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Hi all. I'm curious as to what age you developed OCD. And did you get it under control pretty good?

I remember being like maybe seven?!, and telling my mom I couldn't get bad words out of my head. They were like intrusive thoughts. Not that i knew that at the time.

I was diagnosed OCD when I was I think 13 when I was also diagnosed with anorexia. I was put on meds.

Now I have it pretty much under control and it doesn't rule my life anymore.

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i can't actually remember a time without OCD. from as early as i can remember, i was very afraid of surprises and changes, and i used compulsive behavior to soothe my fears. i can remember ruminating on obsessive thoughts at about the same age, then starting to use the compulsive stuff to deal with those.

 

i still don't have OCD under control at all. but i have come to terms with the fact that it controls me and probably always will. which is a little bit better than trying to fight it, but definitely not as good as being rid of it altogether...

 

if i could get rid of OCD i absolutely would. it's not useful at all, the way non-sufferers seem to think it is. some of the traits that might have partially led to me having OCD (being detail-oriented, organized, perfectionistic...etc.) might be useful, but they aren't OCD and i could get rid of OCD without getting rid of those personality traits.

 

sorry, guess i went on a tangent there. your question got me thinking.

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It started when I was in middle school. I would wash my hands excessively and my hands became so chapped that I had huge gashes that bled constantly and my hands were always bright red. I would even have to get up in the middle of class to feed my compulsion to wash. 

 

Ugh, I still struggle with OCD to this day and it can be a nightmare. Sometimes I get stuck repeating words out loud or in my head over and over and over until I go crazy, or I get horrible intrusive thoughts and they make me feel like an evil person... I also check things excessively, such as pulling the door shut a certain number or times and well... I feel super crazy because of my OCD symptoms.

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When I was 4 years old I would wash my hands until they bled. When I was 9 I had my first major breakdown. After I gave birth to my daughter things went out of control. Now, at 35, things are somewhat in control through medication (Abilify) but my OCD is still there.

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I definitely developed symptoms in junior high, perhaps earlier, but I definitely have clear memories from 6th-7th grade. I was such a private person that I didn't tell anyone and was able to keep it under wraps most of the time. In fact, it wasn't until I was in my late 20s that someone suggested "OCD tendencies" would be an appropriate way to conceptualize what some of my experiences have been.

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I've had OCD for as long as I can remember. I remember being three years old and circling around and around a toy chair that I had and making sure I went in each direction the same number of times. I wasn't diagnosed until 24, though. I always thought that was just how my brain worked, and I developed my own names for obsessions and compulsions ("tunnel vision", and "decision loops", primarily). I always just considered myself to be some generic form of crazy. Starting to do better with meds and CBT since the dx. 

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Can't remember not having OCD symptoms but up until I was 22 or so thought it was just me being crazy/  Stumbled upon a description of OCD symptoms while I was researching for a pyschology paper on something completely different.  Was a checklist of like 50 things and like everyone described me perfectly.  Meds and CBT haven't done a thing for me the only thing that seems to help at all is just doing the exposures and sticking to my ERP regime.  

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