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Insanity doesn't just run in my family - it practically gallops

Submitted by Merlina at 2007-09-21 03:06:40 EDT
Rating: 1.83 on 118 ratings (118 reviews) (Review this item) (V)

It took me until I was about 25 until I realised that I might not be normal.

Yes I know, define 'normal' you may say, after all, everyone is different; we all have our quirks. But mine have been something that seemed to run in a pattern. And then it was diagnosed. I have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Remembering back, my mother probably had OCD (amongst many other mental problems which I won’t go into here). I remember we had a (rather nasty) smoked glass topped coffee table – well... it was the seventies.. One of my 'chores' was to take the glass off the table and clean it both sides with vinegar and brown paper.

Four times a day.

That is one of her many oddities that I didn’t really thing of as odd at the time; I thought my mother was just fastidious.

I know now, that it’s actually more difficult for other people to cope with. To be honest, I’m surprised The Bloke hasn’t either run for the hills or murdered me for what I can be like.

Now I’m not TOO bad a girlfriend. I’m not the jealous type, I believe we don’t 'own' each other and encourage him to do loads of stuff without me, whatever it takes to ensure he is as happy as he would be if he was alone – if that makes sense to you… I’m his friend, his lover, his cook (I like cooking so not a hardship) and things are good but…

I do have OCD.

Examples: When we were dating and I was living in an apartment in London he would arrange to come over at say… 7pm. Now if he turned up late – all was fine. It gave me more time to get my life organised. If I say 7pm I mean 7pm. Chances are I’ll be ready myself at 6.59pm. But if he knocked on the door at ten minutes to? ooooh dear. I remember one night he sat on the couch perplexed as I ranted that he’d ‘ruined my night’. How mental? Yes, he had spoiled my mood entirely because I ‘wasn’t ready’ Maybe I hadn’t had time to run the duster round, maybe my hair was still wet, it doesn’t matter. Something upset me and it wasn’t rational.

The daft thing is – is when I’m saying all this to him, I am also shouting “Yes I CAN hear myself and how ridiculous this is, but I can’t help it, I’m a mess and I can’t explain it”.

Yeah *sigh* I know you’re all feeling very sorry for him now, but 90% of the time I am totally rational. But if OCD is affected it doesn’t matter how rational you are. If someone throws me; is early or changes plans suddenly, it freaks me out.

1.I have to sit at the end of a bench in a bar with friends – I can’t sit in the middle because I feel I can’t escape (why would I want to?).

2.I literally comb the fringes of the rug in the living room and flinch if someone steps on it and musses it up.

3.I have to sleep on the side of a bed by the door. I just have to or I’ll die. Probably.

4.On a Friday I have to have a mental plan of what we’re doing at the weekend. It must bug the hell out of him. I wish I could be spontaneous.

5.I have to go back and check I’ve locked the house every damn time I get halfway down the street. Every time.

6.If we’re going out for dinner in town, I have to get to the bar half an hour earlier than everyone else to get my ‘mind ready’ for the evening. Or my night is 'ruined' in my head.

When I was living in above mentioned flat, I had a male friend pop round who happens to be a physiologist. He sat on the couch and I sat on the floor facing him with the coffee table between us. Picture the scene. On the coffee table was a (rather beautiful) red square glass dish.

Which was placed at an angle.

Every few minutes when I wasn’t looking, he moved it so it was straight. Apparently (he laughingly told me afterwards) I put it back at an angle every time a couple of seconds later.. without even knowing I was doing it.

He then asked me what was my favourite fruit. Oh um… peaches probably. “Tinned or fresh” he then asked to which my reply was tinned. He then asked why and I said “oh because the pieces are all cut up neatly in slices and..... oh”

As I’ve got older I can control it more. The Bloke hardly suffers as I bite my tongue most of the time. And he thinks the whole thing is cute (thank god).

Personally it drives me bananas.

I know that OCD is an increase in activity in a neuronal circuit running from the frontal cortex to the cingulate gyrus, striatum, globus pallidus, thalamus and back to the frontal cortex. Surgery can fix it but I am used to my ways now. And its not guaranteed enough for me to want goddamn brain surgery.

I’m aware that OCD comes in many forms like people who wash their hands fifty times a day; mine is different. But when I watched the Jack Nicholson movie As Good As It Gets – I understood far more than I wanted. Unfortunately my brothers and sisters all suffer from this, so we can only assume its genetic.

But typically, like allergies, bi-polar and other minor ailments – it seems to be ‘fashionable’ for people to have them. Don’t they realise what it’s really like if you actually do?

To all those other sufferers of the same? I feel for you.

Now I must go and comb that rug...







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Submitted by DangerPants at 2007-09-27 14:31:22 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Huh. You know... I bet SG is OCD also. SHe's very very particular about things that I just think are stupid. I bet she'd have fewer anxiety attacks and times where she feels like crying for no apparent reason if I let her just alphabetize my movies and CDs and line up the books like she likes.

But I draw the line at putting the remote control on top of the thing it controls. That's just weird.

Submitted by lostnphound at 2007-09-27 13:21:03 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

My mom used to comb a rug at our house. She was never diagnosed with OCD though...guess we should have taken her to the doctor.

Submitted by JulsInsane at 2007-09-25 20:44:06 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by Crystle (user info) at 2007-09-25 17:38:05 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP

WHERE DO I SIGN UP!?!?!
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Submitted by JulsInsane (user info) at 2007-09-24 19:10:33 PDT (#)
Ranking: 2

Submitted by inion_de_trua (user info) at 2007-09-21 09:16:01 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

i cleaned josie's kitchen :(
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you cleaned my apartment
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Throw a party with a lot of booze.

Submitted by Crystle at 2007-09-25 17:38:05 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP

WHERE DO I SIGN UP!?!?!
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Submitted by JulsInsane (user info) at 2007-09-24 19:10:33 PDT (#)
Ranking: 2

Submitted by inion_de_trua (user info) at 2007-09-21 09:16:01 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

i cleaned josie's kitchen :(
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you cleaned my apartment

Submitted by JulsInsane at 2007-09-24 22:10:33 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by inion_de_trua (user info) at 2007-09-21 09:16:01 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

i cleaned josie's kitchen :(
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you cleaned my apartment

Submitted by EmissionImpossible at 2007-09-24 04:29:51 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Why the HELL do I have to work! I demand to be a kept man, merlina keep me please, we will rob banks and be happy :)

Submitted by Merlina at 2007-09-24 03:05:08 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Submitted by iddqd (user info) at 2007-09-23 13:31:39 EDT (#)
Ranking: 0

meh youve jsut conviced yourself you have these quirks because it gives you a thrill to believe that they make you special.
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I can understand and respect this comment because I think that there are many people who do this.

I am not one of those purely because I have no need to feel 'special'.

I think I'm pretty damn special anyway. :P

Submitted by Nyrea at 2007-09-23 23:41:58 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by ilikesteak at 2007-09-23 22:13:04 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

WOO!

Submitted by iddqd at 2007-09-23 13:31:39 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

meh youve jsut conviced yourself you have these quirks because it gives you a thrill to believe that they make you special.

