Resisting the Urge

I blamed the OCD. That tiny malformation of genetics, passed gladly and unknowingly through generations, finally reaching its crescendo in the bloodstream of the twenty first century. It was the same type of gene that made me enjoy wearing little hats and shoes with cats on them. The anti-social gene. It had to be the fault of something. I blamed the OCD.

I checked the front door was locked and went upstairs into my room. I checked that I had set the alarm on my phone, and the alarm on my alarm clock for three minutes later… I always set them the same way. I didn’t want to be late for work, afterall. Then I lay down in bed and closed my eyes… and slowly… ever so slowly… drifted off to… had I checked the front door?!

Heart pounding I went downstairs to check. It was definitely locked. I went back upstairs. While I was there I checked my two alarms again, just in case. Then I went back to bed.

But did I lock the door, or did I just think I locked the door? Did I unlock it accidentally when I just went to check that I’d locked it, having already locked it the first time? I went downstairs to check again. No, still locked. Definitely still locked. Upstairs. The alarms. Still set. To bed. This time I knew for certain that everything was just fine.

But then Paranoia arrived on his mighty steed. He always arrives before Sleep… Sleep always gets stuck in traffic.

Did you set the alarm?

‘Yes, I set both of them.’

Did you actually set them though?

‘Yes, look… I’ve just checked again. They’re set. They’re both set.’

But… did you just accidentally turn them off when you checked them?

‘I don’t think so… I’ll just check. No, they’re both set.’

But did you just accidentally turn them off that time?

‘I’m pretty sure I didn’t, but just to be sure, I’ll just check again.’

Oh, so they’re set then?

‘Yes. I just did them.’

Good.

‘Good.’

… what about the front door?

‘Aaaarrrgh!’

Leaping out of bed, I raced down the stairs, but my hand stopped short of the door handle. This was madness. Oh, confounded obsession! The door was obviously going to be locked. My brain was just melting. I convinced myself that I wasn’t going to check the door. I backed away, my hand still outstretched towards the door… just be normal… do something normal… normal, normal, normal. Because going up the stairs backwards was normal. Panicking slightly at my momentary insanity, my mind reversed to my time in therapy: ‘Just do something else instead’. It was designed to take my mind off it. To ease the urge. Just do something else. It was the kind of thing murderers got told too: ‘Just do something else instead’. It was so obvious, so simple, so… universally nonchalant. It couldn’t possibly fail.

I tried going imaginary fishing. But it was dark and I never caught anything. I still wanted to check.

I tried drawing cartoon pictures of an octopus wearing a hat and going to the shops. But his hat fell off and it made me sad. I still wanted to check.

I tried eating 14 bags of Skittles to see if I could really taste the rainbow. But I just ended up vomiting in one of my shoes. I still wanted to check.

So then I tried cutting off my own head with a fork. Finally, something was working! I was laughing maniacally at my genius until I cut through my throat… then I only made some splurging noises. But finally, the urge had been resisted! The insanity had ended! I didn’t want to check anymore!

But I did need a doctor. Probably should have left the door open.

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About Anna

Author of the Insanity Aquarium. Current fears include time as a concept, the squishiness of my right eyeball, and not being able to open this jar.
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160 Responses to Resisting the Urge

  1. cantueso says:

    I am sending this to a friend to see, but I cut out the first paragraph and shortened it. That first paragraph is too intellectual.

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    • Anna says:

      If you are to do this, just please link back so that your friend can also see the original. ‘Too intellectual’ doesn’t really feel like a valid excuse for unauthorised amendments.

      Have a wonderful day, my dear!

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  5. gaycarboys says:

    Yes it is OCD but it is in all of us LOL

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  6. Bahbiti says:

    …the imagery in your writing is appreciated though the abundance of praise. I too was taken with excellent writing. “Resisting the Urge” is the first of your pieces I have read and about to take a peek at you…nice work! :)

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  7. trialsinfood says:

    for me, it’s the door, the car lock, the stove and the facets. it’s so exhausting and i know it’s irrational, but i just can’t help it!

