I would like to ask you guys for advice.†

I have always worried to much.
I remember when I was little (3/4-6/7) I was always so afraid that my parents would just abandon me.†I remember one time when we were on vacation and after me and my brother had fallen asleep my parents left the hotel room and went to the bar.
When I woke up at night and they weren't there I completely freaked, I don't remember exactly what happened but it took me like a day to recover from this.
When I was like 7 that stopped.†I was ok until I was 12 or so when my mother got cancer and from that point t on until I was about 16 I was so scared of being I'll it was almost unbearable.†
I constantly obsessed about any small change in my body and saw multiple doctors.†
When I was 16 or 17 this just stopped.†

A year or so later I developed an obsession with my appearance.†
I constantly worry how I look and what others might think of me.†Sometimes I think I look good but a single look at a bad picture of myself or a unflattering mirror can crush my entire self esteem.
I constantly have to reaffirm how I look. I take picture of me with the front facing camera of my phone or check myself in the mirror.†Sometimes I also completely avoid mirrors.†My looks just seem to depend on the lighting so much.†
Sometimes I spent multiple hours just taking tons of pictures of myself and analyzing them.
After that I often feel very tired that I almost have to take a nap.†
This whole obsession costs me so much energy and self confidence.†
Do you guys think this sounds like OCD?†What would you recommend I do?†

Any replies are truly appreciated!

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Old 11-07-2012, 09:23 PM   #2
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Re: Is this OCD?

I have had OCD since chidlhood, and one thing I have learned over the years about the disease is that we OCDers excessively notice the details of life's aspects, be it physical matter or abstract things like feelings, ideas, etc. We often don't see the "whole picture" because we're way too busy staring at one little detail of the whole picture. Before I discovered this aspect of my OCD, I did the mirror thing too. I was terribly preoccupied with my looks because I noticed that one of my eyes points slightly outward. I continually looked in the mirror and literally focused my eyes on at their own image in the mirror. I did not spread my gaze to my whole head in the mirror like unafflicted people probably do normally. Thus, I noticed a flaw not noticed by most non OCD people, unless I pointed it out to them. Think about this concept as it relates to you abstract "focuses" too. Kind of the same thing.

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