Submitted by pandora at 2007-09-22 20:55:59 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by MouRNIngLoRY (user info) at 2007-09-22 15:43:23 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2


I can't stand watching commercials with food in them because advertizing execs things it's GREAT to have food on one's face when they eat something. I think it's absolutely disgusting, and I start trying to clean my own face. I also can't stand watching children eat. I want to smack them, and not for my usual reasons.

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This made me laugh. I couldn't agree more! Carl's Jr. commercials gross me out so bad. (That's a local drive-in restaurant chain here in So. Cal.) They think the messier someone eats, the more "delicious" the food will seem. They chew with their mouth open, lick their hands, etc. It's so nasty, it makes me break out in goosebumps.

Submitted by hidden101 at 2007-09-22 18:41:55 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by EmissionImpossible (user info) at 2007-09-21 08:48:24 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

Submitted by Hilarity_Ensues (user info) at 2007-09-21 13:34:45 BST (#)
Ranking: 2

You know, EM, the last time someone asked me why I did stuff just so in my house I explained it to him. He never hung out with me again. Luckily, he was just a friend of a friend, so I was no skin off my ass.

I'll tell you though.

Fires: I have a ridiculous amount of Fire/CO detectors in my house - 5 in an area no more than 1,000 square feet.

Breaking & Enterings: I'm so terrified of someone breaking into my house and hurting me/my animanls, that I barricade my house at all times. My bedroom is set up just so where I have weapons within reach at all times. One of these weapons is a very large tatical knife. When asked 'why a knife?' by the friend of a friend, my response was, 'so I can slit his throat and watch him die.

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i have a combat knife next to my bed at all times. i also keep a switchblade in my car. this is useful because sometimes i drive around without the doors on my Jeep and i can quickly stab bums that approach my car and drive away. a bum tried to wash my windshield a couple weeks back and i flipped the blade out on him. he ran away quickly. fuckin' bums... i hate bums. i also hate it when they try to make you feel guilty about not giving them money, as if it's MY fault they are homeless and not their own. when i tried to ignore a bum yesterday that was begging me for money, he said "it wouldn't kill you to have a heart". i told him i felt real guilty all off a sudden and that i was going to give him 50 bucks as i reached in my pocket. he said "really?" as his eyes lit up and i laughed and said "no!" and walked away. hahahahaha.

Submitted by firefly at 2007-09-22 16:49:24 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by MouRNIngLoRY at 2007-09-22 15:43:23 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Oh my God, Merlina, you are the greatest person on Earth for giving me SUCH an excellent way to start my weekend, and for starting a conversation with several of my friends (and old roommates) about this.

I need everything in it's place, I'm obsessed with symmetry. Oh, and I count EVERYTHING. How many times I swallow when I drink something (here we go...), how many seconds it takes to fill a glass or a pot at the sink, etc. I count drum beats on occasion.

I can't stand watching commercials with food in them because advertizing execs things it's GREAT to have food on one's face when they eat something. I think it's absolutely disgusting, and I start trying to clean my own face. I also can't stand watching children eat. I want to smack them, and not for my usual reasons.

I cannot touch things that are wet without my own hands being wet. And I love to cook, but I need to wash my hands about 30 times in the process, and wipe off the sink parts afterwards.

Great title. It describes my own family to a T.

And Circe, that response almost made me piss myself.

Submitted by Serge N. Peckersnot at 2007-09-21 22:20:33 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Hey Merlina! You always have good 'food fer thought'.
I am organised in a way that everything has to have it's own place. i guess it's a security issue.or maybe insecurity.But once in a while i just have to kick back and break the hell out of things. One time i just gathered up a whole bunch of appliances in the house that were causing troubles-i could have easily fixed them-but it was a lot more fun to hang them on the closeline by their power cords and smash 'em up with hockey and broom sticks,bats,golf clubs etc...while sluggin' back some Jack Daniels and listening to MOTORHEAD really loud.
1)the wife and kids thought it was a hoot.
2)the neighbors ,I can't stand,stay the fuck even further away from me.
3)it's totally legal,my property,my stuff and done before the noise violation limits.

Now every time i cut the lawn, I see little shards of appliances and i have a wee little larf to meeself!

Sometimes I'm so particular about things it drives others nuts. So every now and then I do things like this to prove I'm NORMAL.

Ha,take care Merlina.Yer a cool doll and that should be good enough!

Submitted by lungfish at 2007-09-21 20:04:34 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

"I'm not the jealous type, I believe we don't 'own' each other and encourage him to do loads of stuff without me, whatever it takes to ensure he is as happy as he would be if he was alone - if that makes sense to you... I'm his friend, his lover, his cook"

-It took me a long time to find somebody like you. Yeah...she's OCD, too.

Submitted by Sacrilicious at 2007-09-21 19:53:52 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Psh..it's just time to go the bar. Aaaaand I'm off.

Submitted by Merlina at 2007-09-21 19:47:04 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Me too. The dinner party have waddled to bed. The Bloke has even gone up. I am alone with a glass of rapidly warming champagne and a Marlboro Light...

*yawn*

Submitted by EmissionImpossible at 2007-09-21 19:43:06 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I cant believe im still up.

Submitted by Merlina at 2007-09-21 19:38:54 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Thank you Molari, I'll keep working at it. its a daily battle. I've written this in a jokey way. Its not funny though, not really...

Thanks.

Submitted by Fucking foul at 2007-09-21 18:29:26 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

YOU FREAK

Just kidding. I don't have the OCD or anything, but I do love to clean. I find it soothing, especially bathrooms and kitchens. And I dust my shoe/handbag collection weekly.

Submitted by Quint at 2007-09-21 17:27:17 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Irish whore.

Submitted by Molari at 2007-09-21 16:54:28 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Merlina,

based on what you have written here, I don't think you should consider yourself insane at all. Yes you definitely have OCD. I doubt its hereditary, because I have it too, and the research I have seen doesn't suggest its hereditary. It more likely has to do with the way you were raised.

I totally sympathize with you. Its a cage that your own mind creates for itself. The worst part is that you can pick up more compulsions and make it worse for yourself . It sucks when you KNOW that what you are doing is irrational, but this sort of invisible force inside you makes you want to follow these compulsions anyway.

In the most severe cases (which you don't have to worry about), people become so trapped that they don't even have time to realize that their actions are irrational, and just keep acting out their compulsions, get trapped in a cycle. They can't even communicate effectively with others anymore and sometimes get locked up.

But you're lucky. If you are aware of it (and you are) then you CAN end it.

I know some people who have taken control of it, and I myself have almost completely gotten rid of it. The only way to beat it, is to realize that you CAN end it. Every time you have the urge, fight it as much as you can. Tell yourself its irrational, you don't need to do it. Even if at first you're compulsions win, keep at it. It will be frustrating, but if you stick with it, and KNOW (mnot think, KNOW) that you WILL fix this, it'll become easier, and then one day it will be gone.

Submitted by EatMeCompletely at 2007-09-21 16:49:19 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I feel your pain. I don't suffer from OCD; the people close to me do.

