OCD and autism

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[Mod.Edit: this post and following few have been moved from another thread to form a new topic (MG)]

It appears my attempt at wit is missing the target - I must need more coffee. Unless, of course, you are toying with me, in which case I should add a little whiskey to the coffee!

I have OCD, diagnosed by a doctor and everything. I take meds for it. But, I have found that the best medicine is a sense of humor. It was really bad when I was a kid, but now, I take the rituals in stride, and find that I benefit a lot from laughing at myself.

I can see that in Tasty -- if his Christmas lights didn't work, he'd be up all night trying to figure out why. I could be wrong, but I'd bet some money that I'm right. :laugh:

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I have OCD, diagnosed by a doctor and everything. I take meds for it. But, I have found that the best medicine is a sense of humor. It was really bad when I was a kid, but now, I take the rituals in stride, and find that I benefit a lot from laughing at myself.

I can see that in Tasty -- if his Christmas lights didn't work, he'd be up all night trying to figure out why. I could be wrong, but I'd bet some money that I'm right. :laugh:

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I would never ever have picked you had that. !!

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I have OCD, diagnosed by a doctor and everything. I take meds for it. But, I have found that the best medicine is a sense of humor. It was really bad when I was a kid, but now, I take the rituals in stride, and find that I benefit a lot from laughing at myself.

I can see that in Tasty -- if his Christmas lights didn't work, he'd be up all night trying to figure out why. I could be wrong, but I'd bet some money that I'm right. :laugh:

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I've had more than one doctor offer to refer me to a specialist, after something I said piqued their interest. Then again, my SIL, who's an autism specialist, tells me every time she sees me, "Oh, yeah, you're definitely on the the spectrum," to which I reply, "If it's a spectrum, then probably everyone is on it." :laugh:

I'm more anxiety-laden than anything else, and even that is about only a couple of specific things.
 

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I would never ever have picked you had that. !!

Russ

Our youngest grandson 6yo is on the spectrum, he's so different from everyone else, loves trucks and all kids love him, I went to his pre school for an afternoon on open day, kids just hung off him, followed him, he's very loud with noises he makes, but very bright IMHO. I don't think he'll have trouble with friends or girls later on. He can't sit still and work stuf out and comes out with the most intelligent observations. He really is different by a street to the others. He's still popular at primary school now.
 

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I reckon that everyone is somewhere on the autism spectrum. Re OCD, I suffered from it as a teenager. Manic hand washing! Lately, maybe due to Covid, it has been returning.

I don't have ocd, but I'm certainly different to most people. Middle boy I don't know if that says anything.? I wonder if all these insecticides and additives effect kids nowadays, ?

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How did I start this new thread? MG!!!!!

Okay, I have been diagnosed with OCD and GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder). The two often go hand in hand. I know what I know about my particular brain anomalies. I take my meds, I function, and just go with the flow -- and laugh at my self regularly.

I know absolutely zero about autism or Aspergers, other than what I've gleaned from NPR talk shows.

I really need to be more careful what I post here -- ask myself, "What will MG do to this seemingly innocuous comment?" :facepalm:

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How did I start this new thread? MG!!!!!

Okay, I have been diagnosed with OCD and GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder). The two often go hand in hand. I know what I know about my particular brain anomalies. I take my meds, I function, and just go with the flow -- and laugh at my self regularly.

I know absolutely zero about autism or Aspergers, other than what I've gleaned from NPR talk shows.

I really need to be more careful what I post here -- ask myself, "What will MG do to this seemingly innocuous comment?" :facepalm:

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Perhaps MG is obsessive about new topics. :wink:
 

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When we have a computer or other electronic issue, I HAVE to fix it or it drives me up a wall knowing it's not fixed, no matter how long it takes. I guess that's a form of OCD.


Probably. I go into that mode from time to time. If my internet connection goes down in the evening, I wonder "What am I going to do now... go to bed?"

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Okay, since I apparently "started" this thread, I guess I should explain it -- even though I'm not sure why.

GAD is a disorder where you are often anxious, for no reason. You can be laying in bed at night after getting a promotion and a raise at work, and you are unable to sleep because of anxiety that you will fail and get fired. You know there is no reason for it. It is a brain chemistry thing. Good thing happens, brain chemistry gets the memo all wrong.

Not the same as anxiety over things that you should be anxious about, like driving every car you have owned as fast as it will go, just to see how fast it will go. Not the same as taking one ski lesson, and joining your friends on a downhill bonsai run down a ski slope. For me, GAD was never about taking real risks. It was all about imagined dangers.

As for OCD, it was horrible as a kid. If I bumped into something with my right elbow, I had to bump ito something with my left elbow. If I stepped on a crack in the pavement with my right foot, I had to step on a crack with my left foot. Everything had to be even. I outgrew that.

Now, my major OCD thing is locks. If I go out of town, I have to be absolutely sure I locked both doors on the house, and shut the garage door and closed the driveway gate. I will turn around two miles from my house to check if I'm not 100-percent sure. Annoying yes. but not a big deal. I know it is stupid, but also know it will mess with my head if I don't go back and check. I just plan it into my travel time.

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Now, my major OCD thing is locks. If I go out of town, I have to be absolutely sure I locked both doors on the house, and shut the garage door and closed the driveway gate. I will turn around two miles from my house to check if I'm not 100-percent sure. Annoying yes. but not a big deal. I know it is stupid, but also know it will mess with my head if I don't go back and check. I just plan it into my travel time.
In later life that fits my Dad to a T. His shrink (a good man) explained to me that as he had been brought up in the East End of London he watched his father lock and barricade the doors of his sporting goods shop (they lived above) against the fascists.My Dad trigger was the rise in the UK of the BNP in the 80s This was exasperated because of his age and increasing physical inability to defend himself or my Mum.
 

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How did I start this new thread? MG!!!!!

When a series of off topic posts on the same theme follow each other in a thread, its usually a sign that members are interested in the topic. So, I usually move them to a new thread. I always put a Mod.Edit note in the top post so that you/other members will know I've moved it.

I really need to be more careful what I post here -- ask myself, "What will MG do to this seemingly innocuous comment?" :facepalm:

I don't tend to move off-topic posts to a new thread unless they spark discussion as your post did. The 3 or 4 posts following it were all moved with it.
 
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