xRazoo wrote:Do either of you find that any of your compulsions are good in nature, but are excessive? For example you see cleanliness or being organized associated with OCD and I believe most people would consider someone who is clean/organized to have a good trait.
Do you find any of your compulsions are not "good" persay, but just different behavior? Like not enjoy odd numbers displaying on the thermostat or closing cabinets five times (as said in another example).
What do you think the point is where someone should seek medical help for OCD or, in general, compulsory behavior?
First question: There's nothing inherently bad with a lot of the compulsive actions people with OCD have. The reason it becomes a problem isn't because of the act itself, it's because the act begins to infringe upon the wellbeing of the person in question.
Being neat is one thing, but being late for work everyday because everything in your kitchen has to be perfectly symmetrical is dysfunctional. Liking to be clean is one thing, washing your hands so often your skin becomes raw and cracked to the point of bleeding and you spent 4 hours cleaning everyday instead of, say 45 minutes is dysfunctional.
Second question: Similar to the first, the actual act itself isn't the problem, it's how emotionally and mentally fixated on it we become. If the one truth of a healthy lifestyle is "everything in moderation" people with OCD have very unhealthy lives when it comes to unmanaged compulsions and obsessions.
Third question: there really is no hard fast line. If it's interfering with your life in such a way that it has become incredibly difficult or even impossible to complete the necessary functions of your daily life, then yeah, you should probably seek help. If you wash your hands 50 times a day, but it doesn't bother you or anyone else and it doesn't stop you from doing tasks that are required of you, don't waste your time and money trying to cure an essentially benign affliction.
What constitutes "bad enough to warrent medical attention" will vary from person to person, but in my experience, you'll know when it's reached that point.
Thanks for the questions.