Submitted by hidden101 at 2007-09-21 16:29:45 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

i go through phases. for a week or two, every single thing in my house is in perfect order. if someone moves something even a single centimeter, i know it and i flip out. and i will do things in a certain order and if that order is disrupted, i don't know what to do with myself. i also must sleep on the side of the bed with the door. one time i was banging this chick i went on a date with and i ended up on the side of the bed next to the window instead of the door and i absolutely could not sleep.


then.... there are times when the house is in complete disarray. like right now. the dishes haven't been washed in two weeks. i eat out instead. there are beer cans and highball glasses everywhere. dirty clothes everywhere. fast food bags everywhere. it's a disgusting mess. once i start cleaning, though, i won't be able to stop and i'll go right back into OCD mode. it's a rollercoaster, i tell ya.


at least you know you're crazy and your boyfriend thinks it's cute. i can't stand it when people have no idea they are being annoying. at least i know when i'm doing it.

Submitted by Newty at 2007-09-21 16:09:28 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by BubbaEarl (user info) at 2007-09-21 14:50:42 EDT (#)
Ranking: 1

it seems that every other person has ocd or is bi-polar. it's just another label to slap on yourself.

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My mum's always coming up with new tendencies I have. I will not label myself as dyslexic/autistic/OCD or any of the other things she comes up with. They're just personality quirks god dammit.

Submitted by BubbaEarl at 2007-09-21 14:50:42 EDT (#)
Rating: 1

it seems that every other person has ocd or is bi-polar. it's just another label to slap on yourself.










some assholes say i'm disturbed.

Submitted by Amontillado at 2007-09-21 14:41:11 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I have some tendencies. Not full blown, of course.

Submitted by TheUniter at 2007-09-21 14:21:11 EDT (#)
Rating: 1


Submitted by inion_de_trua at 2007-09-21 14:01:05 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by Merlina (user info) at 2007-09-21 13:57:48 EDT (#)
Ranking: 0

Submitted by inion_de_trua (user info) at 2007-09-21 13:31:16 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

Submitted by Orgasmatron (user info) at 2007-09-21 12:05:09 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

I
HAVE
PROBLEMS
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we've read your poetry.

duh.
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That made me and The Bloke howl with laughter... classic comment.
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i am possibly as entertaining in reality. so i must meet him now and question him about your insanity.

while eating blackberry cheesecake.

Submitted by Orgasmatron at 2007-09-21 13:59:46 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by Hilarity_Ensues (user info) at 2007-09-21 13:54:59 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

Submitted by Orgasmatron (user info) at 2007-09-21 13:31:09 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

Submitted by Merlina (user info) at 2007-09-21 13:24:58 EDT (#)
Ranking: 0

Submitted by MyTeeOne (user info) at 2007-09-21 12:38:38 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

All the labels in the pantry faced out.
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Yeah mine too.

And my herbs and spices are separated and lined up A-Z....as are all things like cd's and dvd's (obviously)

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Not only do I keep CDs and DVDs in alphabetical order, I'll divide them up by genre before arranging them A to Z.
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Kevin? Is that you?

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I TOLD YOU TO NEVER USE MY REAL NAME HERE.
NOW BEND OVER AND PRESENT. IT'S PUNISHMENT TIME.

Submitted by Merlina at 2007-09-21 13:57:48 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Submitted by inion_de_trua (user info) at 2007-09-21 13:31:16 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

Submitted by Orgasmatron (user info) at 2007-09-21 12:05:09 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

I
HAVE
PROBLEMS
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we've read your poetry.

duh.
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That made me and The Bloke howl with laughter... classic comment.

Submitted by Hilarity_Ensues at 2007-09-21 13:54:59 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by Orgasmatron (user info) at 2007-09-21 13:31:09 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

Submitted by Merlina (user info) at 2007-09-21 13:24:58 EDT (#)
Ranking: 0

Submitted by MyTeeOne (user info) at 2007-09-21 12:38:38 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

All the labels in the pantry faced out.
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Yeah mine too.

And my herbs and spices are separated and lined up A-Z....as are all things like cd's and dvd's (obviously)

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Not only do I keep CDs and DVDs in alphabetical order, I'll divide them up by genre before arranging them A to Z.
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Kevin? Is that you?

Submitted by The_Yellow_Dart at 2007-09-21 13:48:08 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by Sacrilicious (user info) at 2007-09-21 13:25:22 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

I'm the exact opposite of below. I need to eat a bit of everything until I'm done. Although I usually try to save some of whatever is my favorite for the last bite.
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Do you eat the red ones last?

Submitted by Merlina at 2007-09-21 13:46:25 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Submitted by Anansie (user info) at 2007-09-21 13:35:16 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

Sometimes I rearrange my boyfriend's graphic novel shelf... only a little, just enough to make him wonder what's out of place.

No reason, really. Just because.
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HAHAHAHAHAHA

Submitted by Shlongy at 2007-09-21 13:39:58 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I also like to alphabetize my underwear.

It's a foolproof system.

Submitted by inion_de_trua at 2007-09-21 13:38:31 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by Merlina (user info) at 2007-09-21 13:24:58 EDT (#)
Ranking: 0

Submitted by MyTeeOne (user info) at 2007-09-21 12:38:38 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

All the labels in the pantry faced out.
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Yeah mine too.

And my herbs and spices are separated and lined up A-Z....as are all things like cd's and dvd's (obviously)


AAARGGGHH
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i tend to order stackable things by size. but then again my piles of books have to go by size otherwise they fall over and kill me.

Submitted by Anansie at 2007-09-21 13:35:16 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Sometimes I rearrange my boyfriend's graphic novel shelf... only a little, just enough to make him wonder what's out of place.

No reason, really. Just because.

Submitted by Merlina at 2007-09-21 13:32:06 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

HAH AHAHA SACCY!

You do a 'last bite' - oh my god, both him and I do that!!! Excellent!!

Submitted by inion_de_trua at 2007-09-21 13:31:16 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by Orgasmatron (user info) at 2007-09-21 12:05:09 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

I
HAVE
PROBLEMS
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we've read your poetry.

duh.

Submitted by Orgasmatron at 2007-09-21 13:31:09 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by Merlina (user info) at 2007-09-21 13:24:58 EDT (#)
Ranking: 0

Submitted by MyTeeOne (user info) at 2007-09-21 12:38:38 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

All the labels in the pantry faced out.
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Yeah mine too.

And my herbs and spices are separated and lined up A-Z....as are all things like cd's and dvd's (obviously)

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Not only do I keep CDs and DVDs in alphabetical order, I'll divide them up by genre before arranging them A to Z.




PS - I know you really, really, want me to validate your old balls existence by chowing down on your wang. I get it, the old buck wants to feel young again by feeding off the vigor of youth. Unfortunately I was talking about full meals below, not appetizers, and I hardly thing your wrinkled pig in a blanket qualifies as satisfying or filling.

Submitted by Shlongy at 2007-09-21 13:25:40 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Just don't go into a discourse on how you eat dick, Orgasmo. Spare us.

Submitted by Sacrilicious at 2007-09-21 13:25:22 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I'm the exact opposite of below. I need to eat a bit of everything until I'm done. Although I usually try to save some of whatever is my favorite for the last bite. And I must have lots of drink with my meal.

