possible OCD?

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possible OCD?

possible OCD?

i took a test. 14-20 score. high risk. 

submitted by Parody, age 13 :P, sdlfk
(October 4, 2023 - 2:02 pm)

Lol same our mom has OCD so we think we have it... or at least have lots of symptoms lol

submitted by Jester, Jax/Jack (he/they/fun)
(October 4, 2023 - 3:26 pm)
submitted by Jester_TOP!
(October 4, 2023 - 5:18 pm)

okay, so before I say anything I want you to keep in mind that I don't know any details about your situation, so whatever I say might not be applicable...

that said, I think you need to be slightly wary of almost all tests like that. I'm not trying to discount your experiences, or beliefs about if you have OCD or not—you have a much better idea than I do!! I'm just saying that almost all tests are not designed as a diagnostic—they're simply for you to get a better idea of if this is something to be worried about/talk to someone about. A lot of the tests are also tailored to adults or demographics that may not be you, which could skew the results.

I've gotten very high scores on a bunch of online tests I've done related to stuff like ADHD, social anxiety, or SPD, but that doesn't necessarily mean I have any of those conditions. I've never really talked to anyone about it, so I'm unsure.

I don't know if you've already done this or not, but if it's something you're worried about, I'd suggest talking to someone! A parent/guardian, trusted friend/adult, or a medical professional—they can help you figure out if you truly do have OCD or help manage symptoms if you're struggling.

all this goes to say, best of luck with whatever is happening in your life right now. I hope this was helpful, but it's entirely possible it wasn't applicable at all so feel free to ignore it.

submitted by Hex
(October 4, 2023 - 7:55 pm)

No, of course not! I don't want to self-diagnose or anything. I was just hoping that the test could possibly give me a better idea of whether I have OCD or not, then I could be referred to a professional. Thing is, my parents don't think I have it.

I just want to be tested. I know there's something...up there. Not wrong, per se, but...I just kind of know that I have a neurodivergency? Or maybe not. I don't know.

Anyway, thanks so much, Hex! :D 

submitted by Endless_Parodies
(October 5, 2023 - 8:34 am)

I have OCD too. I definitely couldn't diagnose anyone (I think that's illegal) but if you want to talk about it I'm here!

submitted by Lupine
(October 4, 2023 - 8:52 pm)

Thanks so much, Lupine! Not to be nosy, but what are your symptoms/tics? I know everyone's OCD give them different symptoms or tics or whatever it's called, but it'd be nice to hear about someone else. (Though I am in no way sure that I have OCD, I've suspected it for awhile now!)

submitted by Endless_Parodies
(October 5, 2023 - 8:36 am)

My OCD mostly presents itself in intrusive thoughts (the "Obsessions") rather than compulsions. I do get some minor compulsions like closing cabinets and moving knives in the kitchen so that nobody accidentally hurts themselves, but my main symptoms are annoying but persistent nonsensical worries and general anxiety. I hope this helps!

submitted by Lupine@Endless_P
(October 29, 2023 - 2:54 pm)

I have slight OCD, wich I got from my dad. The only things that I experiance that might be OCD are:

Needing things to be orderly or/and symetrical.

Discomfort/fear or conamination or dirt.

Arranging object to be color coded or facing the same way.

Excessive doubt or fear of making a mistake.

Fear of embarresment (or maybe this is just me being 13)


submitted by Reuby Moonnight
(October 5, 2023 - 9:34 am)

i have a thing for people not licking me or touching me. that sounds so weird, but my brother bit me earlier and i freaked out. and i'm a huge germophobe. i also whistle through my nose (one of my tics) when im happy. AND HECK YES, fear of embarassement. i also hate messy rooms (but mine still does get messy sometimes) i dont really know if these are like, OCD symptoms but i know there's smth in my head

and i frequently imagine what would happen if someone i knew/loved very much passed away

i panic over things that arent even real/probably wont happen

and i have this ducking unrealistic fear of death to the point where i break down and sometimes start hyperventilating 


submitted by endless_parodies
(October 5, 2023 - 3:33 pm)

I am a germaphobe too! I think the pandemic is what triggered me. 

submitted by WiLdSoNg
(October 5, 2023 - 5:14 pm)

I have a vague memory of throwing soap at my mom from the stairs.

I have OCD. Thankfully I'm on meds now and it's much better. Though I still mildly panic if my stomach feels weird. Anyway, it'll be okay!

Unhelpful advice that really isn't going to help but's a useful quick fix: 

* If X happens, just say "put off the panicking until tomorrow". Most of the time it'll resolve itself overnight. If you get a cold, though, you'll panic.

* Try to turn NEW intrusive thoughts into OLD ones you know how to deal with. And yes I've used this before. It's probably not healthy, but hey, it's a quick fix.

PS: Did you know baby bobcats are called bobkittens? 

submitted by Forsythia, age bobkitten, The Merrie Woods
(October 17, 2023 - 10:19 am)

what you're describing does sound a little bit like ocd, but you do always have to be careful while "self-diagnosing." that sort of thing can cause harm. anyway, i'm glad you have more reasoning than taking an online test! (not saying this to pass judgement or anything, it's just best to get a professional opinion yk?)

submitted by Lord Entropy
(October 5, 2023 - 9:09 pm)

I'd just like to say that you don't have to be diagnosed to use the information that you may have OCD/be neurodivergent (or even just have some of the symptoms). Obviously, diagnosis helps if you want accomodations or people around you are unsupportive or a thousand other reasons, but you don't always need the diagnosis (professoinal or otherwise). For example, someone who doesn't have ADHD* can still identify with certain symptoms and then use the strategies that are meant to help with those ADHD symptoms. You can totally research the gadgets and amazing advice that will help you keep everything together and use it, whether you are the in the intended group or not. If it helps, it helps!


*Using that as the example because I have ADHD (diagnosed) but the point stands anywhere where it helps.

submitted by Hunter
(October 7, 2023 - 8:37 pm)

oh yes, that is valid. i am not saying that this applies in every case, just that a professional opinion can help.

but it can also really not. i have had a bad experience with a guidance counselor-therapist type, but an amazing experience with an occupational therapist. it depends from case to case. like with everything. 

submitted by Lord Entropy
(October 20, 2023 - 8:37 pm)

Good point! You don't need a solid diagnosis to be part of the disabled community, especially since not everyone has access to diagnoses.

submitted by Lupine
(October 29, 2023 - 2:55 pm)