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  8. Mindless Log says:

    0CD can be quite draining, you know you’ve done something (like you said, checked the doors), but not truly knowing and a part of you feels like am i sure i checked it. I study Psychology and i find it intriguing how our behaviour and thoughts can affect us so much, from a subconscious level to a physical level. Intriguing isn’t it?

    My Blog: mindlesslog.wordpress.com

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  9. lolabees says:

    The front door, the stove and oven (even if I haven’t used them in days,) the garage door… we’ve all been there. Some more than others ;) Great post!

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    • Anna says:

      It’s always the alarm clocks and the door for me! If I could ever be bothered to use the oven it would probably be that too :D

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  11. Renju says:

    Ha ha ha..i don’t know what makes you write this, but definitely i lived through your words and imagined the situation. Can’t resist thinking and the combination of ideas and creativity coming out of it.
    Best Wishes & Merry Christmas.

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  12. topiclessbar says:

    Fun post! I can absolutely relate to this. My latest paranoid delusion was that sleeping with my head close to the power outlet was going to cause something bad to happen (not sure what, maybe cancer or it would throw off the wiring of my brain, don’t know). So anyways, congrats on writing a post every neurotic person in the world can relate to!

    And on getting Freshly Pressed, too. haha

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  13. Anne Schilde says:

    I do this all the time! I rehearse stuff in my head so much, I can’t tell the difference between whether I actually did it or just meant to.

    The 14 bags of Skittles would have done the trick. I’d have fallen asleep sorting them in to little piles… green… orange… red ones are yucky so they go with purple… :)

    I’m so excited! This is the first real fiction I’ve read on FP. Maybe because it wasn’t tagged as fiction? You’re my newest hero!

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    • Anna says:

      Anne, I am EXACTLY the same! Sometimes I don’t know whether I’ve imagined that I’ve done something or if I’ve actually done it. This is why checklists help, although I always end up worrying about them too!

      I have spent many a day organising jelly beans into colour order so I could put them in my jelly bean machine. This is why I don’t have one anymore… although I still like organising sweets into colour order before I eat them! The madness and delicousness of it all.

      And I know right! Everything I write is always part reality, part falsity, so I was genuinely very suprised (and elated) to have been FP’d as I have never seen any fiction on the front page either. The fiction revolution is nigh! Huzzah! :D

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    • Anne Schilde says:

      Checklists! Oh please, please read this: The List. I’d love to see what you think!

      Haha, I was actually just sorting Rainbow Nerds the other day. Can you believe that?

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    • Anna says:

      I did read it and I am now following your blog. You, lady, are amazing!

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  14. Nicole says:

    I read this out loud to my lovely girlfriend who asks immediately after we lock the door from the outside to leave “Is the stove off?!” After that, she’ll ask me “Is the door locked?!” even though she’s just seen and heard me lock the door. We enjoyed this very much.

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    • Anna says:

      Squueee! I’m so glad you read it out and shared it together! My heart was warmed reading this :D

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  15. Anna says:

    ” Then I lay down in bed and closed my eyes… and slowly… ever so slowly… drifted off to… had I checked the front door?!” –> I know exactly how this goes and how this feels. OCD can be such a pain, right? 14 bags of Skittles… You didn’t just taste the rainbow. You saw them on your shoe. Lol. Great post! You definitely have the talent in writing. I really enjoyed reading this :)

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    • Anna says:

      It can be, but at least it provides the basis for weekly blogging activity! And we have the same name which for some reason makes me very happy :D

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  16. ecocred says:

    I completely love thsi post! you are spot on!

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  17. maysea says:

    My first visit here. :) I had a great dip in your aquarium.

    Also, I think I have OCD too. ;> I count the letters of all the words running in my head. It’s not as fun as yours but, all the same, irritating. I’ve cured myself of it though. Probably was just a streak of idleness on my part.

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  18. screenprintr says:

    I’m sure there’s a little bit of OCD in all of us. However, I feel that there’s a lot of OCD in my and my child.

    Sometimes I wonder if it’s a little OCD or am I just forgetful? I’ve seen a guy check his store to make sure it was locked, about ten or more times a night.

    You would have thought he’d create a spread sheet and check it off as he’s locking and rechecking the door.