Submitted by Merlina at 2007-09-21 13:24:58 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Submitted by MyTeeOne (user info) at 2007-09-21 12:38:38 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

All the labels in the pantry faced out.
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Yeah mine too.

And my herbs and spices are separated and lined up A-Z....as are all things like cd's and dvd's (obviously)


AAARGGGHH

Submitted by Orgasmatron at 2007-09-21 13:21:47 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Typically I eat all of my food items one at a time. I don't mind if they touch - I know there are some people out there who get up in arms about that noise - but sometimes I'll just absently do away with one, then another, then another.

I often don't drink until I'm done eating. I'm not really a mix and match sort of guy.

Submitted by Orgasmatron at 2007-09-21 13:19:39 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Anansie - You mean if I fail at the Gas Pump Game? I've come to accept it as a part of life.



I also started to eat green beans, which I hated as a kid, by convincing myself that if I was in the Holocaust I'd kill for some fucking green beans and so I shouldn't be a little shit and not eat them anymore. I'd pay to go back and meet a 12 year old me and shake his hand for coming up with such a brilliant idea.

Submitted by Anansie at 2007-09-21 13:14:16 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by Orgasmatron (user info) at 2007-09-21 13:11:12 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

This isn't OCD but it's something I always do:

When I'm at a gas station and I'm done filling up I participate in a race against the pump. I try to replace the nozzle, get the gas cap and twist it back on tight before the pump beeps and asks me if I want a receipt. I probably 'win' one out of every thirty attempts. Those bitches are quick. Quick like bunny.

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How do you live with yourself?

Submitted by Orgasmatron at 2007-09-21 13:11:12 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

This isn't OCD but it's something I always do:

When I'm at a gas station and I'm done filling up I participate in a race against the pump. I try to replace the nozzle, get the gas cap and twist it back on tight before the pump beeps and asks me if I want a receipt. I probably 'win' one out of every thirty attempts. Those bitches are quick. Quick like bunny.

Submitted by Crystle at 2007-09-21 12:49:51 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

The new Anti-Oprah! I'll watch, I'll read, I'll laugh, I'll cry...
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Submitted by forensicgirl3 (user info) at 2007-09-21 09:38:13 PDT (#)
Ranking: 2

Circe needs to write a book on parenting and domestic philosophy(ies).

It'll be brilliant and a bestseller.

They'll probably make a sindicated show from it too.

Submitted by Anansie at 2007-09-21 12:42:16 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

All the crazies are coming out of the woodwork. This is awesome.

My father is a crazy religious fanatic. I'm not saying he's crazy because of religion, only that the two interact and build on each other. He's very, very, very paranoid.

He impressed upon me the importance of (aka raised me to be paranoid about) demons, psycho killers (who are apparently everywhere), computer viruses (later in life), illness, and lots of little things... pretty much anything bad that can happen to a person.

I wasn't allowed out after dark until I turned 18.

It took a while to shake all that off. Whenever I feel myself getting overly paranoid about something I assume it's because of his influence. All things considered, once I got out of the house, I was able to "normalize" to the point where I am only paranoid about my health and locking doors at night.

I do lock all my doors at night, including my bedroom, but that's just sensible, and a holdover from when I was living alone.

I do keep a knife by the bed, though.

Submitted by MyTeeOne at 2007-09-21 12:38:38 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I feel ya doll. My place was always in PERFECT condition when I lived alone. It might need a good scrubbing, but everything was in it's place and every place had it's thing. All the labels in the pantry faced out. The dishwasher was always loaded the same way... and so.

I live with a roommate now who is beyond a slob. I have to take a lot of deep breaths and look the other way A LOT. He mentioned that I have been getting better.

Submitted by forensicgirl3 at 2007-09-21 12:38:13 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Circe needs to write a book on parenting and domestic philosophy(ies).

It'll be brilliant and a bestseller.

They'll probably make a sindicated show from it too.

Submitted by Crystle at 2007-09-21 12:26:32 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

OH MAN! AHahahahahahahaha


I love you all -


Creep - that was just about the sweetest thing I've ever read.

Angel - Can I send you my extra alarms? Although I know they're necessary, I don't see why I need 3 fire alarms within 3 feet of each other (bedroom, hallway, bedroom) sigh...

Inion - I'll hire you to do my cleaning any time

FG - that's not OCD! That's just the right way to do laundry so as not to ruin your clothes. MEN!

Circe - you are seriously awesome. Almost every review makes me crack up. That was THE BEST.

Merlina - yeah, you're adorable. And I have fringe for you to straiten too! I also have the most adorable hand held vacuum, so you can vacuum the fringe straight. TWO BIRDS, ONE STONE!


ALLS OF YOU NEED TO COME OVER TO MY HOUSE AND OBSESS FOR ME!

Submitted by Shlongy at 2007-09-21 12:08:29 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

When I traveled, I used to carry a black leather, hard shell briefcase because:

1) It looked cool
1b) I looked important
2) Especially since I used to wear a black leather motorcycle jacket when I flew

All the stewardesses wanted to do me. And a couple of stewards, probably.

But I couldn't find ANYTHING when it came time to look for it or when I needed it.

So I switched to a knapsack...and when that got to be a pain, now I try and jam everything into a dayplanner.

I suspect most people are actually like us when it comes to travel...always worried that you've misplaced something...47 times per leg of the travel.

Submitted by Orgasmatron at 2007-09-21 12:05:09 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by Sacrilicious (user info) at 2007-09-21 11:41:36 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

Submitted by Shlongy (user info) at 2007-09-21 11:24:43 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

Submitted by Orgasmatron (user info) at 2007-09-21 10:54:09 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

I'm pretty carefree and more spontaneous than not, but God help me if I'm travelling with documents like a passport or tickets or something. I'll check on those fuckers every ten minutes. When flying up to Boston we had our Fenway tickets in-hand ahead of time, but every so often in the airport I'd check in my bag to make sure they were there. I even did it on the fucking plane too.


Me, too.

same with my wallet and keys. Every 5 fucking minutes, 24 hours a day. Ugh.

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I'm the same way with passport/tickets..only I still manage to fuck it up sometimes. Once I found myself on a train (one of two)to NYC to see Roger Waters. The tickets were on the kitchen table. We had to get off the train, get one back, walk the mile back home and BACK to the station, and missed our connection. FUN.

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I'm the asshole that actually freaks out while standing in line waiting to board an airplane because I can't find my boarding pass in my bag when, in fact, it's because I have the stupid fucking thing in my hand or pocket.

Actually I'm the King of the Cargo Pants/Shorts when I travel. Foreign or domestic, it doesn't matter where. I require pockets, many pockets, to make sure I have enough room to stow away all the little bullshit that I won't be able to keep my mind off while I'm up and about. Do I use the in-room safe at a hotel? Are you fucking kidding me? BAM, cargo pocket. Do I leave my passport/credit card/ticket/whatever in a bag at the beach? Fuck you, BAM, cargo pocket. Do I leave my passport/credit card/hotel key/whatever in a bag if I go in the ocean? Hells no. BAM, plastic sealable bag, cargo pocket.

