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Old 04-19-2022, 12:00 AM   #1
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FYI I have not been diagnosed with ocd. But my psychologist says they are ocd tendencies and I figured Iíd ask here where someone might understand.

I count all the time. Lines, colors, patterns, objects, sounds etc. itís exhausting and I hate it. Iíve done it for years and never told anyone til this year .itís so distracting! It really makes me anxious not to count when I feel the urge so I do it and do it over and over again.

Does anyone else do this?
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Old 04-19-2022, 10:38 AM   #2
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Oh dear thank you for reminding me of this, seriously. Counting was one of my most severe symptoms. I recently went off my two psych meds, prozac and topamax, because my new gp didnt prescribe my topamax, idky. Yesterday i noticed myself counting steps just while walking to dump the garbage. Last night i kept jerking awake. I got out of bed and took some topamax and stopped jerking and finally fell asleep. I guess i still need them.
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Oh, yes! Since I was a child. I loved to read and would count the letters in the longer words. Counting, counting....all the things you've mentioned. I do have OCD. I've worked hard as an adult to control the counting and I've had decent success.
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Iíve noticed I do more than just count and Iíve known but never put it all together. I also twirl my hair for hours each night. I nod my head over and over til it feels like I can stop. Sometimes I rock and sway bc I canít stand still-it feels wrong and bad. And the song lyrics omg! Thereís more but Iíve kept this all a secret for years

I told my t today and it was a difficult conversation
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Yes, I count as well. It causes me anxiety when I can't count.
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Yes, I count as well. It causes me anxiety when I can't count.
What kinda stuff do you count? Mine can be anything and I get anxious if it doesnít seem Iíve counted enoug h
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What kinda stuff do you count? Mine can be anything and I get anxious if it doesnít seem Iíve counted enoug h
I count steps, breaths, um lots of things
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Itís totally exhausting isnít it
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I get most annoyed when Iím counting like lines or tiles in a room. I also count lines of numbers on a clock off and on all day
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I struggle with counting when I wash my hands mostly & in the bathroom to ensure I am dry & clean enough. It is extremely frustrating.
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It seems like Iím always counting
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I am not diagnosed OCD either but I found myself developing counting impulses, particularly with hand washing 2 years ago and I'm unable to stop. Although I have been able to reduce some of the counting compulsions naturally, others have been harder to break I find.
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