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    • Anna says:

      I create checklists for quite a lot of stuff… but then I somehow doubt if I actually did it, or just thought about doing it and then got confused and just ticked it off. It happens too often!

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  19. Sajib says:

    Wow! Amazing write-up. I don’t know why but I held my breath throughout the entire post!

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  20. darkjade68 says:

    This feels like a good time for a Mel Gibson, Brave Heart, Pre Attack, Blue Faced, Ride by Speach… YAH CAN TAKE MY BLOGGGG… BUT YAH CAN’T TAKE MY FACEBOOKKKKKKKKK!!!

    lol, maybe not… But when a Mob Gathers, you gotta Yell/Proclaim something… Don’t you?

    Gratz again Anna

    DarkJade-

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  21. hahahah! Two Thumbs Up!

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  22. FANTASTIC blog post, I love it! I used to do the same at school – set my phone alarm, turn it off (the alarm would still work that way, old school Nokia…) – but once I switched my phone on//off 3 times out of sheer paranoia that it wasn’t set!
    Also do you get this thing when you dream something, but it was so real that you’re convinced that it actually happened?! I keep stumbling into awkward conversations with friends, believing that we’d talked about such-and-such the day before. Woops.

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    • Anna says:

      I definitely do get those kind of dreams! Usually however they’re mostly to do with me dreaming that I’ve woke up late, which then causes me to wake up early. Only I’m still dreaming. And then I wake up confused. Blegh.

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  23. I was a Home Economics teacher, but I have too many interests and “projects”, so my house is always CLUTTERED! I kow I have that important paper I need, but I don’ know where it is (some place in my vehicle or home)!

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    • Anna says:

      I’m far, far too neat! It does come in handy though. It’s never difficult to find socks, and socks are a basic human right. Obviously.

      Thanks for the comment :)

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  24. ficfaq says:

    Very well written post…you said it exactly if you know what I mean.

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  25. Evie Garone says:

    First time to visit your blog and so glad I did, you are hilarious! That being said, I totally understand that need or compulsion, I have a slightly hyper personality and tend to obsess on things, glad you could take a comic view, I try to, also otherwise we would actually be insane! Kudos on being FP’d!

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    • Anna says:

      Comedy is always the best way to disguise an otherwise frightful situation! If you pretend you’re living some kind of Shakespearian comedy, everything seems so much better. Cake makes stuff better too.

      Thanks for the comment! Mmm cake.

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  26. Gravatar? says:

    lol so that’s what a gravatar is…

    sorry first comment…

    I love this story

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  27. ManicPlanet says:

    I recommend spoons over forks. No reason – just a personal preference.

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  28. lastboomerstanding says:

    Were we separated at birth? (and perhaps a couple of centuries?) Hilarious! I love your preposterous authenticity, and the fact that you can share your humorous take on the absurdity of everyday common insanity. (it IS common, isn’t it?) Big fan!

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  29. You could make a check list and check off each item as you do it on your way to bed….but what fun would that be…and would you really believe yourself anyway? Funny post

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    • I am really good at checklists, but I loss them in my clutter, so I have to make another one and then amazingly I loose the 2nd list too! I have been known to go into a store, can’t find my list, then go out to my car after shopping and somehow discover that the list was still somehow in my pocket! Unbelievable, how did I get through college? how did I manage to teach? substitute teach?
      It must be a gift from God, I am so unorganized, but yet I seem to get so many things done and have the time to help so many people on spur-of-the-moment!!!!

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    • Anna says:

      I’m too obsessed with lists anyway… seriously, if I didn’t write down to eat I’d never do it! I suck all the fun out of my own life :D

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  30. I enjoyed this post, congratulations on getting freshly pressed.

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  31. cpmondello says:

    LOVED this: “I tried eating 14 bags of Skittles to see if I could really taste the rainbow. But I just ended up vomiting in one of my shoes. I still wanted to check.” i think i need to “share”….lol

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  32. This made me laugh :-) I was like this when I was younger, not quite to the extent of eating skittles until I could taste the rainbow but it was similar enough lol. I think I grew out of it with some help of just setting limits and then after a while it was out of my system. Great post!

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  33. my first visit to your aquarium, but its certainly a wild ride.
    :) well done

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  35. ineedacanopener says:

    I learned to spend more time in the “NOW”. it helps.