I
HAVE
PROBLEMS

Submitted by Brdn_Nkd at 2007-09-21 11:42:17 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by Sacrilicious at 2007-09-21 11:41:36 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by Shlongy (user info) at 2007-09-21 11:24:43 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

Submitted by Orgasmatron (user info) at 2007-09-21 10:54:09 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

I'm pretty carefree and more spontaneous than not, but God help me if I'm travelling with documents like a passport or tickets or something.
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I'm the same way with passport/tickets..only I still manage to fuck it up sometimes. Once I found myself on a train (one of two)to NYC to see Roger Waters. The tickets were on the kitchen table. We had to get off the train, get one back, walk the mile back home and BACK to the station, and missed our connection. FUN.

Submitted by St_Jimmy at 2007-09-21 11:34:12 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I seem to recall reading something somewhere about mental conditioning exercises one can do to help (not completely cure) OCD symptoms.

Something like messing up the rug and instead of fixing it right away, talk about exactly what the messed up rug is doing to you/making you feel. Then fix it after some length of time has elapsed.

If you repeat this while increasing the length of time between messing up the rug and fixing it, eventually you'll "rewire" yourself away from that compulsion.

Course you'd have to repeat this many, many, many times, but I should hardly think that'd be a problem for you. :P

Anyway, it's not surgery or drugs, but it is so tedious that you'd probably only want to use it for behaviors that noticibly disrupt your life.

Submitted by Circe at 2007-09-21 11:32:27 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I'm both very neat and incredibly lazy. For this reason, I can't relax unless the house is spotless and everything is done, but I can't be bothered doing anything. I just nap a lot to avoid looking at the mess. Sure, the kids sometimes get lost or injured while I"m sleeping, but it's character building for them. The only thing I vacuum in the entire house is the dog, because I figure I should stop tumbleweeds of fur at the source and also because he'll come right up to where I'm lying on the floor and let me vacuum him and that way I don't gotta move. He also eats the food scraps I can't be bothered cleaning up. He's very useful, unlike the kids, who mainly just cry that they don't have any clean clothes to wear to school and the other kids tease them for wearing sheets of newspaper held on with butcher's twine. Character building, again, and I'll never understand their lack of gratitude. I always worry that I forgot to lock the doors when I go out, so I don't leave the house anymore. It's safe in here, well at least it's safer than it was because I got my tetanus shot last week and lockjaw is no fucking laughing matter, I'll tell you what. I adopt a holistic approach to housecleaning - yes, the spilled food might breed bacteria, but the spilled alcohol will fix that right up. Sure, the bathroom might be growing mold, but on the other hand the kids can just lick the shower curtain to cure any infections they might pick up. Like not washing your hair, it's a method that finds its own natural balance eventually. I also don't wash my hair.

Submitted by rorrim at 2007-09-21 11:31:09 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

1st review not concerning body parts below.

Submitted by Shlongy at 2007-09-21 11:24:43 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by Orgasmatron (user info) at 2007-09-21 10:54:09 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

I'm pretty carefree and more spontaneous than not, but God help me if I'm travelling with documents like a passport or tickets or something. I'll check on those fuckers every ten minutes. When flying up to Boston we had our Fenway tickets in-hand ahead of time, but every so often in the airport I'd check in my bag to make sure they were there. I even did it on the fucking plane too.


Me, too.

same with my wallet and keys. Every 5 fucking minutes, 24 hours a day. Ugh.

Submitted by mystiamoon at 2007-09-21 11:16:02 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

ow alot of OCD around here eh?

All of my weird quirks are usually people related and not object related.

Like I CANNOT sleep around other people. I can't tell you how many sleepless nights i've had at the start of a relationship ot when my friends come crying to my place after a fight with their spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend and end up staying the night.
Once i get comfortable with someone it gets better, but i still sleep way less sound if there is another person in my bed or even in the other room. So many boyfriends have gotten pissed at me because i don't want to sleep over. I always come home alone to sleep even if I have to be back over there house first thing in the morning for various plans.

Even as a kid, i would call my mom in the middle of the night to come get me from a sleepover at a friends cause i couldn't sleep.

As i get older it gets a little better, but when i was younger i avoided weekend trips with friends and boyfriends cause i knew i'd get NO sleep.

I also have an open window phobia. I cannot relax at all if a window or even just the blinds are open when it's dar outside or during the day if the window faces another house and their windows. I drive past homes at night, curtains wide open, door open, i can see what they are watching on t'v and i have no idea how they can just let anyone see into their house. maybe that just comes from being on my own so long , or my mom having a stalker when i was a kid who we caught looking in the window at 3 am one night armed with a knife.

I have NEVER slept with an open window in my life. When my mom would open my windows on nice nights when i was a kid , i'd have fits. she wouldn't close them and i couldn't so i'd wait till she went to bed and take my blankets and pillows and sleep in the hall where there was no windows. Not OCD but totally a phobia

No one else in my family on either side is like me in these ways. My mother could sleep in front of an audience and opens every window in the house, even after the stalker thing.

Submitted by lover101 at 2007-09-21 11:08:03 EDT (#)
Rating: 1

some scientists think that everyone has ocd in some shape or form

Submitted by Orgasmatron at 2007-09-21 10:54:09 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I'm pretty carefree and more spontaneous than not, but God help me if I'm travelling with documents like a passport or tickets or something. I'll check on those fuckers every ten minutes. When flying up to Boston we had our Fenway tickets in-hand ahead of time, but every so often in the airport I'd check in my bag to make sure they were there. I even did it on the fucking plane too.

Like, what, some goddamn underpants gnomes, self-aware neutrons or bitch-ass garden snakes are going to find their way on the airplane, sneak into my carry-on and away with my tickets? I feel like Nicholson in As Good As It Gets constantly asking if the restaurant serves hard shell crabs.

I'm sure there's a name for a condition involving fear of losing important pieces of paper. Whatever it is, I have it.

Submitted by rorrim at 2007-09-21 10:45:31 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

+2 for the post and +2 for the reviews..

Let's just say i'm not average. And not just in the positive sense.

Submitted by Merlina at 2007-09-21 10:43:10 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Submitted by BLITZKREIG_BOB (user info) at 2007-09-21 10:16:10 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

This describes my wife to a letter. But, I was suspecting that it was nesting instinct more than OCD. I have loads of fun mixing her stuff around.
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Oh yes, the nesting instinct just makes it worse.. women tend to get this more often but as many men as women have OCD. Not that I've met one other than my brother. He's so neat he's practically a GIRL.

Submitted by inion_de_trua at 2007-09-21 10:40:48 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Submitted by forensicgirl3 (user info) at 2007-09-21 10:14:19 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

My closet is very dark on average but I also have to attempt to blend in at the workplace.
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i recommend putting fake leaves on your work clothes and then standing in a corner. you can be an office plant :D

Submitted by BLITZKREIG_BOB at 2007-09-21 10:16:10 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

This describes my wife to a letter. But, I was suspecting that it was nesting instinct more than OCD. I have loads of fun mixing her stuff around.

