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Get feeling of people staring and talking about me, laughing at faults on entering school. Is this Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?

I m a 14 year old girl in freshman year of highschool. Everyday, when I enter my school, I feel like people are staring at me and watching my every move. I feel like they re all talking about me and laughing at my faults. I get really scared that I ve done something wrong or that I look bad. I sometimes start to panic if I can t find a friend to stay with me. Do I have Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder?
Asked On : Tue, 29 Jan 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Hello There,
It is pretty common among the adolescence to worry about their image and appearance in this way. It is classified in the spectrum of Anxiety Disorders. Your guess is very close because Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is also one of the disorders in the Anxiety Cluster. It could be mended with improvement of self esteem. It should be mentioned that it is a developmental issue. So you should not worry about it. If you work on some of your potentials like upgrading your grades and working on your artistic potentials and also in the sport you like, it would be of great help.
Answered: Wed, 30 Jan 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

Your symptoms can be seen in many psychiatric disorders, like:
- Social anxiety
- Delusional disorder, etc.
It seems unlikely to be due to an Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

A detailed history and psychological assessment are necessary to arrive at a diagnodis.

Since your symptoms appear to be quite distressing and disabling to you, I would advise you to consult a psychiatrist for a detailed evaluation and further treatment.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Wed, 30 Jan 2013
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