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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:54 AM
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Poll question: Are you obsessive/compulsive? I have to know now!
Inquiring minds are driven to know!

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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fleabert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:55 AM
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1. I cannot go to bed until I respond to this thread...
and do some laundry, and pack, and do the dishes, and clean the toilet...

:-)

seriously.
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:04 AM
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4. Ha ha ha ha ha! I can visualize that of you, Sweety. ;-)
That's one reason I'm such a wreck. My depression does not allow my other compulsions to rule my life.
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fleabert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:18 AM
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8. :big fat hug: I really need to get off DU and do my chores. because
I seriously can't go to bed until they are done, and I am tired. I've been in the dumps myself for a while now. Happy that we moved, happy that dh is happy, but freaked a bit about the change as well. :-( I really need to get a job so I can feel normal again, but I am scared to fail. The old habit of -if I never try, I can't fail!- so stupid, but so easy to fall into the cycle.

I hope you are feeling good these days, you are officially on my mind for the day tomorrow! Good vibes all day! Hope they do their job! How is the crazy cat, btw? Still in your life, begrudgingly? Did she ever calm down?
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:30 AM
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13. The crazy cat found a home, before she succeeded in killing me...
thankfully. You have my best wishes for lining out those few items in your life still bothering you. :hug:
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fleabert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:35 AM
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17. smooches...
:hug: glad she didn't steal your breath in the night, or claw your eyes out in the day! I am sure on some level, she knew you saved her...
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:45 AM
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22. Thank you, Dear. It was your, and a few other's encouragement...
that kept me from taking the easy way out of that predicament! :loveya:
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:57 AM
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2. Yes, I am - I take meds for it
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 01:01 AM by HEyHEY
And let me tell you, it's a terrible, awful way to live your life.
I've only been on meds for a couple months. Before that nothing... only knew my problem for four or five months.
For years I lived in hell, quietly thinking I was going insane.

EDIT: If anyone else on DU suffers from this and wants someone to talk to... PM me if you like.
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:11 AM
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5. I've been that way all my life, Pard. Luckily, I was able...
to channel it into my various careers and hobbies until the last several years. I'm glad you're finding means of controlling it. Good luck, my Friend. :hug:
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:15 AM
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7. It was always like that for me too
Until about five years ago, then it took over. Nights were often spent alone repeating shit to myself over and over while going through the steps with me hand and talking it all out. I just couldn't stop, sometimes I'd get headaches it was so bad.
People who have never truly been affected by this have no idea how terrible it really is.
But, yeah on the upside, it has made me excel at my career when the OCD wasn't in control.
I'm hopefully going to be going to a clinic within the next year.
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fleabert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:21 AM
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10. I am so sorry.
I joke, but honestly, I get scared sometimes for myself. It's not controlling me these days, but I can see it happening. The repeating words and phrases are scary. I can stop it though, I just have to tell myself to stop, out loud, when I realize I am doing it. I hope your treatment helps- I can imagine how hard it is.
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:30 AM
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14. See a doctor
If it ever gets out of hand
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fleabert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:34 AM
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15. I will. No hesitation.
thanks.
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:36 AM
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18. How old are you BTW?
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fleabert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:10 AM
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24. 32
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:24 AM
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12. Yes, it can be terrible, and can cause unlimited repercussions.
I hope it works where you get some relief, Brother. :hug:
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:40 AM
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21. Thanks, you too
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 12:59 AM
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3. I couldn't vote only once
I couldn't vote only once
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:13 AM
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6. Oh, I noticed that...
Yes, I noticed that, for sure.
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Random_Australian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:21 AM
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9. I'm the bloke who voted 'Other'
I'm fine most of the time, but I have been known to suddenly exhibit symptoms of a number of mental disorders....
(Autism, Depression, and a few types of schitzophrenia are the most common) that just come and go, rather suddenly. In time I've learnt to control all of these very well, actually, although one of my mechanisms means I can't drink, unfortunately, (though I did try some non-alcoholic wine once, as a joke... I almost passed out, but thats a different story)

By far the hardest part is having to hide it. Mental illness was unnaccpetable at home due to my mother (who had her family destroyed by an 'Incident') can't see psychologist or take meds for same reason (Both were instrumental in the incident)... and living in a very redneck area... that sucked too because socially, anyone with problems is an outcast by default. Mental illness is treated as if it were contagious.
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fleabert Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:24 AM
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11. There is a forum for mental illness here, you should check it out for
some support. My mom is Manic Depressive, and she feels much like you do about the stigma. I love her dearly, and try to understand as best I can.

I hope that you can get treatment soon- a good psychiatrist can do wonders for you.
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Random_Australian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:35 AM
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16. In this case there is a good reason
for the stigma: With a LOT of people on Marijauna far more powerful than natural, (I mean people getting 1,400 times the dose by getting strong stuff and smoking all day) depression is endemic... the No. 1 reason for Ambulance Callouts back where home was was to attend youth suicide attempts.

So I've moved out, I worked hard, got amazing marks, and frieked off. People keep telling me that 17 is too young for University, but freak that! So I'm somewhere much better now.

