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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 2, 2007
  • 10:43 AM

I have a situation that I would like to explain, and hopefully get some form of an answer.
When I say, hear a noise outside or in the other room, I get extremely nervous. I convince myself that there is someone outside my home, that someone may have been in the next room, etc.

This leads to me generally going into that same room and studying the room very closely from anywhere from 2 minutes to sometimes even an hour. I notice every little thing, whether the door seems to be cracked open an inch or two more than it was an hour ago, if it looks like a pillow was moved from it's previous position, if a shoe seems to have moved or if the deadbolt on my door is turned a little more than I thought it was, etc. I can only leave the room when I have convinced myself that I have noticed everything. And I always unlock and re-lock every door leading into my house several times a night.

This has caused extreme sleep loss, and is taking it's toll on me. I just want to know what could possibly be wrong. A form of anxiety?

Thank you.

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  • I understand. I get spooked, too. It was all solved when I stay in a house with an alarm system. In leiu of an elaborate system, I have seen alarms at Longs Drug stores for a product that you could put on your windows and doors. I think it is worth the peace of mind. I think you are reacting to a violent world reflected in the news and tv programs.
    Monsterlove 2,921 Replies
    • November 3, 2007
    • 04:19 AM
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  • i think you have some psychic problems.some time only extereme anxiety can cause all these symptoms.you should meet to a psychiatrist.if you check everything again and again then it may be OCD.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 3, 2007
    • 05:07 AM
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  • You probably have an little obsessive-compulsive disorder. This will not really get any better until you see someone to gauge how bad it is. Make a journal or checklist of your habits and routines. If you check the twenty times, write it down. This journal will make it easy for a professional to assess your problem. Look up OCD and see how many people have it, and all the various ways to treat it. You also might have a little panic disorder mixed in. Phobias can ruin your life if you let them control you. But a strong will might not be enough. There are lots of things to be afraid of in the world, but it is very easy to become over-afraid and fearful. Who wants to live like that? Probably your first step should be a psychologist or psychiatrist. Sometimes they use behavioral therapy, sometimes medication and sometimes you just work around it. Howie Mendell the comedian has OCD about germs, but is very matter-of-fact about it and he seems to function pretty well. But also, don't let violent images into your head. Don't watch scary movies, read crime novels, think spooky thoughts. I have learned that I don't want that stuff in my head. The only times I have been scared in my home are when I've read books about serial killers (patricia Cornwell) and stayed in a house that had an alarm system. It made me spooked! But alarms might work for you, but I think the problem is OCD and panic.
    rad-skw 1,605 Replies
    • November 3, 2007
    • 10:07 AM
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  • Hi,I agree with the other posts-- I studied psychology in college and have friends with obsessive compulsive disorder, and your symptoms sound like OCD (which is classified as an anxiety disorder). OCD affects millions of people, so please know that you aren't alone! Also, I personally sleep better when I focus on peaceful things before going to bed-- maybe you can listen to a relaxing CD or watch a feel-good movie with no scary scenes. Good luck finding answers.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 4, 2007
    • 05:49 AM
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