How to talk to parents about OCD?

28 November 2019 - 16:12

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Hi, I'm new here, hoping to get some advice regarding talking to my parents about OCD.

So, I am almost certain that I do have OCD; I've been consciously performing compulsions for over two years, and retrospectively have noticed some compulsions which I did, without making the link to OCD, when I was young. For me, it especially revolves around checking things multiple times, and tapping things/ blinking at things until it 'feels right'. I can get very stressed when it takes a while to do this. I also worry about things excessively: it's taken me a while to post this.

I hate having to do all these compulsions. I know that I wouldn't feel compelled to do them if I didn't have OCD; still, I'd feel better knowing for certain, and getting a diagnosis, if possible.

However, I find it hard to talk about this because I know repeatedly blinking at my alarm clock whilst repeating the time in my head doesn't sound too normal! I would need to talk to my parents if I wanted to see my GP, as they (still) make my doctor's appointments for me. Any tips for how to do this? Or the best way to get a diagnosis?

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The only way to get a diagnosis is to see a health care professional. There are quizzes etc but I hate them and dont think they help. OCD is complex and symptoms of it can be other things.
I am one of these people that think it is important to get a diagnosis. There are several that dont. It really is up to you.
If based in UK it is simple to make an appointment at GP for yourself. I'm not sure what it is like in other places for payments and insurance and all that so if not based in UK I wont be much help.
I was diagnosed at 16 and was based on things i had done since i was 12. I've never told my family. I just never felt they needed to know. Emmm it depends on your family too, if they are understanding and understand the basics of mental health I'm sure they would be supportive. You dknt need to go into detail with them. If you get images or thoughts that you struggle to get rid off you dont need to go into detail. Just leave it broad and say the basics might be good start? You can just mention you have a few behaviours you dont consider normal and want help talking to someone?
Hope you get help that you need. Welcome to the forum

30 November 2019 - 17:27

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"Hi mom & dad, I think I have OCD." 

30 November 2019 - 17:45

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Thank you for your quick replies.

I would like to get a diagnosis if at all possible; I agree in that I think it is important and I'd prefer to have a sense of certainty about this.

I may be able to go through the GP at my university without having to talk to my parents; there are certain mental health appointments one can make so I might enquire as to whether I can get a diagnosis this way. I am UK based so payment shouldn't be an issue here. I think I'd feel more comfortable discussing it with my parents (if I still feel the need to) after a diagnosis.

Thanks again, it's good to be here on this forum

 

2 December 2019 - 2:19

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Yeah in UK it is super easy. Just ring the doctors you usually go to. All you'll need usually is name and address and sorted. It's not really necessary to see usual doc, they would refer you on anyway.
Hope you get help you need

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