Has anyones compulsions ever changed expression?

13 September 2014 - 20:17

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Hi there, I was diagnosed with OCD not to long ago but have been living with it for nearly a decade so far.Since receiving an official diagnosis and a "label" I have been doing a lot of research into OCD reading personal stories, peoples experiences and so on, but I have also found myself worrying excessively about how OCD is going to affect me in the future.Specifically , my OCD is primarilly based around violent intrusive thoughts that I may harm others and my compulsions are along the lines of avoiding or removing myself from any tense or conflict inducing situation in varying degrees. So vissibily I don't come across as OCD if you followHowever I have found myself wondering(or rather fearing) if in time if I got "worse" I might develope other characteristics, more visible ones such as physical ticks/quirks,become a cleaner/washer or things along a more physical or noticble strain.Has this happened to anyone, or does anyone know of this?Many thanks!

15 September 2014 - 16:31

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Hi Fortitude, welcome to the forum

I don't think it really works like that.  OCD sometimes shifts from one type of compulsion to another - from hand-washing to avoiding knives, or vice-versa, say - but there's not really a "progression" to "worse" types of compulsion at times when the OCD is worse.  It just mucks about randomly. 

Are you getting any treatment for your OCD yet?

Hope you're getting along OK and you soon start to get over this.

All the best,

Wombat140

30 September 2014 - 7:24

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I agree with Wombat. My obsessions have changed numerous times, but the compulsions are always essentially the same - counting and cleaning (even cleaning is essentially counting). Obviously no one can say how your OCD will act in future, but it's possible it might remain in the avoidance category. Although I wouldn't say that's necessarily less severe. In any case, OCD people are generally excellent at hiding their nuttiness in public. Even if you did develop more physical compulsions, most people outside of your close family would probably never know. 

Your OCD won't necessarily progress from bad to worse - I had nearly unbearable OCD controlling every aspect of my life from the time I was 7 till 13, and then the bulk of the fears just vanished. I used to be petrified of germs, and now I could care less if I contracted AIDS by means of a needle hidden in the grass (I'm thinking not caring is not really normal, either, but I'll take it). I'm still nuts, but the worst of it disappeared practically overnight.

15 March 2018 - 1:26

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My ocd when from cleaning and tidy freak to anti Germ to not letting anyone touch me to checking Doors and Windows to foot rubbing. I think its just a random

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