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My GP thinks I might be OCD and has cited my obsession with getting a dog as a symptom. I obsessively search classifieds for available puppies. I research dog breeds. I take dog breed selector quizzes and then I email breeders about their litters. Meanwhile, at home I know I can't have a dog, because they cost money to care for and I would not be able to pay medical costs if there was an emergency. Also, I have a young toddler. And yet I persistently search for dogs.

Today I found a post about mental health therapy dogs on another board and I proceded to search for hours to discover if dogs are provided to OCD/ Dermatillomania patients.

Is this an OCD symptom? It definitely is obsessive.

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The initial desire for a dog might have been something you would have normally had;. People like dogs, it's not wrong.

What may have happened is that your OCD has become wrapped up with that legitimate desire. The fact is, you can't own one, yet you're spending a huge amount of time and energy obsessing over something that cannot be, in what sounds to be a very compulsive way, lacking insight. I wonder what is driving it, maybe it's worth questioning what this research is doing for you given that you know deep down that you can't have a dog. Is it avoidance? Is it escapism? Is it your way of trying to prevent something bad happening/feeling a difficult emotion?

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It's funny I have actually done both. I had an adopted dog and fostered a dog briefly as well. What surprised me was that while doing that I still persisted with the search for dogs. I couldn't drop the habit once I actually had a dog.

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It's great that you can identify that the dog becomes a symbol of wanting to push away those difficult feelings. It isn't really about the dog. It is an obsession to avoid feeling bad or out of control.

Now your doc can help you deal with this obsession.

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