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I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby Maia » Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:35 am

It's something I've been concerned about for quite some time but it seems to be getting worse. I always worry about what I eat, and if in doubt, I won't eat it. I'm apparently exactly on the boundary between a healthy weight and being underweight (8st 3lb) but have been losing again recently. I also seem to be worrying about stupid things like are my clothes folded properly and dust or dirt being on furniture.
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby surreptitious75 » Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:26 pm

I have never had anorexia but I have had OCD for over twenty years. It does not bother me because I simply do the things that would
otherwise cause me anxiety were I not to do them. The anxiety would only be mild and short any way and so it has never really been
a problem for me. But it is on a spectrum like any psychiatric disorder and others who have it might be more severely affected than I
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby Maia » Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:57 pm

surreptitious75 wrote:I have never had anorexia but I have had OCD for over twenty years. It does not bother me because I simply do the things that would
otherwise cause me anxiety were I not to do them. The anxiety would only be mild and short any way and so it has never really been
a problem for me. But it is on a spectrum like any psychiatric disorder and others who have it might be more severely affected than I


I feel that if I give in to the urge to, for example, keep checking something, it will only get worse.
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby surreptitious75 » Tue Nov 27, 2018 2:23 pm

Only you can decide what to do as you are the one actually experiencing it so the decision has to be yours
It might contain itself or equally it might multiply to other things as well but right now you just dont know
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby Urwrongx1000 » Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:59 pm

Your weight is fine, quit worrying so much.
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby Maia » Tue Nov 27, 2018 5:21 pm

surreptitious75 wrote:Only you can decide what to do as you are the one actually experiencing it so the decision has to be yours
It might contain itself or equally it might multiply to other things as well but right now you just dont know


It seems like it's already been getting worse, just in the last year or so. I need to stop it somehow.
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby surreptitious75 » Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:19 am


Do you know what actually triggered your OCD in the last year ?
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby Maia » Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:49 am

surreptitious75 wrote:
Do you know what actually triggered your OCD in the last year ?


Not sure really. I just found myself overly worrying about what I was touching.
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby surreptitious75 » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:35 am

If there was a trigger that would explain why it has only started when it did but unless you know you cannot be certain
I do not remember any thing triggering mine and simply assumed that it was just a natural extension of my personality
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby Maia » Thu Nov 29, 2018 10:42 am

surreptitious75 wrote:If there was a trigger that would explain why it has only started when it did but unless you know you cannot be certain
I do not remember any thing triggering mine and simply assumed that it was just a natural extension of my personality


It's a big problem for me because touching things is how interact with the world around me.
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby Urwrongx1000 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:03 am

How tall are you?
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby Maia » Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:46 am

Urwrongx1000 wrote:How tall are you?


5'6"
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby Urwrongx1000 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:54 am

110 lb would be good for your height
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby Maia » Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:49 am

Urwrongx1000 wrote:110 lb would be good for your height


No that would be underweight.
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby surreptitious75 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 1:58 pm

Maia wrote:
It seems like its already been getting worse just in the last year or so . I need to stop it somehow

What will you do if it carries on getting worse ? How would you stop it ? Have you considered anything ?
Do you experience it all of the time or is it only at particular times ? And is it specific or more general ?
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby Maia » Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:08 pm

surreptitious75 wrote:
Maia wrote:
It seems like its already been getting worse just in the last year or so . I need to stop it somehow

What will you do if it carries on getting worse ? How would you stop it ? Have you considered anything ?
Do you experience it all of the time or is it only at particular times ? And is it specific or more general ?


I notice it more when I'm stressed or if I'm in a hurry. Not sure how to stop it. Try and ignore it I suppose.
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby surreptitious75 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:38 pm


You could try and ignore it or reduce the stress that triggers it instead
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby phyllo » Sun Dec 02, 2018 4:03 pm

I notice it more when I'm stressed or if I'm in a hurry. Not sure how to stop it. Try and ignore it I suppose.

Long term : Meditation

Short term : Awareness of breath.

Tapping (EFT). https://www.thetappingsolution.com/what-is-eft-tapping/
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby Maia » Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:15 pm

surreptitious75 wrote:
You could try and ignore it or reduce the stress that triggers it instead


That's what I've been doing.
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby Maia » Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:16 pm

phyllo wrote:
I notice it more when I'm stressed or if I'm in a hurry. Not sure how to stop it. Try and ignore it I suppose.

Long term : Meditation

Short term : Awareness of breath.

Tapping (EFT). https://www.thetappingsolution.com/what-is-eft-tapping/


I've tried meditation.
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby Urwrongx1000 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:20 am

Maia wrote:No that would be underweight.

I disagree, but you just admitted you're not anorexic.
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby Maia » Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:54 am

Urwrongx1000 wrote:
Maia wrote:No that would be underweight.

I disagree, but you just admitted you're not anorexic.


That's a relief then.
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby Urwrongx1000 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 3:37 pm

OCD is actually a positive trait, not a negative. Almost all star athletes, businessmen, and competitors of all kinds, have high degrees of OCD. How else could somebody put 8-12 hours per day into their specialization and abilities, if it were not for OCD? The problem with OCD is when obsessive-compulsion is linked to bad behaviors and habits rather than good. Drug abusers and addicts, for example, could be said to have "OCD" with relation to their specific addictions.

The challenge is to direct obsession into something that is personally and/or socially beneficial. Then it would not be a "disorder".


Excessive cleanliness, hoarding instincts, perfectionism, these are the 'normal' associations to OCD.
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby Maia » Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:50 am

Urwrongx1000 wrote:OCD is actually a positive trait, not a negative. Almost all star athletes, businessmen, and competitors of all kinds, have high degrees of OCD. How else could somebody put 8-12 hours per day into their specialization and abilities, if it were not for OCD? The problem with OCD is when obsessive-compulsion is linked to bad behaviors and habits rather than good. Drug abusers and addicts, for example, could be said to have "OCD" with relation to their specific addictions.

The challenge is to direct obsession into something that is personally and/or socially beneficial. Then it would not be a "disorder".


Excessive cleanliness, hoarding instincts, perfectionism, these are the 'normal' associations to OCD.


Thank you for your advice, but I think I'll ignore it, if you don't mind.
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Re: I think I might be slightly anorexic / OCD

Postby Urwrongx1000 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 3:23 am

It's normal to feel anxiety and learn to cope with stress, in your early 20s. Maybe this applies to you?
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