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I have OCD. How to deal with that?

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I smoked weed for a couple years and it slowly but surely got rid of it. However sometimes I miss that motivational super power.



 

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Don't worry about it so much. We are all going to die at some point.  I'm a little OCD but it doesn't affect me too much.  Sometimes you gotta teach your brain to say fuck it every once in a while.

You washing your hands 100 times a day won't change that 18 wheeler slamming into your car crushing you to death.  When it's your time it's your time.

Last edited by sethnintendo - on 08 September 2019

sethnintendo said:

Don't worry about it so much. We are all going to die at some point.  I'm a little OCD but it doesn't affect me too much.  Sometimes you gotta teach your brain to say fuck it every once in a while.

You washing your hands 100 times a day won't change that 18 wheeler slamming into your car crushing you to death.  When it's your time it's your time.

That's the OCD I have.I need to wash my hands at least 300 times a day ,no matter what I touch,I also have to walk right in the center of tiles if I am walking anywhere.But I just said fuck it and doesn't let it affect my daily living.



REDZONE said:
sethnintendo said:

Don't worry about it so much. We are all going to die at some point.  I'm a little OCD but it doesn't affect me too much.  Sometimes you gotta teach your brain to say fuck it every once in a while.

You washing your hands 100 times a day won't change that 18 wheeler slamming into your car crushing you to death.  When it's your time it's your time.

That's the OCD I have.I need to wash my hands at least 300 times a day ,no matter what I touch,I also have to walk right in the center of tiles if I am walking anywhere.But I just said fuck it and doesn't let it affect my daily living.

Whatever you do don't have unprotected sex.  You'll freak out till you get tested 3 times.  Remember you have to wait about a month after for everything to be accurate.



Damn 8 pills a day, that's rough... I hate the thought of doctors making bank off our continued existence. Have you tried gradually cutting that number down? You can always take more again if you feel it necessary.



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I think everyone has OCD, but to various degrees. I know what it feels like to see an out-of-place blind (the type of curtain) and see it standing out and want to make it look like all the other blinds. I don't believe I have enough OCD to be diagnosed because the slight micro-urges are subtle and I feel I have an on/off switch that is able to make me no care too, but life gets boring if I don't do anything become half-satisfied with no caring. It becomes an unhealthy addiction. You don't have to 'turn off' any cares/values because there are ways that you can use your OCD to your advantage.

One way how to use OCD to your advantage- achieve something that you value by using any technique that is motivated by your OCD. For Example- I feel good when I draw a picture that looks correct to the human eye, when I have extreme contrasts and balance the composition how I feel it makes me feel good, complete, aesthetically satisfied which is the same feeling as I get if I see a perfect set of blinds, this makes me feel good. I also value having a range of drawings in my portfolio, therefor this technique helps with my long term values too. Also, Earning money makes me feel good as I buy games to add to my collection as I value having a good games collection. These things help me feel good as I am using an urge to motivate things that would feed my values in life. The values don't have to be having a good drawing portfolio or having a good games collection, the values could be absolutely anything.

You have a passion for games. I have a fun idea-

Drawing is always a good option for OCD, the best artists are perfectionists. The best programmers are also perfectionists too. You can look at youtube tutorials or torrents or udemy tutorials. If you do both art and programming you can make games in GameMaker Studio 2 or Unity 3D. GameMaker is best choice when making 2D and publishing games with no deductions (other than buying a $100 basic license), you don't need to be a programmer to use Game Maker as there are plenty of drag n drop options to make a wide range of genres/mechanics anyway. Game maker uses GML if you wanted to program anything, and its easy to learn with enough tutorials out there. GML follows the same structure as C++, C# and Java, so if you know one of these, there will be no learning curve when adopting another of these languages.
Whereas Unity 3D is best for 3D games as You have way more control if you wanted to make a 2.5D or a 3D game. Unity may be best for games development in general as programmers are able to use C#. I have a feeling that Unity 3D is made for more powerful graphics in general, but I could be wrong.

I use Game Maker and hopefully want to publish a game one day, probably on the App Sore and Good Store.

I make my content using:

  • Game Maker Studio 2 (to make games with - Torrent it, or download the 30-day trial, or buy the cheap permanent licence),
  • Microsoft Paint (to make pixel art - Free),
  • Photoshop (to make any art - Torrent it, or subscribe to the licence. OR just download Gimp for free which is a good replicate of photoshop),
  • MuseScore (to create music - Free to download).

I also use Autodesk Maya as I did 3D animation at university. This is for 3D stuff. I've made a lot of 3D animations outside of any of my game maker projects. I've experimented in Unity 3D once but I will return to that program and one day make something game-related in 3D. But for now I'm focusing on 2D projects.

Focusing on game-making projects are a good activity for gamers with OCD :D.

Completing more games in your game collection & earning more PSN trophies is (to-me) a feel-good activity too. 

Anyway I hope this is inspirational. I'm also called Alex too :D.

Last edited by 00Xander00 - on 09 September 2019

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Lonely_Dolphin said:
Damn 8 pills a day, that's rough... I hate the thought of doctors making bank off our continued existence. Have you tried gradually cutting that number down? You can always take more again if you feel it necessary.

To be honest, I'm thinking about asking my doctor if I can cut down some. I'm afraid to do it by myself.

Thanks for the answers, guys. I'm reading all of them.



00Xander00 said:

...I feel I have an on/off switch that is able to make me no care too....

(If I'm understanding your comment correctly) The existence of that on-off switch means you do not have OCD.  That's essentially the layman's definition. Everyone has some compulsions to deal with from time to time.  The disorder is not being able to control them.  



Alex_The_Hedgehog said:
Lonely_Dolphin said:
Damn 8 pills a day, that's rough... I hate the thought of doctors making bank off our continued existence. Have you tried gradually cutting that number down? You can always take more again if you feel it necessary.

To be honest, I'm thinking about asking my doctor if I can cut down some. I'm afraid to do it by myself.

Thanks for the answers, guys. I'm reading all of them.

Good, do it! There's no harm in asking (though I would just tell them I'm cutting back, not even ask haha), but perhaps your mom or a friend can go with you.



I hear you. I have OCD as well but I don't do anything about it. it's not in my personality to see doctors or take medication. Quite honestly I don't believe in it all. And to be clear I'm not saying you shouldn't either, I just mean from my point of view.

For instance I may end up washing my hands literally 10 times in a row, it's really hard to explain to people without OCD but it's as if you wash your hands and when you are done, in your head it's like you did not really wash them so you have to wash them again. Having no social constraints I have no real reason to not give in to my OCD.

I don't see a practical way to deal with it (other than to give in to it). Out of curiosity I have tried fighting it, like washing my hands 1 time then forcing myself out of the bathroom and I simply can't. While my logic tells me my hands are clean, no reason to wash them again at that point, I really feel like they are dirty and despite knowing full well they are absolutely clean (cause that first wash was frantic) I can't help but wash them again and again and again...

Sometimes I can get away with two or three washings, other times, I say 10 washings but to be honest I've had worse times when 10 times doesn't come close to the real number.

I know that OCD comes in different flavors and styles but if I could venture some advice I would say, when the OCD is hitting hard, try to relax and breathe deeply. I think that can help, maybe not completely eradicate the OCD attack, but make it less strong.



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I'm sleepy, time for a nappy!