OCD Awareness Week (17th – 23rd Feb 2014).

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  1. OCD is one of the ‘unseen’ disorders out there that people don’t understand. I personally don’t have this – but suffering from PTSD and anxiety as well as my partner with BiPolar disorder – we have found that it is tough raising a toddler in our chaos, but so far, it’s been the best thing for us! Thanks for sharing your story, I definitely know the courage it takes to speak out and to speak to those ‘quirks’ you have that may not be a big deal to those looking in from the outside, but the heart knows, your heart mind knows the severity of the impact it has on your life. It’s great that you have a partner that has embraced you and has chose not to change you! I love stories like this.

    1. Thanks for the reply – I can’t imagine what chaos you went through, especially on bad days when they just didn’t sleep!

      I actually really enjoy writing these posts, as much as I want to keep this a TTC blog. I think it’s because I’m getting to show that there’s more to us than a couple TTC.

      Thanks again.

      1. You never want to lose your identity in the process, because at the end of the day, you are right, you are a lot more than just one label or one stereotype. You are a whole person, this is just one facet of yourself.

  2. I think I have OCD tendencies – enough for people close to me to notice but not so much that it affects my daily life noticeably I think. I have aways thought that if something truly traumatic happened to me, OCD might be the way the stress might manifest itself.
    My key things that I think seem OCD are (although I might just be pedantic and quirky?):
    Laundry – must have it all hanging the same way, end up matching pegs to clothes by colour – so buy all one colour pegs so I don’t mess around taking pegs off and rearranging.
    Counting – count everything (& often over and over), people in meetings, objects of a similar shape (in order of size), cars while I’m driving past (bad habit and I try and consciously stop myself) – obviously that’s not on the motorway/expressway lol etc
    Doors – need all doors and drawers closed fully. Even if my bedroom is a tip with clothes everywhere, I will get back up out of bed if a cupboard is an inch open. Or sometimes even if I suspect a cupboard in another room is open. (My ex used to tell me that she thought she’d left a kitchen cupboard open – just to mess with me – she thought it was hilarious.)
    Aligning stuff – straightening pictures, books on a shelf, pencils on a table, putting all the sugar sachets up the right way in the bowl on the cafe table etc.

    So that’s what I can think of off the top of my head. Sound like OCD?

    1. It’s difficult to tell, you would certainly have to speak to a doc. A lot of the time OCD sufferers don’t realise they have OCD until they’re told that what they’re doing isn’t “normal”. There’s being neat and tidy and then there’s obsessive, can’t-sleep-until-you-sort-it obsessive.

      Reading through yours, I also do some of those things – I can certainly relate to laundry. All my towels are folded the same way creating a neat pile.

      Thanks for sharing. Over the years, I’ve dealt with my OCD and now just name it as my quirks.

  3. I have this and it’s really stressful.
    My thing is mainly to do with ‘checks’. I have to check all the rooms in the house before I can go to sleep to check that there isn’t a plug left on, that no one is in the house, all doors and windows are locked etc. I check EVERYTHING about 5 times too, and sometimes I then go back and check again! It means my bedtime routine it literally between 30-50mins! I met a lady online that is helping me try some things to slowly get it under control because at the minute it’s really bad. I haven’t always been this bad, I find stress makes it worse. Thank you for the post, it was really comforting to read this tonight 🙂

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