• 2 months ago

    Could it be OCD

    So this is a little difficult to explain but I'll try to make it as clear as possible. Every time I see a number I have to add it up to ten. Like if I was driving and a speeding sign said '30' I wouldn't see a 30 I would see '70' because my head changes the numbers to whatever it takes to get it to Ten. Another example would be when I see a 6 I see a 4. Or when I see '23' I would see '87.' When i say see I don't mean imagine, I literally see those wrong numbers printed. I'm conditioned into working out the actual number now so it's not really a problem anymore I would just like to know whats causing me to think this way. Also don't know if this is related or not but apparently I can't draw clocks. When I draw a clock face I supposedly put get all the numbers right but put them in the wrong places and I don't put the hands on the clockface. I feel like my family is just pulling my leg on this one but it scares me to think they could be telling the truth. Any insight is appreciated.

Responses

  • 2 months ago

    RE: Could it be OCD

    Don't stress over it! It is a normal process through which your brain works out different problems as it develops, so you would go through many such phases. It will lessen and eventually become negligible as you age.
  • 1 month ago

    RE: Could it be OCD

    Hi Pontiacheaven, You don't mention your age. I would suggest that you see your doctor..... especially if you were able to draw clock faces before and now you don't seem to be able to do this. It doesn't sound like OCD but I'm not a doctor. Good luck!
  • 1 month ago

    RE: Could it be OCD

    As one of the posters said, I would see your doctor. I, too, don't believe that it's OCD - though I am not qualified to diagnose.

    How long has this been going on? Is it a relatively new thing? My guess is that you haven't experienced it your entire life, and if you haven't, then it had a starting point. If it had a starting point and hasn't gone away, then it's worth looking into because it's a significant change from your normal. So I encourage you to make an appointment with your doctor and explain every detail about that you can. Write it down before you go if that would help you.

    Take care,
    Debbie
  • 1 month ago

    RE: Could it be OCD

    I saw a documentary about rare mental conditions. In one of the cases the person actually saw numbers everywhere. Colors where numbers, feeling were numbers etc. The person SAW the numbers, not just imagined them. I would definitely see a psychiatrist about it because it can be managed. I am sorry I don't remember more about the show. I realize your condition is different, but it is similar.
  • 21 days ago

    RE: Could it be OCD

    Part of it sounds like a form of OCD, and another part sounds similar to dyslexia. If you call your health plan and ask if there is a clinical psychologist who can diagnose or test for those conditions, they can probably help pinpoint a diagnosis and get you some specialized help to overcome or eliminate a root cause or give you the proper support that you need.

    It has been awhile since I saw this post, but I didn't see anything beneficial suggested so I thought I'd check back in with you. It might be helpful to others if you share what you find.

    Also, one person said don't stress about it but sometimes it's not that easy the longer it persists. If you are anxious or upset or even feeling panic attacks, you can find some good techniques and advice to follow online if you search for dialectical behavioral therapy or (DBT). There is a very good recording you can order online called "Pass Through Panic" which can help you understand and relax if you're at that stage.

    Otherwise, just know that there are answers and help out there. Sometimes you need to persist, but if you do, you will find.