    If you go to a doctor. They’ll send u to a hospital and stuff you with medicines. If you look for answers beyond “what society dictates”. You’ll be surprised how what you have is not a disability but a gift in other cultures and places.

    Your manifesting early shamanic stages

    PS. Your a gifted writer by the way

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  36. Summer Said says:

    Hahaha! Dear God girl. I laughed out loud at this post. I don’t have OCD but I’d venture to guess something sinister is lurking inside my brain that taunts me. It’s not been diagnosed as far as I can tell. But I do believe it was put there either by generations of screwball DNA or some idiot I dated long ago. Never the less, the locks, the alarms, the skittles; I can totally relate. In my world, it’s people, logistics and nagging thoughts about the things I know I can’t change. Stress kills. Stick to drugs and alcohol. It’s much safer. Kudos.
    http://summersaid.wordpress.com

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  37. Please come check my door when your finished re-checking yours…I always have the OCD urge to do so, but somehow lack the energy once I’m tucked in. I get high off the risk I take by not checking – weird…

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  38. seabeegirl says:

    I have ADD, which, I guess, is like the exact opposite of OCD. I don’t remember to check anything, as something is always distracting me. (Squirrels, anything shiny, a dust mote floating by in the air…) I HAVE left my oven on, my curling iron plugged in, the door unlocked, and forgotten to set my alarm. My guardian angel is putting in some massive overtime. :P

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    • Oh, heck, no wonder I am so scatterbrained – I have both OCD and ADD. When I was in school K-12, I don’t think those thing were known about or even tested for! I think it now is called ADHD or something, I also think I am dexlexic when I read outloud, my brain works faster than I can talk or listen! Yes I did bleach my hair blond for many years, Do you think it is from those chemicals I had used on my hair?

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    • Anna says:

      In fairness though, squirrels are pretty awesome.

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  39. Sarah D. says:

    Yes, this is familiar, although I haven’t had to deal with it for a number of years. Checklists help. Your writing is wonderful, though!

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    • Anna says:

      Checklists are the bane of my life! I live my life in checklists. They do help but they do also make my head implode at times :D

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  40. How good are Skittles? I’ve never tried eating 14 bags of them, but I accept the challenge.

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  41. Thank you, a great representation on what OCD can be; my son battles with it…

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  42. eyeLaugh says:

    holy crap! that is insane. how do you do it

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  43. Well you got freshpressed–now you’ll be too “big” for your oldest fans. You won’t make eye contact across the room at the big parties any more, you’ll start shoplifting and having “wardrobe malfunctions”, and substance abuse issues, and we’ll have to read in “People” that your dad wouldn’t buy you a dog when you were 5, and that’s why you now have murderous intentions…..Congrats, though, you deserve it.

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  44. Yatin says:

    You should have let Mr. Paranoia go fishing & let the octopus guard the door. Congratulations on being freshly pressed. Stop refreshing the page, yes it’s your blog on the front page!

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  45. Imaginary fishing.. I chuckled at that part. I equated it with when I imaginary drive somewhere.. I get there so much faster in my head.
    I can relate to your OCD! I have driven half way to work and driven back home because, after making sure the flat iron was shut off, I had to REALLY make sure.

    Great post.

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    • Anna says:

      I’ve had to stop dead in the street and go home so many times just to check that stuff has been turned off or locked. On the upside, the extra exercise is always good! :D

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  46. The octopus on th Old Spice commercials is disturbing at best. I have resigned my self to the fact that if the door is unlocked, or iron left on or alarm not set, the Earth as I know it will not cease to exist. It has always continued no matter the outcome of the day. Nothing burned down, nothing stolen. I can be OCD-ish about things, but I simply pull out one of the MILLION things Iliek to think about and voila! What unlocked door. But do no tlet me be out of the house with it unlocked or it is full on house search for the serial killer waiting inside. All closets, inder beds, in the showers, everywhere must be checked for that lurking murderer. Some places twice if I forget from one end of the house to another.
    Hey, how about taking a picture of the locked door on your phone, so you can just look at it for reassurance once tucked in?
    Absolutely hilarious and strikes a cord in everyone…we are all obessed with what we might have foregotten at sometime or another. Congrats on FP! I see the OCPD is helping you to reply to each and every comment! You go-go-go OCPD, GO!!! :0) AmberLena (p.s. I have a rock for that!) :)

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    • Anna says:

      Yay OCPD! It comes in handy at times :D

      And I have never seen that Old Spice advert with the octopus! I’ve seen the one with the guy on the horse with the diamonds which always makes me giggle like a ferret, but alas no octopus. I shall have to look out for him!

