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What is OCD

What is OCD, and how do you know, if you have it?
Upon seeing my new PCP, and catching him up on myself.
He told me I had possibly OCD issues?
What does that mean?
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I'm not a doctor so I cannot formally diagnose you on here but it does not sound to me, as an OCD sufferer myself, that you have OCD.  

This is what I get from what you wrote.  

You have a major health problem that interferes with your memory and you have found a way to document things so that you don't forget them.  Much like a person with ADHD would do.  Make a list, etc.  My husband makes a to-do list every weekend with times on it including "nap time."  That doesn't make him OCD.  

Also you do have to give your medical information out quite often and so I think it is preparedness for any new physician you might need to see and also for your own personal use.  Sometimes I can't remember what I had for dinner the day before how would I ever remember what I did 4 months ago?  So I think what you are doing is a very good idea.  

The internet searches, the geneaology, to me are things that you do to occupy your time.  If you are on disability, you need to have some sort of hobby and what better than the world-wide web!

My own opinion is that OCD isn't something you have to worry about.  

Take care.  
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Hi there and welcome to the OCD forum.

If you look at the home page for the OCD forum.  Right under the OCD Community title there is "about this forum" and it gives some information about the thoughts that a person with OCD might have or compulsions/rituals they might perform.  

OCD sometimes gets in the way of a person's ability to live their lives normally on a day-to-day basis.  

Not sure where you fit in that would make your doctor believe you have OCD "issues."  

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Mine is probably fear of forgetting.
I also have MS (Multiple Sclerosis), so I have poor short term memory.
I might forget to take my dogs outside or bring them back in.
I might forget if I have taken meds, or walk away from a lite stove, etc.

Because of these things, I created a spreadsheet, that I keep track of many things.
Ex. What I eat (to keep an eye on overall calories), my daily vitals (B/P, Pulse, Temp.), taking care of my animals (dogs, cat, lizards, fish), personal hygiene (teeth brushing, shaving, showering, etc.), sleep (so I know how much or how little), body weight, etc., etc., etc., well you get the idea.

So, as soon as I have done "something", I go to my office, and note it on my spreadsheet (the time), that way I know I have done it.  This includes each time I eat something.

When I went to see him (my new PCP), I brought along a printed off spreadsheet, that documented my medical history, in detail.  I'm 50 yrs. old, and trying to remember everything that has happened to you medically, is a problem, especially when you are asked to repeat it, every time you go in for anything, so I made a spreadsheet and bring it with me, when I go.

I brought a spreadsheet documenting what I was concerned about, past medical issues that needed to be addressed.

I'm on Social Security Disability, due to my MS, and have not had any medical insurance for over 2 years.  Medicare finally kicked in, on January 1st, so this is a new PCP, and I needed to catch him up to date.

I also have a hobby of genealogy, so I'm always checking for new information, online, and checking my email for possible responses.

I also have a personal weather station, I have it attached to my PC, so I can upload the information, on my PC.

Many times, when I try to sleep, if I don't go to sleep right away, I will get up and work on the computer, checking my email, looking up genealogy information, etc.

So, if the sounds like a symptom or definition of OCD, then perhaps my new PCP is right.

What do you think?

Thank you, for your time, consideration, and cooperation, I truly appreciate it.

Sincerely,

-- Socrates2k1
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I'm not a doctor so I cannot formally diagnose you on here but it does not sound to me, as an OCD sufferer myself, that you have OCD.  

This is what I get from what you wrote.  

You have a major health problem that interferes with your memory and you have found a way to document things so that you don't forget them.  Much like a person with ADHD would do.  Make a list, etc.  My husband makes a to-do list every weekend with times on it including "nap time."  That doesn't make him OCD.  

Also you do have to give your medical information out quite often and so I think it is preparedness for any new physician you might need to see and also for your own personal use.  Sometimes I can't remember what I had for dinner the day before how would I ever remember what I did 4 months ago?  So I think what you are doing is a very good idea.  

The internet searches, the geneaology, to me are things that you do to occupy your time.  If you are on disability, you need to have some sort of hobby and what better than the world-wide web!

My own opinion is that OCD isn't something you have to worry about.  

Take care.  
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