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Don't laugh - OCD question

Posted by amd on September 14, 2022, at 12:40:26

I have the weirdest, most frustrating tic in the world. It's absolutely ludicrous and I don't blame you for laughing, but I was wondering if there are any meds out other things out there that might help.

When I go to read a book on paper, I have this crazy, OCD urge to rub the pages against my forehead and face. I know, it sounds stupid. It feels stupid. But it's insane, and distracting, and so upsetting. And it's been getting worse. I can read a newspaper no problem. I can read a book on the screen. But a regular, paperback book, it's this completely odd obsessive-compulsive behavior.

What can I do here? It makes me want to cry, because it's interrupting me from one of my favorite activities, which is reading.

Feedback?

 

Re: Don't laugh - OCD question

Posted by linkadge on September 14, 2022, at 18:44:40

In reply to Don't laugh - OCD question, posted by amd on September 14, 2022, at 12:40:26

You can always cover the pages with photos of men or male genitalia (if you are a man and not gay).

Other than that ... not sure. If you use something else (like a pillow) does it relieve the urge? Is it something about the paper, or the smell of the paper?

Linkadge

 

Re: Don't laugh - OCD question linkadge

Posted by amd on September 15, 2022, at 7:41:34

In reply to Re: Don't laugh - OCD question, posted by linkadge on September 14, 2022, at 18:44:40

> You can always cover the pages with photos of men or male genitalia (if you are a man and not gay).

That's funny!

> Other than that ... not sure. If you use something else (like a pillow) does it relieve the urge? Is it something about the paper, or the smell of the paper?

I have no idea; it's just a crazy tic. I warned y'all!

 

Re: Don't laugh - OCD question amd

Posted by Jay2112 on September 15, 2022, at 17:44:14

In reply to Re: Don't laugh - OCD question linkadge, posted by amd on September 15, 2022, at 7:41:34

> > You can always cover the pages with photos of men or male genitalia (if you are a man and not gay).
>
> That's funny!
>
> > Other than that ... not sure. If you use something else (like a pillow) does it relieve the urge? Is it something about the paper, or the smell of the paper?
>
> I have no idea; it's just a crazy tic. I warned y'all!
>
>

It's not crazy! I used to have a very severe vocal tic, clearing my throat. I discovered it when I first got into social work, as we had to video tape us students interviewing clients as practise. I was, on average, clearing my throat every two minutes. And my whole college class watched this! The strong urge is a very anxiety provoking feeling, and that took me over 2 years to tame it.

So, trust me, regardless of what the 'urge' is, it's not funny and I totally get it! Have you tried the usual meds for it? Sometimes talk therapy, and being open with a professional, like a social worker or psychotherapist, is your best bet to clear up the distress. CBT therapy has an amazing track record with OCD. Don't worry what everyone else thinks, the distress is very real, and it can be treated. There are some good, free resources on the internet. Let me know if you need any help.

Best,
Jay


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