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  47. Alexandra says:

    Oh god, something in me was jumping together with you ( or the main character of the story?) while reading this post. I know these feelings and I hate them so much but it’s the first time I felt it so strongly just from reading about somebody else’s experience.
    I don’t think I have an OCD but I definitely had episodes like these. I think they become more prominent when I’m tired or stressed.
    Oh god! I can’t get rid of the feeling now :))
    But what a well written text that post is!

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    • Anna says:

      Everything I write is a combination of reality and falsity, so if you felt the need to be jumping alongside me, then I welcome you with open arms! We shall jump until the floor caves in, or I have to go and get some toast. Whichever is sooner. Probably the toast.

      Anyway, thanks so much for your comment! I never expected to be FP’d or to make anybody feel anything in particular, so I am so moved that you took the time to share your story-reading experience! Thanks so much Alexandra, your comment has made my evening :)

      And now for toast!

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    • Alexandra says:

      You’re cool !:)
      Not only did I feel the need to jump I was eventually doing so and my husband asked me what happened and I said that I read a post about an OCD experience and now I can’t stop jumping.
      It’s so cool that you were FP’s, that’s fair because your writing’s awesome.
      Let’s get the toast!

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  48. kagmi says:

    I just have to say…this is the third independent instance of a hat-wearing octopus I have encountered in the last two weeks. Is there a hat-wearing octopus ghost running around, whispering to artists everywhere?

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  49. Have you ever tried a checklist? I wondered if it might help to write down each item with a box, and then mark the boxes after checking each situation (carefully)…then you could look at the checklist again for reassurance, instead of visiting the location again. Maybe you could get more sleep.

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    • Anna says:

      That’s not a bad plan, but I also have OCPD which is a preoccupation with lists and schedules… I have too many lists as it is! But still, lists are generally awesome (says my frazzled mind). I shall have to try it sometime! And thanks for stopping by :)

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  50. Such an illness takes away from the quality of life. This is my prayer that your illness will be healed. Believe it will, and it will be.

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  51. Rae says:

    I feel for you. I have unreasonable paranoia that turns into OCD too. There’s some good mental exercises you can learn that can help, but when it gets too bad, Xanax is your friend.

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

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    • Anna says:

      Mr Mirtazipine sometimes comes along and tells me off for obsessing over stuff, but other times he wanders off to rob old ladies and get high. He ain’t so reliable. And thanks! :D

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  52. susielindau says:

    I have a little OCD but often think maybe it is just short term memory loss. I have done things a million times as routine so I don’t know if I did it today without thinking? Double checking things once in a while is a normal part of my life. When I start triple checking I will start to worry!
    Great post!
    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

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    • Anna says:

      Thank you! I do wonder that too. My memory is terrible, but is also likes to trip me up and kick me in the face.

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  53. valentinedee says:

    Your story, fascinating, and yet funny but not so funny. I know all about OCD and thank heavens, I kicked it. But it is crazy when it’s happening, isn’t it? The urge to double and triple check feels uncontrollable, but it is controllable.

    Great post

    Val
    http:valentinedefrancis.wordpress.com

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    • Anna says:

      Thank you so much for the comment- you’ve said it exactly right! People who have never experienced it tend not to understand so much, but it is indeed uncontrollable aswell as being controllable at exactly the same time. It just depends on how my mind is treating me that day. Well that, and the weather.

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  54. natasiarose says:

    Mmmm 14 bags of skittles and octopus.

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  55. Congrats on making Freshly Pressed!

    I had a weekend getaway ruined because I was just sure I had left the coffee pot on. Even though I had already checked it five times. Ugh!