Submitted by forensicgirl3 at 2007-09-21 10:14:19 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

My closet is very dark on average but I also have to attempt to blend in at the workplace.

Submitted by Yozz at 2007-09-21 10:12:58 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I think I live with you.

Submitted by inion_de_trua at 2007-09-21 09:58:36 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Submitted by forensicgirl3 (user info) at 2007-09-21 09:36:27 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

Whites (with bleach)
Light colors (beiges and pastels)
Medium colors (purples, greens, blues, etc.)
Darks (browns, blacks, denims)
Towels & unmentionables
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i just don't see you as an owner of pastels that aren't unmentionables. and even then, i picture you with black knickers (not that i really picture you like that at all)

Submitted by Merlina at 2007-09-21 09:56:56 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

I love you lot for not making me feel crazy.

Forensic - I forgot you were too!!ha ha ha..

Submitted by DirtyHarry at 2007-09-21 09:50:29 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Yeah, I got those OCD tendencies too, 1, 3, and 4 on your list among others. Like, I cannot skip songs on a CD or on a DVD, if somebody does start skipping around I will start to feel sick.

Submitted by monkeyswithguns at 2007-09-21 09:38:58 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I don't really believe in psychology, I think it more a pseudoscience, as it is FAR from exact. but I know I have some tendancies to be obsessive.
I had a carpet with fringes, and I actually got a calming effect from picking the lint balls and hair from it with my fingers. I would do this for almost 30 min./1hour per night, depending on whether or not I had something else to occupy myself with.
SO I got rid of the carpet.
The thing you did with the red dish, I do it compulsively with the remote controls. I set them in a certain place, and if they aren't in that place, they will be when I find out.
the list goes on, but I won't.

Submitted by forensicgirl3 at 2007-09-21 09:36:27 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I feel you on this.

We've talked about this. How's the rug fringe? hahahaha

We should have totally shared a place. We would have had fun OCD feeding off one another. Stuff of sitcoms I tells ya!

Food cannot touch. EVAH! Sure there are somethings like salads that must be mixed, but I'm talking about the dinner plate. Food can't just be slopped on there and allowed to mix. I've been know to send something back and request that it be place on seperate plates. I tip very well though.

FOOD SEGREGATION FOREVER!

I hate crud on the floor. I honestly like looking at new mops and vacuums.

Laundry.....don't EVEN get me started.

Whites (with bleach)
Light colors (beiges and pastels)
Medium colors (purples, greens, blues, etc.)
Darks (browns, blacks, denims)
Towels & unmentionables

Just the right amount of detergents
Wait for the rinse
Fabric softener
Dryer sheets

Once The Man (my version of The Bloke) asked if he could do laundry at my place. I about fainted when he threw his darks in with his mint green & blue towels and some white socks.

I took his laundry away from him and redid it all. I think I frightened him a little. He said I looked crazed when I shook a sock and a pair of dark denim jeans at him and said "NEVER do this."

He mixes his peas in with his mashed potatos. I just about have a seizure watching him.

He finally understand what the fingernail brushes are for. I have one at each sink around the place and one in the shower.

And finally he's started throw his gum wrappers away as soon as he unwraps one.

And he's gotten good at catching the coasters I throw at him.

Submitted by EmissionImpossible at 2007-09-21 09:20:02 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

My best mate, Gary is obsessive compulsive, I quite like him being like that as I enjoy being told when ive been rubbish, not in a kinky way, just llike to know so i can do it right the next time.

He once moaned at me because i put the top back on a jar the wrong way round though :)

Submitted by inion_de_trua at 2007-09-21 09:16:01 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

i cleaned josie's kitchen :(

Submitted by Hilarity_Ensues at 2007-09-21 09:13:12 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Haha, Inion, you remember me in the hotel at NYC? Complete cleaning lunacy.

Submitted by inion_de_trua at 2007-09-21 09:10:31 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

i try to do one good clean and then upkeep. but for some reason if i'm at someone else's house i LOVE to clean. my friends take advantage of this. when my babymama was still living up state and had just had my goddaughter i'd walk into her house and within 15 minutes i'd have the dishes cleared and a load of laundry going in the washer.

not to mention me wiping down every hard surface in the house.

i'mo hire myself out.

Submitted by CaptainThorns at 2007-09-21 08:57:34 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I would wager that Uber wrecks the curve when it comes to a percentage of the population being afflicted with mental disorders or conditions of some sort.

That being said, you ain't alone. :)

Submitted by Merlina at 2007-09-21 08:55:20 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Ah Hilarity, you are very like me. Only three people knew where I lived when I lived alone. And that is including family. I can't bear peopl eturning up on me.

Since living with the bloke I am better, but his being untidy (and he is very untidy) had to change. I prefer to do the housework (because I think I do it better) so I told him if he does the little things like not leaving cups in the dishwasher after using, then I'd not mind doing everything else.

Monica has NOTHING on me. I adore cleaning.

Submitted by EmissionImpossible at 2007-09-21 08:48:24 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by Hilarity_Ensues (user info) at 2007-09-21 13:34:45 BST (#)
Ranking: 2

You know, EM, the last time someone asked me why I did stuff just so in my house I explained it to him. He never hung out with me again. Luckily, he was just a friend of a friend, so I was no skin off my ass.

I'll tell you though.

Fires: I have a ridiculous amount of Fire/CO detectors in my house - 5 in an area no more than 1,000 square feet.

Breaking & Enterings: I'm so terrified of someone breaking into my house and hurting me/my animanls, that I barricade my house at all times. My bedroom is set up just so where I have weapons within reach at all times. One of these weapons is a very large tatical knife. When asked 'why a knife?' by the friend of a friend, my response was, 'so I can slit his throat and watch him die.

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I can understand that. I was like that when I lived with my parents because I was paranoid of them getting burgled or attacked due to my incompetence. As far the fire thing I just worry about the guy who stays in the room next to me as he locks his bedroom door and I pray theres no fire as he is not as well prepared as you!

I must admit its a very scary thought to be attaked in your home but I decdided long ago not to worry about my life and try and help other peoples.

That may sound gay but bits based upon experience.

Submitted by Newty at 2007-09-21 08:42:16 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Whenever my best friend comes round and we bake together he always has to wash his hands SO many times, then he has to check the taps to see if they're off,then checks again, then again, then washes his hands again...

He stops after a while at which point I deem it's safe to let him near the knives and make him do all the chopping.

And whenever I pick him up from his house he makes me go round with him and check all the taps are off, then do it himself, then check all the switches, check the doors, the windows ect ect ect.

It doesn't really bother me though, he's too nice to get angry at. He apologises about it all the time.

Submitted by Hilarity_Ensues at 2007-09-21 08:34:45 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

You know, EM, the last time someone asked me why I did stuff just so in my house I explained it to him. He never hung out with me again. Luckily, he was just a friend of a friend, so I was no skin off my ass.

I'll tell you though.

Fires: I have a ridiculous amount of Fire/CO detectors in my house - 5 in an area no more than 1,000 square feet.

