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Hi,

My names Emily Leri, I'm 16 and live in Butler, PA. I have this problem that I've had all my life. My sisters and dad would just call it OCD to make fun of me (jokingly) but it's not OCD and I'd like to know what it is.

The problem (or rather disorder of some kind) is that I cannot hear certain noises or see certain gestures. If I do, I start obsessing with it and it drives me nuts. Several times this has happened and I didn't say anything to be polite and then after I'll start crying because I could not take it any longer.

The noises and gestures consist of: sniffing, the hick-ups, the faint noise of the radio or any music coming from another room, silverware hitting any type of dish, the gulping of when one drinks, the sound of someone wheezing when running, when someone eats with their mouth open, when one plays or tries to fix their finger nails, when one is jolting their legs because their bored or very hyper--just to name a few.

Sometimes I can calm myself down and let it go, actually I can do that a lot more now, but it's still bad and I'd like to know what this is and how to fix it.

My mother has pointed out that I get anxiety attacks a lot and I have problems not being stressed 24/7 and she thinks it's because of that. But even when I'm not stressed from work, sports, or school this problem is still there. It's just when school, sports, or work become hard I just get more anxiety attacks, that's all.

Anyways, thanks for helping



Hello, Emily--

This sounds a lot like obsessive-compulsive disorder to me. I recommend that you meet with a qualified psychologist for a diagnosis and possible treatment. Even if the diagnosis is not OCD, some therapy, and perhaps medication, might be worthwhile.

Be well.











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