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    • Anna says:

      Most of my days are laced with general ‘Have I locked it properly?!’ fear. Even if I have locked it properly, did I REALLY lock it properly? YES. Well, probably. I don’t know. CHECK IT AGAIN!
      I tend not to go away for this very reason. Well, that and killer badgers.

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  56. LegosnEggos says:

    This post just NAILED it! I suffer with OCD, and this is exactly what I go through each day and night — these things and the iron being left on, which it never, ever is. Thanks for giving me a good laugh at myself and this crazy existence. :) M

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  57. The Hook says:

    One of the most creative headers on WordPress! Well done.

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  58. fireygoddess says:

    OCD.. A love hate relationship. (I’m an art therapist by trade and it’s my fav “disorder”).

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  59. Aarom says:

    Oh my.

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  60. I’m not even OCD and I have the door-locking paranoia. Congrats on being freshly pressed!

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  61. kdelicious says:

    LOL story of my life. Nice to know I’m not the only freak ;D

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  62. I enjoyed your post. I sometimes blog about my bipolar disorder. Congrats on Freshly Pressed. Now hang on the ride!
    Kathy

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    • Anna says:

      Thank you so much Kathryn! :D Being FP’d is awesome… I got home from work and did a little dance from the excitement. Best day ever!

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  63. I am terrified by your opening picture.

    And I think I must try to taste the Skittles rainbow.

    That is all.

    ;)

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  64. eva626 says:

    def OCD LOL

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  65. Must try some of those OCD quick-fixes. Well, maybe not the skittles.

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    • Anna says:

      The ‘cutting off your head’ doesn’t work so good either. Next time I’ll try cutting off my leg.

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  66. I liked this story. I don’t have OCD but this kind of made me understand it a bit and it was amusing in the right places.

    There was some bloke I would sometimes see on the outside of his door, he would be leaning against it for ages. I don’t know what he was trying to do really. However, other times he would be on the inside of the door just opening and closing it. Proper weird.

    PS – I think Dark Jade fancies you.

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    • Anna says:

      There’s a woman at work who always has to check her locker is locked by rattling the door for about a minute. I’ve never seen her because I’m somehow always on the toilet while this happens. ASDA toilet ghost perhaps? Hmm…

      And ha! I somehow doubt that. I could be an old man for starters. A horny old man who pretends to be a 21 year old woman. For shiggles.

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  67. Pete Howorth says:

    Also! New theme! Theme number 3!! And you have a purple thing on your head! I’m trying to find a suitable third theme but I’m coming up with nothing so far :(

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    • Anna says:

      I really like this theme, but it doesn’t do much for my ‘dark’ persona… so I thought drawing scary teeth and claws on myself would make up for that. MS Paint, you’re my hero!

      And YAY PURPLE THING! It’s an octopus that I couldn’t be bothered to draw, so I stole it from thar intarweb.

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    • Pete Howorth says:

      Ahh you kids and your internets and doo dads! The floating blue fish scared me more than anything, HOW ARE THEY ALIVE!!

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    • Anna says:

      God, Pete… they’re magic… OBVIOUSLY.

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    • Pete Howorth says:

      Man I r stoopidz..

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  68. tootsiewoo says:

    This is a perfect description of OCD!! I have not-too-bad OCD to I-want-to-chop-off-my-head-and-boil-it-for-supper OCD depending on the time in my life but this was a spot on description, I even started to twitch a bit as I was reading it!
    What I used to do was put an ice-cube on my arm and just sit and deal with the slight pain until it went away. It’s weird but it totally works!

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    • Anna says:

      I was never convinced by the ice-cube trick… the same with snapping elastic bands against your arm! Might have to try it out sometime then :)

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  69. Bothered says:

    You may have to post a picture of the little hat and the cat shoes sometime. I love the way your writing style changes. I also liked when you were having conversations with yourself. I get the urge all the time. Before bed I go through the entire house to make sure all the doors are locked, lights are off, faucets aren’t dripping, and murderers aren’t hiding in the shower. I’ll even wake up in the middle of the night, and do it again.Thanks again for a great story.