Breaking & Enterings: I'm so terrified of someone breaking into my house and hurting me/my animanls, that I barricade my house at all times. My bedroom is set up just so where I have weapons within reach at all times. One of these weapons is a very large tatical knife. When asked 'why a knife?' by the friend of a friend, my response was, 'so I can slit his throat and watch him die.


Submitted by Shlongy at 2007-09-21 08:32:11 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Good title.

Submitted by EmissionImpossible at 2007-09-21 08:27:31 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

You lock your cdoor whilst your asleep? what if there is a fire?

Submitted by jamowilly40 at 2007-09-21 08:26:46 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

You know, I could probably punch you in the face like 50 times or something and I bet you'd be cured.

Submitted by Hilarity_Ensues at 2007-09-21 08:23:08 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

My newest obsession is making sure the doors are always locked, the windows are closed and locked always, and my bedroom door is closed and locked before I go to sleep.

Submitted by Hilarity_Ensues at 2007-09-21 08:18:20 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Yeah, I feel for my boyfriend sometimes. I've rearranged his entire house to be just so. When he saw this, he decided to move things. We almost got to the point of fist fighting over that and I teared up. I do the same thing as you though, I verbalized to him and others how I know what I do is crazy, but I can't help it. It's a burning compulsion inside me.

Everything has it's place, and everything should be in it's place.

My roommate never, NEVER cleans the house to my liking. Since we alternate weekends, every other weekend I find myself ranting and raving from the time I start cleaning till the time I end. By the end, I'm so physically and mentally exhausted, I usually go to sleep.

All of my friends have know for years and years that 'just dropping by' my house is strictly prohibited. I will not let anyone, no exceptions, into the house if I haven't just sterilized it. At my old apartment, where I lived alone, my obsessions were A LOT worse. No one saw the inside of my apartment for 2 years b/c I wouldn't let anyone in. I've discovered living with someone keeps me somewhat in check b/c I don't want to appear to be a raving lunatic.

My desk at work is another sore subject. Standing rule is - NO ONE TOUCHES OR TAKES ANYTHING OFF OF MY DESK. Everything is just so, lined up, and properly situated.

Submitted by creep_firebombing at 2007-09-21 08:12:29 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Submitted by Merlina (user info) at 2007-09-21 07:54:36 EDT (#)
Ranking: 0

ah Creep, you certainly have OCD. Its good when you learn to control it, hey?

I used to think that diagnosis of this and similar were a load of rubbish. Even knowing I had it, I thought pff, no I don't, I'm just fussy!

But it is impossibly hard to explain how ir makes you feel. I guess, like with various 'afflictions', you don't know what it's like unless you've had it yourself.


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[sigh] Yeah, I suppose I do have OCD. I'm still in the I-refuse-to-talk-to-a-professional phase for various reasons, not the least of which is EVERYONE seems to have some sort of disorder nowadays. The shit is cooler than slap bracelets and hypercolor t-shirts. A kid can't just be a lazy little fuckhead anymore. Now he's got ADD, ADHD, or the new popular one that sounds like you're saying "ass burgers" but is no doubt named for some prolific German psychologist. What is it, Asperger's Disorder? Whatever. It's a new way of saying, "You're retarded so you don't have to be responsible for your actions and you deserve special treatment." Makes me fucking sick. I'm ranting now.

But anyway, you're right.

Submitted by Merlina at 2007-09-21 07:56:29 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Submitted by inion_de_trua (user info) at 2007-09-21 07:52:03 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

i would get rid of everything with a fringe you know.
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Ha ha ha - Both my brother and sister have cut the fringes off their rugs. The Bloke won't let me because it cost a fortune and he bought it. It's a joke between us now, and he is so sweet that when he's clearing up (rarely) he straightens them a bit with his fingers.. cute.

Submitted by Merlina at 2007-09-21 07:54:36 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

ah Creep, you certainly have OCD. Its good when you learn to control it, hey?

I used to think that diagnosis of this and similar were a load of rubbish. Even knowing I had it, I thought pff, no I don't, I'm just fussy!

But it is impossibly hard to explain how ir makes you feel. I guess, like with various 'afflictions', you don't know what it's like unless you've had it yourself.

Submitted by inion_de_trua at 2007-09-21 07:52:03 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

i would get rid of everything with a fringe you know.

Submitted by creep_firebombing at 2007-09-21 07:45:22 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

The doll's trying to kill me, and the toaster's been laughing at me.

-- Homer Simpson
Treehouse of Horror III
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I haven't been diagnosed with anything, but I've always had my suspicions. I absolutely can't sleep unless all of my personal effects are properly placed for the morning. I check every door and every window to make sure it's locked before going to bed or leaving the house. I turn off everything that I'm not using at that exact moment, sometimes even unplugging things that I think might be somehow draining electricity while just sitting there. I have to be 15 minutes early everywhere I go. Everywhere. In a restaurant or bar, I HAVE to sit facing the door. I've broken out in a sweat and couldn't relax all night one time when I arrived right on time at a bar to meet friends and someone was already there and had taken the seat facing the door. I didn't want to ask him to move because that would just be wierd so I sat there FREAKED THE FUCK OUT for most of the night and made some excuse to leave early. Let's see, what else....Oh, I check the alarm clock three times before I can sleep. Once to make sure the alarm is set for my wake up time, once to check that it's set for AM and not PM, and once to check that the alarm feature is activated. And don't even get me started on the true and sincere hatred I have for people that touch my face.

I've dialed a lot of things back though. I used to be really bad about things and, frankly speaking, my wife is a slob. She'll leave a red plastic SOLO cup and the wrapper from a pack of Fig Newtons on the computer desk for a fucking week if I don't take care of it or lose my shit and scream at her. I think that's partly why I love her so much. She evens me out. I'll scrub the place down top to bottom, I mean literally sterilize our entire home, and she'll come through like a tornado and just fuck my whole world up. No, she's not throwing shit around like a crazed ape, but she'll leave her shoes in the middle of the floor, sit on the couch sweaty after she just got back from the gym, leave macaroni and cheese in the pot on the stove until it dries out. Just stuff that grosses me out and makes me batshit insane. In the beginning of our marriage I don't think she knew how close we were to divorce because I simply could not tolerate her presence in my polished sterile white porcelain world. She made me want to go outside and destroy a brand new Mercedes with a sledgehammer, but goddamnit, I need her. I love her more than anything and she makes me happy. So I had to force myself to not let those things bother me so damn much. I still freak out sometimes, sure. And I still like to face towards the front door of a restaurant, but I'm happy. And now I've got a beautiful baby girl that likes to do repulsive things like slobber on a graham cracker and smear it on my face.


...and it doesn't bother me one bit.


...well maybe a little, but that's what baby wipes are for.

Submitted by Merlina at 2007-09-21 07:30:15 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Submitted by MyNameIsTim (user info) at 2007-09-21 07:21:51 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

being completely normal and well adjusted...i firmly believe that all mental illnesses are the result of the afflicted being mentally weak and/or dumb.
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I'm neither dumb, nor weak.

Quite the opposite.


