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  1. Hello, the advice given to me was to try and stop all compulsions no matter how serious as it’s still OCD. I do some ‘minor’ compulsions which don’t bother me too much but I’m still trying to stop them as I know that the end goal is to eliminate the OCD entirely.
  2. I was a bit like this. For a year I obsessively timed my walking and freaked out if I did less than a certain amount a week. When I had CBT and had to stop myself timing, I was amazed how easy it actually was. I think having the courage to try is the hardest step. Having said that I’m not cured, so no I’m sure it’s not gone away that quickly- you need to keep working at it and beware of other obsessions that may pop up in its place. But you’ve taken a good first step, well done. You should be proud of yourself, but keep up the hard work.
  3. Is this OCD?

    Thanks yes I think you’re probably right.
  4. Is this OCD?

    Thanks both. To be honest I can’t remember. It seems likely I read it in a newspaper or something, but I don’t know. I remember as a teenager my parents made us get an early flight and I insisted on going to bed at 6pm to get enough sleep. Of course I wasn’t tired and didn’t sleep at all. I’m also not sure what I’m expecting will happen. I think if I don’t have sex once a week my wife will leave me, or if I don’t do 2.5 hours exercise a week then I’ll get fat. But with sleep, I don’t know. I know I do hate being tired. I kind of feel I’m a failure if I haven’t managed to sleep much? But I can’t reallt understand why. To answer your other question, no- I usually only weigh myself once every few days now I had CBT and many things are a lot better.
  5. I’m pretty sure it is but I’m curious to know if others agree. This isn’t a compulsion but a genuine question so I know how to handle the situation. My OCD has mostly taken the form of timing or measuring things. Sleep is one of those. Mostly I’m fine, but I have to be in bed by 11pm at the latest on a work night. In the past I’ve embarrassed my wife by doing things like going to a barbecue at her friend’s house and then asking every few minutes after 10pm if we can leave. This was before I knew I had OCD. I look back now and it was surely a compulsion to make sure I was in bed by a certain time so I could have ‘enough’ sleep. I won’t go on flights in the middle of the night as I panic about getting enough sleep. And because I panic it stops me sleeping. I’m fine getting up early during the week as I know I have to work. But I think at weekends I have a ‘rule’ that I need to sleep later than 9am. Usually I do, but if I wake up early and can’t get back to sleep I get very anxious and depressed. I try not to plan things that will require me to get up earlier than 8.30 at the earliest. My brother’s girlfriend has just booked a surprise for his birthday which means I have to get up at 7am on a Sunday. When I heard this I panicked and got into a bit of a state arguing with my wife about it. I contacted the girlfriend and asked if she could change it to a later time, but she said they were all booked up. I said it was fine, but I’m worrying and I really want to ask my boss if I can take the Monday morning off work so I can sleep late that morning instead and still get my 2 late mornings. Does this sound like OCD, and should I therefore avoid taking the morning off just to reassure myself I can make up for the early morning?
  6. I totally agree and I didn’t think it was unusual, I just wonder why many (including me!) insist things aren’t OCD but then post about them on an OCD forum. It’s just something I’m curious about. But I don’t mean to hijack a thread, so i’ll stop now. I guess I’m just thinking if we post here as deep down we know it IS OCD, then maybe we can try and believe in that small part of us deep down.
  7. That sounds quite good- I was waiting 18 months for an appointment after my referral!
  8. I always wonder (and it’s maybe a rhetorical question as I’ve asked for reassurance here in the past!) why you (in general, not you specifically) would post these things in an OCD forum if you’re sure it’s not OCD? Is it because deep down we know it is OCD?
  9. 'Black and white' thinking

    It’s a symptom of BPD. Not sure about other mental illnesses but it might be.
  10. Being honest is really important. We really should be honest with our therapists so writing the email is good.
  11. I’ve had similar panics before about things like this. Back when I had this obsession badly, I could never have a good day as I read about OCD being diagnosed if the obsessions and compulsions took up at least an hour a day. So on a good day I’d suddenly panic I didn’t have OCD as I hadn’t spent an hour worrying, then the compulsions would start and ironically then take up more than an hour. OCD can make you doubt anything and doubting the diagnosis itself is a big symptom.
  12. Should I say anything?

    Also, I have another friend who keeps saying ‘my OCD means I have to have my inboxes in alphabetical order.’ I’m sure he doesn’t actually have OCD. I find that as annoying. You wouldn’t have someone say ‘oh my friend is leaving, my BPD is upset about that’ if they didn’t have BPD, so why do people do it with OCD? It’s almost like me saying ‘my head hurts, must be my brain tumour!’ Or something like that which I don’t have.
  13. Should I say anything?

    Thanks, I want to but this friend is a bit of a joker and I’m sure he’ll tell me I don’t have a sense of humour.
  14. A friend who I know quite well and is very aware of my OCD posted on Facebook last week a misspelt sign, with the comment: Life must be hell for a dyslexic proofreader with OCD! Should I say anything to him about it?
  15. I resisted a compulsion

    I appreciate your advice, but I’m afraid I’m not sure what you’re trying to say?