One problem: In controlling all the others I use my Depression almost as much, if not more, than the memory-changing/replacing schitzophrenia... and it won't allow me to seek help *sigh*.
(that's what I leave it at when stable. I've already promised myself that if things turn ugly I'll pitch depression vs. shitzophrenia for long enough for me to talk about it, and get help. I never will let myself get suicidal again. Never.)
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misanthrope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:43 AM
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27. So what you're saying...
...is that in your place of origin, kids are killing themselves because they're jonesin'?
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Random_Australian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:47 AM
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29. Yeah. Highs are way out of hand
Go to high, fall to hard. Marijauna has strange effects on teens anyway. Add to that that most people get drunk & stoned from 14.... the place is just a hole.
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HEyHEY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:37 AM
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19. FUck them - you can get help and get better
do that instead. I never went to a doctor for similiar reasons... I am now, and glad I am.
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:40 AM
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20. I was raised among people who would work until...
they would literally fall in their tracks. Luckily, in the last decade or two it's become acceptable, sometimes even fashionable, to obtain counseling for one's problems. I hope you can get help with yours.
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Random_Australian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 01:46 AM
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23. I've compromised.... I'm quite stable now
Edited on Fri Mar-10-06 02:16 AM by Random_Australian
so I'm doing psychology. One thing this whole thing has given me is such a different perspective that I do very well in academia.

Soon though, that's going to be tested.

My dad's dying.

I'M SEVENTEEN DAMMIT! No tears though yet. Haven't even posted about it in the lounge.

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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:24 AM
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25. Oh shit, Pard. I am so very sorry to hear that...
I know how it hurts. I've had some major hits like that myself.
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Random_Australian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:43 AM
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28. Old saying: If you need to cry
post for sympathy on the lounge.

I think I might do that now.
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 02:40 AM
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26. I can be especially when I'm leaving home for a few days.
Driving back to retrieve something I've forgotten when I'm already 1/2 across town isn't too bad.

Also my house mates are getting a wee bit annoyed with me for saying "I'll be right with you after I finish this post."
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 09:05 AM
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30. ...and the eternal question... Did you turn off the stove and water hose?
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:01 PM
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31. I can call home to ask about that.
:P
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:03 PM
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32. Oh, good! I can't tell you how many hours I've spent worrying!
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In_The_Wind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-10-06 05:05 PM
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33. However ~ I do start packing days in advance.
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Strong Atheist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 11:23 AM
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34. No, never:
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 11:29 AM
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35. Ah hah! Your actions put the lie to your words! :-)
:rofl:
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Strong Atheist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 11:40 AM
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37. What gave me away?
:-( :P
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 12:18 PM
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43. ...
:rofl:
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Strong Atheist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 12:22 PM
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45. Did it have anything to do with the fact that about half the posts
there were from me? :(
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 12:33 PM
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47. That may have been the first clue, yes. ;-)
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Strong Atheist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 12:34 PM
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48. Lol! nt.
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 12:36 PM
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50. Ha ha ha ha ha!
:)
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Nikia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 11:29 AM
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36. It turns out I am
I had no idea because I thought that obsessive compulsive meant that I would be washing my hands every five minutes or couldn't get to sleep because I'd have to keep checking doors. For the same reason, I didn't know that I was anorexic because I still ate something on most days and wasn't down to 80 pounds yet.
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Strong Atheist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 11:41 AM
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38. That's ok.; most people are to one extent or another ... nt.
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 12:14 PM
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41. From the results of our poll, most of us are!
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 12:12 PM
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40. It is sometimes difficult to see in ourselves...
(((((Nikia))))) I hope you're well now. :)
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Strong Atheist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 12:00 PM
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39. Just got it (slow today)! You have to know
NOW!

Yuk Yuk!

Funny man!

:toast:
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 12:17 PM
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42. Hee hee hee! I get flashes of wit now and then, thank you.
:)
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Strong Atheist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 12:21 PM
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44. "Now and then." Yeah, right, more like all the time!
I am smart, but not quick. I have to work at wit... I love the editing feature here, it allows me to go back and correct things/get wittier as I think of better things to say... wish real life had an editing feature...
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 12:32 PM
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46. Ahh, don't we all, my Friend? A most profound thought.
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Strong Atheist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 12:36 PM
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49. Hardly profound. Just a fervent wish... I am the one who thinks of
a searing comeback .... a day or two later...
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 12:40 PM
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51. If you can limit your regrets to that you're most fortunate...
For many of us regrets evolve into guilt.
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Strong Atheist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 12:43 PM
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52. I have very little GUILT (not into that whole thang; luckily was not
raised that way), but I do have other regrets, and yes, regret is one of the worst emotions... best to work (if you can, I have trouble here) to make sure there ARE no regrets...
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 02:06 PM
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53. Unfortunately, after sixty years of living, one war...
and three marriages, I have more than my share of both regrets and guilt. It's too bad they can't be easily discarded.
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Strong Atheist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 02:38 PM
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54. Agreed. Sorry about that...
:hug:
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-12-06 09:30 PM
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56. Thanks for the hug, Pard.
:hug:
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Liberalynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-11-06 04:03 PM
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55. Yes
Edited on Sat Mar-11-06 04:04 PM by Liberalynn
I actually am. It is part of the anxiety disorder I am on disability for. I check the doors about 3 or 4 times before I go to bed, and the stove. When I worked I'd keep checking to see if I had the alarm on, I'd rewrite messages until I thought they were perfect.

I also tend not to be able to walk away from Video or Computer Games if I am loosing. Luckily I am not a gambler or that could be a problem.

I also tend to worry obsessively.

It gets worse as I get more anxious but at least it is livable for now.
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BikeWriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-12-06 09:33 PM
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57. I'm glad you can tolerate it for now...
It's the major reason I'm online most of my waking hours.
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