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Are my daugthers behaviours OCD?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 27, 2009
  • 07:23 AM


I'm wondering if anyone can help me. My daughters behaviors indicate to me she might have a psychological disorder, more specifically OCD.

When she was young and played with her toys, often times she would sit in the corner and sometimes just stop playing and stare at the toys with a lot of focus for a very long time. She always said she was thinking. She still does this sometimes now. She will be thinking, but she will just freeze and focus on something for a while. I ask her what she's doing now, and she says it's like she sees images in her head and is just playing it over and over again for whatever reason.

Not as much now, but when she was young she wanted to know the exact placement of all her toys and things. If she couldn't find anything she became anxious and worried. She would cry and just completely break down. Sometimes she would wake up at night and look around to make sure everything was where she left it.

She also sits in her room and listens to music, but the same song over and over, almost for hours at a time.

My daughter is also a bit of a "fanatic" I suppose. When she becomes interested in something, she becomes completely absorbed by it. For example, since she was young she admired Sonic the Hedgehog, and even now, more than 10 years later, she is still collecting all kinda of toys and video games and sticker etc. Even the smallest things involving Sonic, like the brief mention of him in a magazine is enough to make her just impulsively purchase the item. If she doesn't get it, she becomes really anxious and sometimes physically ill.

Aside from Sonic, she will become interested in things like television shows, books or movies...simple things like a particular series. Again, wants to own or have experienced everything that relates to it. For example, she read a comic series, and watched it as a television show, and one day impulsively spend $100 to buy the whole comic series, and is still constantly searching for the DVD sets. She becomes anxious when we go into a particular mall that sells her special interest items until I take her to that store.

She also becomes anxious from simple things like missing an episode in a series of a tv show, or if she watches certain episodes on DVD's in the wrong order. It's not just a normal frustration, but a full out panic and discomfort.

Another problem, which I think will really affect her, is her attachment and obsession with people. She is obsessed with her ex. Sometimes when she thinks of him, especially with him being in a new relationship, it makes her anxious to the point of crying. Her chest tightens, and she can't breathe or sleep. Even seeing a certain actor she loves (actually believes she loves) with another women, or hearing about a potential relationship, makes her somewhat as anxious, where her chest tightens, heart rate increases and makes her angry/upset and nervous.

I thought these might be normal teenage behaviors, but I'm slightly concerned as they seem to just be behaviors from childhood developing, and I don't want them to get worse.

Thank you for your opinions.

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  • I have a nephew who demonstrates the same behaviors, however, he is only 4 years old. Repetitive actions, everything have to be in order or in line, total meltdowns if something is out of his perception of "order", watching the same program over and over and over again, has to shut any doors and drawers left open and that happens frequently with other people in the home, he easily melts down if you can't understand him (speech still developing) or if you don't comply. That said, he can be reasoned with, but it takes a great deal of patience and persistence to convince him to calm down and play what I like to call "Let's make a deal." If he wants something and is screaming, we "make a deal" that involves his cooperation in terms of ceasing all screaming, crying and acting out. His ability to comprehend that, and his ability to work things out seems to have a very good effect and he seems more satisfied in general if we take this approach. He has been diagnosed as having broad-spectrum autism. . .non-specific in general. He is adorable, sweet and loving and extremely intelligent. He is not anti-social, but he is devoid of coping mechanisms. Some things he does seem like a normal little kid. But there is no mistaking his obsessive and compulsive behaviors, and his lack of development in the area of speech seems to frustrate him greatly. OCD is common with any type of autism and it is often associated with Bi-Polar Disease, which I have. I am either going at 0 mph or 60 mph. . .no inbetweens. I'm happy and gregarious one or more days. Other days and even into a # of weeks, I am complete reclusive though not actually "depressed." But that's my story and we're trying to deal with yours. From my experiences and those of my family members who are being treated for some psychiatric or behavioral diagnoses, I've found OCD is most often an adjunct symptom to the real diagnosis. I would highly suggest taking your daughter to see a good psychiatric or psychology professional. Keeping notes on these behaviors, when, where, what, why, and the frequency. . . all of that information will expedite the ability of the diagnostic team to determine what the root cause of this problem will be. Once you've cooperatively exchanged helpful information, you'll be able to hone in on why your daughter is exhibiting these behaviors, and how best to deal with them personally and professionally with regard to treatment. Good luck to you and your family!
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  • It doesn't seem to be a great prob. But not easily neglectable.. As u have been observing her since her childhood, you can be the best counselor for her. Sit with her in a pleasant place and when she is in pleasant mood. Tell her that you/somebody have the problem what actually she has. Slowly get her to explain much about her situation ... I guess u ll get to know more things what u haven't come across. When she is totally indulged into that, ask herself for the solution of the problem. before that do ur home work and keep one solution with u. Suggest her how to get rid of that problem. Dont let her to depend on u..but indirectly help her to getrid of that..If needed, I suggest you to meet a professional counselor and discuss the prob and get a solution. Dont take ur daughter there... she may become upset...All the best....
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • She definitely has an anxiety disorder, or a neurosis (this term is not longer in medical use)It could be O.C.D or seperation anxiety. If she acts in a way that seems odd, where her actions look like she is mentally forced to do them and then she will repeat this act until she can move on knowing she will not suffer from a panic attack, this is probably O.C.D. Secondly, breaking up is hard, but I've never been that ill over a boy. Some people are more sensitive than others, but if her reaction gets in the way of her every day life, it is problem. The question you should ask yourself is 'does my daughter's behavior disable her from functionning in school, work, home etc?'Please becareful! I am much like your daughter, but doctors have prescribes me benzodiazepines, at first I thought they were a miracle drug and then my addiction worsened to the point of being hospitalized on several occasions. Seek therapy for her, there are SSRI's that could work and CBT could also be useful. Whatever you do, stay away from benzos...
    neverwanttosleep 8 Replies Flag this Response
  • Autism can be associated with OCD, anxiety disorder and some else, so check out about that.
    Anasthasia 22 Replies Flag this Response
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