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seeing things

I was wondering if having OCD can make you see things that aren't  really there.  I have OCD & sometimes see bugs that aren't there.  I was wondering if this is from the OCD or if something else is going on.  I've also been diagnosed major depressive disorder, bipolar, borderline, anxiety disorder also.  Thank you for your help.
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What do you mean by bugs? I see little things out of the corner of my eye or black spots in my vision that i mistake for bugs but are actually floaters on the eye surface.

If you mean you see actual bugs it's possible but not likley to be the OCD thats cauing it.
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yes, kinda like that...I'll see something like crawling on the wall, I think it's a bug & then when I do a double take, it's not there.  Sometimes I think lint example on the floor and I think it's a bug.  I get real close, still think it's a bug & sometimes have to get a maginfy glass to clarify it's not.  I sometimes freak out about bugs in the house.  I get the black light out at night time & see if I can find bugs.  I put them in a plastic ziplock back & find out later mostly everything is just lint when I think I'm seeing bugs.???
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If you obsess over bugs then yes I think it is related because sometimes our minds play tricks on us when we are paranoid over something.
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I see floaters in my eyes alot and are most noticeable when I look at something large and that is light such as walls, etc.  Also my eyesight is not that great.  I don't know if that has any impact on the amount of floaters I experience or not.    And then I will take a double take and nothing be there.  I think floaters move around though.  I know mine move fast and I will have to do a double take and then I realize nothing is there.  I am really seeing something initially but it is just a floater.  I could imagine that if you have a strong dread or fear of bugs that might lead you to think every time you saw a spec of anything it may be a bug whether it be a floater in your eye or lint on the floor.  I would just talk to your doctor about if if I was you.  Maybe he/she can help you to get some relief from your concern.  Best Wishes!
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Well, maybe there IS a syndrome about seeing bugs that are not there. I just did a search and found your comment.

I too often will be sitting, doing something and see bugs or small animals dashing across from the corner of my eye (ususally the left one) and follow it, check it out and am sure there was never anything there in the first place. I know the difference between a "floater" ( I had them years ago and they're gone)and what is now happening. I'm 58 and am wondering if it is an eye problem or psychological.

Have you had any other constructive feedback about it; did you ever speak with your doctor about it? I still experience it; it seems to come and go.
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I know what you are talking about. I don't see bugs however i have OCD whereby if i see a screw in the ground i have to know what type of screw it is.
I cant stop thinking about it until i know. If i see white lint of a carpet sometimes i don't know if i am imagining it or if it is really there. Then it occupies my thoughts until i go back and look again to make sure i wasnt imagining it. Its a pretty bad OCD and i am trying very hard to deal with it.
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I, too, have floaters.....mine used to look like little dots moving around, but now they are more like jagged lines.  When I was in high school and we looked at stuff under a microscope and saw living organisms, that is what I would compare my floaters to.  They look like they're alive because they move, but I think they are actually moving with my eye movement.  

Sometimes I just think about them and they appear.  They're a nuisance, that's for sure.  Just one more thing an OCD'er needs .....
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