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Just want to point out that I was pretty sure I had a last sentence that said 'turns out I lasted 5 minutes before fainting'. I am not claiming that I was in full blown panic mode for a full hour. I have a diagnosed OCD which does effect quite a large part of my life, I can't even use paper in class. The majority of my friends know I have this OCD and my best friend only brought it up as an example because she knows I don't really mind people knowing because for me as embarrassing as it is, I fe
By Annieisnotokay / Wednesday 17 April 2013 10:20 / United Kingdom
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I don't think people realize how serious OCD can be. I have a huge problem with opened cabinet doors. When my friends found out about this when I was like 14, I don't think that they were able to understand the seriousness of the condition and opened all of the cabinet doors continuously until I was literally curled up into a fetal position on the floor crying. I just really really hate it when people "mess" with people who have OCD...

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#57- I understand. I have some "quirks" of my own such as hating 0's and 5's. It is difficult because people don't understand what you go through. It makes it even worse when things are done on purpose.

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I'm a few years late but they're saying if something is labeled to have, lets say spoons, in it and they open it up and there are forks instead that's their OCD

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Yes really. It sounds like one to those girls in high school who plays at having a 'quirk' for attention. I don't think that tormenting someone into an extended panic attack is really allowed in the classroom.

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Obviously it wouldn't be allowed but neither is bullying , you mean to tell me that doesn't still happen? Neither is passing notes...does that not happen ? I mean haven't you seen teachers that barely have control over a classroom ? They say "ok everyone , that's enough" & as soon as they turn their back everyones right back to doing what they were told NOT to do...

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It's possible the friend didn't bring it up to make fun of the OP, but just to use as an example in the class. He/she should have still asked the OP if it was okay to share though, but maybe they didn't expect the situation to escalate like that. But yeah, your classmates are douchebags and your teacher sucks for allowing that to continue.

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I think it matters. A HS psych class could be taught by any dumbass BA, while most college level psych classes are taught by Drs or graduate students who are obligated to act ethically by both the APA and the college. If a professor allowed this to happen, I wouldn't think twice about taking it to the dean -- there's no room in psychology for sadism.

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I agree.. however, they may have OCPD (personality disorder) which is where you have characteristics of ocd, but its just a few quirks that irritate you. I did a presentation on it in college. its not truly Obsessive Compulsive Disorder until it takes over a majority of your day and life. Too many people with "quirks" think they have OCD

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@38 you are close to being right actually. As a current psychology student we have learned that it is impossible to have a panic attack for an extend amount of time. There is a physiological ceiling that your body reaches where it then start calming down. This is what makes systematic desensitization possible for phobias and OCD "quirks" in therapies

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I don't know, everyone has OCD traits and react at different levels, some more severe than others... I know I have to check my door 3 times to make sure it's locked otherwise it's on my mind all day and bugging the shit out of me (don't know where it came from). Used to drive my woman absolutely mad because she thought I didn't trust her to lock the door until I explained to her what was going on. Now, she just laughs at me...

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would you say your thing with the door is qn obession. can you leave the house/go to bed without doing your check? this is the hallmark of OCD obsessing about something and it leading to compulsive behavior in your case checking the door. if op obsesses about the paper to the point that she has to do something to fix the situation then she may have a casw for claiming she has OCD.

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OCD is characterized by obsessions and/or compulsions, it is not necessary to suffer from both to be diagnosed with the disorder. Furthermore, OCD is an anxiety disorder that is comorbid with many other anxiety disorders (such as panic disorder) that could account for the severity of OPs symptoms. Even if OP does not have serious enough symptoms to qualify for a diagnosis, that does not mean her distress wasn't real.

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I'd just like to point out that OP never actually said they had OCD, just that their friend brought up her issue while the class was discussing OCD. It's quite possible OP knows they don't have clinical OCD, but that their friend doesn't know/understand.

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