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How can constant counting disorder be treated?

Ever since I was young, I ve always counted each step as I walk up and down stairs without meaning to. I thought this was just a little quirk and thought nothing of it until recently as it s gotten worse. I ve noticed I ve started to count my steps as I walk, I count each time I chew something, repetitive noises like the clicks on a fan oven - basically anything repetitive I have the sub-conscious need to count it. The only thing that I can do to make it stop is to listen to music, but I can t listen to music all the time. It s been driving me crazy because I don t want to know how many steps it takes to get to the kitchen or how many chews it took for that mouth full of food.
Wed, 6 Jun 2018
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Hello and Welcome to ‘Ask A Doctor’ service. I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

First of all this is not a disorder at all, though many practitioners may call it with different names. Your present behavior is an outcome your past habits. If you change the habit, automatically the behavior changes. Don't worry too much.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

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