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Possible OCD

Wed, Sep 1st 2004

I've been doing a lot of reading on OCD because I think I show some of the symptoms of it. When I was younger (around the ages of 11-14) I used to have a fear of contamination and spent a lot of time constantly washing my hands. I also had a lot of fears about causing harm to myself or others if I did or didn't do certain actions. For a while these problems went away. Occasionally I would have some thoughts, but they would be more like a whisper in the background. Now all of a sudden, 5 years later, I'm having similar thoughts. I have a fear of causing harm to my self if I don't do certain actions. There really isn't a patter to my actions, it just seems the less I want to do something, the more uncomfortable I feel if I don't do it. It really isn't that time consuming but it's very distressing as I spend a lot of time trying to convince myself that I don't have to do certain things. These thoughts tend to be religious in nature, usually dealing with my soul! My college offers counseling for OCD, so I was planning on seeking treatment for it. First, do you think I have OCD and if so, what treatment is available for me?

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