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    Hi,
    so before I start I would just like to say I've never spoken to anyone about this so this is first time I've mentioned it.

    I constantly find myself doing things 4, 7, 12, 22 or 32 times, and it's ALWAYS these numbers. I know I've been doing it for at least 2 years now but in the last year it's got so much worse.

    It's just so not right, it's f#cking weird and I'm sick of it but can't even stop. Like I promise myself I'll stop at a set date, for good, (yes, it's got so f#cked up that I even have to set myself a date on when to stop as the date holds some significance and feel as if I don't do it then, I'll get bad luck or something) and I manage to stop doing it for only a few hours before I find myself doing it again and I just can't take it.

    I waste so much time and effort doing things, for example, if I put something down, I'll have to touch or re-place down the object 4, 7, 12, 22 or 32 times before I feel comfortable, or if I do something like turn on/off the tap, take a step, turn on a light switch, close a door, type something, watch a video, scroll up/down on a webpage and one of the worst ones, even when I'm speaking or reading etc. (I usually do these things twice/in twos/repeats as for some cases, any more I just feel REAL stupid) and if I get a bad thought whilst doing so, I'll have to do it again (on to the next number in the above order) and as you can imagine it's get's really tiring! I could seriously give you so many more examples but you get the idea.
    Even during my AS exams this year I had to keep crossing out words, and when I did, I'd put a line through it x amounts of time and if I got a bad thought on that number I'd have to do it until i get to the next number - and if I get to 32 I just reset back to 0 again! (and this is the case for everything in which I do this). This took up at least a minute or so each time which I knew would've helped me a great deal if I hadn't done so.
    There's also many cases where I would do something 32 times in counts of 4 (so I'd basically count to 32 four times)

    I've only found a few things online about it and I'm almost 100% sure it's compulsive counting disorder, a form of OCD.

    Does anyone else do this and I seriously NEED some help cause I can't carry on like this? Am I just being overly superstitious or something? Should I go see a councilor? I've never really had any mental problems and certainly never spoken to a psychologist or councilor but I've so had enough.

    I'm also a teen male if that helps, thanks.
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    (Original post by cookie123456789)
    Wow. Tell someone outside of TSR about this. It sounds weird.
    I've VERY briefly brought it up to family but they just shrug it off as a bit of OCD. I'd just sound weird if I tell anyone though lool.

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    I don't even know where to start in finding a psychologist though.
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    (Original post by helppppppppppppp)



    I've VERY briefly brought it up to family but they just shrug it off as a bit of OCD. I'd just sound weird if I tell anyone though lool.



    I don't even know where to start in finding a psychologist though.
    Get an appointment with your GP, they can refer you. Compile as many details as you can. Obviously won't be quick in finding a specialist.
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    I have a very mild form albeit more "conventional" in putting shoes/etc at right angles (so straightening them if they're skew-wiff)

    (Original post by helppppppppppppp)

    I don't even know where to start in finding a psychologist though.
    Try your GP, that'd be my own first port of call.
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    I used to do loads of things just like that, I stopped after one moment where I just said to myself "just don't do it" and I didn't. It feels weird at first but after a minute you'll forget about it and over time it will start to become less compulsive.
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    (Original post by Samii123)
    I used to do loads of things just like that, I stopped after one moment where I just said to myself "just don't do it" and I didn't. It feels weird at first but after a minute you'll forget about it and over time it will start to become less compulsive.
    It's not that simple.
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    It's sad to see such silly responses to someone asking for help with a mental health issue. I'm closing this thread, cleaning it up and moving it to Mental Health.

    Edit: this has now been done!

    OP, please speak to your GP about this as there's definitely help out there for you - I hope you're in a better place soon. If you need to talk to someone about anything at all, you're more than welcome to PM me :hugs:
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    (Original post by Danny the Geezer)
    Try your GP, that'd be my own first port of call.
    I definitely will if it continues.

    (Original post by Samii123)
    I used to do loads of things just like that, I stopped after one moment where I just said to myself "just don't do it" and I didn't. It feels weird at first but after a minute you'll forget about it and over time it will start to become less compulsive.
    I will try that, thank you very much.

    (Original post by Tiger Rag)
    It's not that simple.
    I suppose anything is worth a try but you're definitely right, it can be very difficult.

    (Original post by iEthan)
    It's sad to see such silly responses to someone asking for help with a mental health issue. I'm closing this thread, cleaning it up and moving it to Mental Health.

    Edit: this has now been done!

    OP, please speak to your GP about this as there's definitely help out there for you - I hope you're in a better place soon. If you need to talk to someone about anything at all, you're more than welcome to PM me :hugs:
    Thank you very much, I appreciate it greatly.
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    I suffer with this so I appreciate how frustrating it is and how much it can affect your life. It is a form of OCD if you do it to counter-act distressing thoughts, etc. Definitely go to your GP about it, or check if you can self-refer to any mental health services in your area (such as IAPT). You should be able to get some CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) which works on challenging these thoughts and behaviours. It was helpful for me.
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    (Original post by Tiger Rag)
    It's not that simple.
    It worked for me and it used to be pretty bad, albeit not as bad as op.
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    (Original post by Samii123)
    It worked for me and it used to be pretty bad, albeit not as bad as op.
    And it didn't work for me. I've had OCD since I was at least 7 or 8.
 
 
 
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