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    • Anna says:

      The only time I ever wake up in the night again, is to check my alarms! Those things are the bane of my life… thanks for the comment! :D

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  70. Val says:

    You’ve got that sense of overwhelmedness (is there such a word?) really well in this. Congrats! :)

    I usually leave the door locking to someone else so my OCD rarely gets to work on that one. It does get to work on whether or not I turned off the hob, but a couple of years ago I made a decision that I’ve manage to stick to, to check no more than three times.

    I think the basis of OCD is three things: fear of death – which could come in some weird form from not having done the thing you think you haven’t done… if that makes any sense; fear of being proven wrong (to yourself); and self-disbelief. Crack those and you’ll probably crack OCD. Good luck. I’ve tried and mostly failed (apart from only checking the hob three times!) ;)

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    • Anna says:

      That’s awesome about your hob news! :D I have OCPD with a little OCD thrown in there for good measure, so it’s not so much the fear of things if I don’t do them, rather my mind can’t settle if things aren’t ‘straight’. OCPD’s more a preoccupation with lists and schedules, but I definitely do have some OCD traits… checking things multiple times being one of the tells! But as frustrating as it is, I guess it makes us who we are. We’d all be boring if we only checked the hob the once.

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  71. sami116 says:

    HAHAHAA…. I don’t have enough adjectives in my arsenal to define this. Impeccably funny. Superb.

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  72. darkjade68 says:

    I only let myself do things once… No more… Because the more you allow/feed it, the more it hungers.

    By allowing yourself just one time… You’ve set a limit… And you’re not denying it completely. But for me, it goes away.

    I am not OCD, but I do have those Obsessive Moments… Especially when I’ve had too much Sugar, or Caffeine, lol

    I think maybe, you just need a hug, lol… Let Nature soothe it for you.

    If a Hug is not handy, then simply squeeze the Sh@#! out of a Soft White Pillow… Or any other color pillow for that matter

    It is sad about the Hat… But then again, he should have never Existed anyway…

    See if the allowing yourself only Once works for you… And, just in case, keep only Sporks (Plastic Fork Spoon Blends) in the house… Apparently Forks are up to no good, and you simply deserve better than Death By Cutlery… :(

    And, keep a Baseball Bat, or a Crossbow by your bed… So that if you did leave the door unlocked, you are ready

    Excellent Piece Anna… Nearly Flawless as they say… Not that I would have changed a thing, it’s perfect as it is.

    You are a Lovely Writer, and do indeed inspire me… And I thank you for it

    DarkJade-

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    • Pete Howorth says:

      “It is sad about the Hat… But then again, he should have never Existed anyway…”

      That’s harsh. How would you like to be told you shouldn’t exist?

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    • Anna says:

      Well, I do have OCD. OCPD to be exact. So I can’t limit myself to ‘just once’. Tablets and therapy doesn’t help, so cutting off my own head is always the best way. Seems logical :D

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    • darkjade68 says:

      Yeah I wasn’t sure if that would work with actual OCD… or OCPD…

      Nothing like a Quick Fix from an outsider, eh lol But it’s still a lovely Piece, with Great Humor

      DarkJade-

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  73. Pete Howorth says:

    Nearly shmearly, this WAS flawless because aside from jamming a fork in my throat this is me down to a tee! I check my alarms on my phone several times because of the same reason. I have gone outside to check I locked my car door more than once too… Did I lock my car door?

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    • Anna says:

      I don’t have a car, but I’m sure when I do it’ll be exactly the same. The worst thing about the front door is suddenly thinking about it when I get to work, and I’m like, ‘Shiiiit’. But when I get home, it’s always locked. It’s either that I’ve done it, or the robbers decided to lock up after they’d done. Either way, it’s always nice.

      And thanks for the comment! :)

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    • Pete Howorth says:

      I get it in the head that I’ve just ordered something for my bro for Christmas, but did I order one or did I accidentally order two aswell.

      I am a strange one.

      Thanks for the reply :P

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    • Yup, I’m the same way with my vehicle, but I have a remote yo press lock. I know it is locked when I press the lock button, or did someone else just press yheir lock button and mine is unlocked still because of some door not being shut all the way?

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  74. Somehow, “his hat fell off and it made me sad” had a bigger effect on me than the idea of you sawing through your own neck.

    Nearly flawless, this one.

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