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Is this really OCD or am I just over-thinking?

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Last Updated: 03/08/2021 at 7:27am
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August 17th, 2015 11:08am
Only a professional can diagnose obsessive-compulsive disorder. The diagnostic criteria in the DSM-5 include that obsessions or compulsions take more than 1 hour per day, or cause "clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning." In other words, you'd be struggling to build/maintain relationships, or to get by at school or work. If over-thinking is causing you a lot of stress, it's worth seeking help for, whether it's OCD or not. Until you know for sure, you can describe your situation by saying something like, 'I have some obsessive-compulsive symptoms,' or 'I have problems with rumination.' That way, you're being mindful of those who have severe OCD.
January 23rd, 2015 2:17am
depends, OCD is where you have to be neat on every single last thing, some people are just neat because that's who they are . if something is out of place and you experience symptoms of anxiety or mentally freak out, is probably OCD, if not your just over thinking.
February 19th, 2015 4:19am
The best person to answer this question would be a licensed medical professional. It's best to resist the urge to self-diagnose, and simply see your primary care physician regarding these concerns. Even if they themselves cannot diagnose you, they can often refer you to an expert (e.g., psychiatrist) that can.
May 18th, 2015 9:35am
You cannot know if it OCD unless you get tested by a trained professional. Many people show obsessive tendencies, but that does not mean they actually suffer from OCD.
June 7th, 2015 10:44pm
Only you know yourself. If you think you may have OCD try taking an online test. But make sure the website ends in .org or .gov. Never take a test seriously if it ends in .com :)
June 18th, 2015 3:24pm
Remember that OCD is a disorder. Something is only a disorder if it affects your life adversely on a day-to-day basis. Having obsessive thoughts or compulsions alone is not enough to make it a disorder.
November 3rd, 2015 7:43pm
We think coz we are human. We think coz our brain is in function everytime... its not abt how much you think.. its about how you think...
November 9th, 2015 5:14pm
You can easily call your doctor for an appointment to professionally verify whether you have OCD. Or you could reach out to a Listener or Moderator so that they can link you to a self help guide. If most of the criteria you feel is overlapping with what you read, than you ask for some professional help.
December 28th, 2015 1:00pm
I don't know but you can go to other listeners and talk to them about it, remember 7 cups of tea is always here for you
November 7th, 2017 3:11am
In a sense, OCD is overthinking so it's possible it could be both! OCD will make your brain keep going until you start to question what you think. Don't doubt your struggles
March 8th, 2021 7:27am
You can't give a diagnosis to yourself as many signs and symptoms of mental health issues can overlap in many different mental health issues or disorders. Repetitive behaviour seen in obsessive compulsive disorder can be seen in behavioural addictions too and if you have got them from early childhood, it can be also sign of autism spectrum disorder. It is why you can't diagnose self. I suggest you to write the signs and symptoms which bother you on a list of paper, write down also how intense they are, how often do you experience them (be precise - write how many episodes are daily, weekly, monthly), and how much they disturb your daily living. Then get a appointment by your doctor and tell to him all your symptoms (written down on before mentioned list of paper).