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Silly thoughts like want to do things on left side, will fail if not on time. Is it OCD ?

Well I think it may be OCD . If I am doing something, for example walking to school I think for eg if I m Not in school in 15 minutes then I will fail my science test or something or if I don t wear this bracelet tommorow I will lose all friends Something silly like that and I hope you get the idea and also sometimes I want to do things on my left side and Right side of my body
Asked On : Thu, 28 Feb 2013
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Psychiatrist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.

The "silly" thoughts which you have described are termed as "magical thinking" and is often seen in Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). The other irrational thoughts relating to symmetry are also likely to be obsessions.

However, a detailed history and a psychological assessment is required to make a definitive diagnosis of OCD. Hence, I would advise you to consult a psychiatrist for a detailed evaluation. If this diagnosis is confirmed, then there are effective treatment options in the form of medication and psychological therapies, which can help you overcome these unecessary thoughts.

Wish you all the best.

Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar
Consultant Psychiatrist
Answered: Wed, 6 Mar 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi's  Response
Dec 2014
Hello fabmegan
Welcome to Health Care Magic

The problem you are having like if I will not do a particular thing some thing bad will happen is called as AS-IF phenomenon. It is a part of Obsessive and Compulsive disorder. If you are having this thing, and you are aware that this is your own thought and you are not able to control these type of thoughts, and thoughts are distressing to you, and they persist unless you are compelled to do things according to your thought; then this is OCD.
OCD is a disorder of anxiety disorder group. If your education and work is hampering due to this then you should visit a psychiatrist for expert opinion.

Treatment is both medicinal (like SSRI, SNRI medicines), non medicinal (Behavior therapy, relaxation techniques, exposure and response prevention, relaxation techniques etc which you can do at home). If you have any other doubt you can ask again

Take Care
Answered: Wed, 6 Mar 2013
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