Submitted by Flying_buttmonkey at 2007-09-21 07:24:58 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I've always found your little foibles quite endearing, but then I don't have to live with them. I DO however, have to live with Shaz and HER nightmare OCD. Sometimes I entertain myself by going into her room and rearranging the books out of the order that she wants to read them but it gets such a visceral reaction it's not worth the tantrums. She buys a pair of shoes? An older pair must get thrown away. Spelling mistake on a hand written ANYTHING, it gets thrown away and she starts again. I work with a girl who can only buy things in even numbers. If they come in packets of five or three then she buys two.

I don't have anything like this. I recruited all of my friends to try and think up a weirdness of mine and I just don't have any! (Other than only writing in black ink, but I don't think that's OCD)

Submitted by MyNameIsTim at 2007-09-21 07:21:51 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

being completely normal and well adjusted...i firmly believe that all mental illnesses are the result of the afflicted being mentally weak and/or dumb.

just stop doing it. have 'the bloke' slap you upside the head every time you try to do something crazy like fuck with the coffee table. pretty soon you'll associate being OCD with getting smacked up side the head.

and you'll be normal again.

or just wrap your head around it.

(which i'm aware you're trying to do. but just do it.0

Submitted by Nellypaal at 2007-09-21 06:17:10 EDT (#)
Rating: 1

I've straightened rug tassles etc. but apparently it's just because I'm a Virgo. Stupid astrology-believing fools.

Submitted by EmissionImpossible at 2007-09-21 05:36:39 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

clutered maybe a better word.......

Submitted by Merlina at 2007-09-21 05:29:04 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

You untidy?

Submitted by EmissionImpossible at 2007-09-21 05:22:55 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Never come round to visit me Merlina, EVER. I think you may be horified.

Submitted by Merlina at 2007-09-21 05:09:43 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Submitted by Berty (user info) at 2007-09-21 04:55:23 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

A good routine has stopped Jack Dee dying on stage for years.
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ha haha ha

Submitted by Merlina at 2007-09-21 05:09:09 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Submitted by orphelia (user info) at 2007-09-21 04:57:16 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

It drives me potty. Even if someone else helps out it makes me feel uneasy that they might not be doing it properly. Is that OCD or being a control freak? That cartoon rocks.
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That could be being fastidious, unless there are tons (and I mean tons) of other things that upset you. I think the way to tell is how upset you are. I am reduced to tears by untidiness.

Submitted by orphelia at 2007-09-21 04:57:16 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

It drives me potty. Even if someone else helps out it makes me feel uneasy that they might not be doing it properly. Is that OCD or being a control freak? That cartoon rocks.

Submitted by Berty at 2007-09-21 04:55:23 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

There is nothing wrong with being a stickler for routine. Routines stop you getting locked out of the house, they stop you from leaving taps running or unnecesary lights on. They stop you taking more than 7.4 minutes at the supermarket. In some, dare I say many, scenarios routine saves lives. A good routine has stopped Jack Dee dying on stage for years.

Submitted by mystiamoon at 2007-09-21 04:53:54 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

i wish i could catch the cleaning part of OCD.
how nice it must be to want to do housework.
i do it but hate every minute of it.

Submitted by orphelia at 2007-09-21 04:51:30 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I know exactly what you mean especially 4. and 6. Before I go out anywhere for the night I have to spend at least a couple of hours cleaning the entire house. If I go out leaving a mess I can't relax.

Submitted by EmissionImpossible at 2007-09-21 04:46:06 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

love that cartoon by the way

Submitted by Merlina at 2007-09-21 04:43:37 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Submitted by mystiamoon (user info) at 2007-09-21 04:15:40 EDT (#)
Ranking: 2

did you ever think the food thing may make it worse at times?
it sounds as if you are seriously limiting your nutrition.
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Yes, I know. I don't mean I eat the same thing 3 times a day - I meant to say for evening meal mostly - apart from the mushroom one - that WAS for breakfast, lunch and dinner - but that was twenty years ago. I have got better, but the food is part of the OCD. Its a continual battle of routine, routine, routine.

These days I just eat the same breakfast every day (Special K cereal with fruit), the same lunch (egg and tomato & avacado salad) and TRY to vary my evening meal.

I want salmon and brocolli tonight, I just can't.

Submitted by EmissionImpossible at 2007-09-21 04:24:31 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

HEAR YE HEAR YE EI's CAMWHORE IS UP!

Submitted by mystiamoon at 2007-09-21 04:18:51 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

I'm not trying to get into the whole food debate but just eating so much salmon could cause a serious level of toxic metals like mercury to accumulate in the body. Toxic metals are known to severly effect mental function and well being.


just my 2 cents

Submitted by mystiamoon at 2007-09-21 04:15:40 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

did you ever think the food thing may make it worse at times?
it sounds as if you are seriously limiting your nutrition.
the salmon and broccoli was ok but still very limited in the variety of vitamins and nutrients needed to make the entire body and all it's systems function.

I'm not saying diet and vitamins are acure for OCD at all, just saying keeping your internal systems properly fueled might help. I know first hand how much what you put in your body affects your well being.

Submitted by DrogoRoch at 2007-09-21 04:13:14 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

"The daft thing is - is when I'm saying all this to him, I am also shouting "Yes I CAN hear myself and how ridiculous this is, but I can't help it, I'm a mess and I can't explain it".
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Oh my god. Did we date??? hehehehehe

I remember having a very similar experience.

I have OCD about my hands and end up washing them as often as possible. if I touch anything that I havent cleaned myself then I have to wash my hands. a few times

My family is very weird my Scottish Granny was insane, but thats how I loved her.

As far as I am concerned everyone else is weird if they dont have these little weirdnesses about them.

Who would actually WANT to be normal and boring?

Submitted by Merlina at 2007-09-21 04:01:33 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

another one I forgot to mention is a food one. Through various times in my life I choose something I like and eat that and only that for sometimes years. For 3 years I ate only musrooms on toast. When I was sixteen I only ate boiled potates with onion gravy.

The most recent was steamed salmon and steamed brocolli. I've just got out of that one that lasted two years. I have no idea why this happens...

Submitted by hour_man at 2007-09-21 03:55:17 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

woah.... someone I know behaves like this....

Submitted by EmissionImpossible at 2007-09-21 03:42:01 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Merlina you are the loveliest person on Uber and if I knew you Im sure you still would be. You have a kind heart and a amazing way about you.

Anyway stay tuned for a loony camwhore!

Submitted by ChaosJester at 2007-09-21 03:26:37 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Sympathy +2.
I'm glad that the only hereditary mental illnesses that I have to worry about is a predilection towards raging alcoholism/drug addiction.
Somewhare along the way, though, I managed to pick up more than my fair share of paranoia.
Still, as I once saw on a T-shirt, "Just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean that they aren't out to get you".

I'm glad that you at least understand that you have a problem and continually stuggle to minimalize it. Too many try to just wish it away and, therefore, become all the worse for it.

Submitted by Merlina at 2007-09-21 03:23:44 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

Kirk: What makes you guys so special?

Homer: Because Marge and I have one thing that can never be broken: a
strong marriage built on a solid foundation of routine.

A Milhouse Divided


I'll get a bunch of monkeys, dress 'em up, and make 'em reenact the Civil
War! Heh, heh, heh!

-- Homer Simpson
Homer the Great