I'm not sure where to ask this and maybe it's been discussed endlessly already but....how do you know or how can you tell if you have OCD (if it's not so obvious). When I went to the doctor a couple of weeks ago and she asked some questions before prescribing anti depressants one of the things she asked was whether I had OCD or obsessive thoughts. I said no straight away because I was thinking of things like maybe self harm or hand washing. But I've been thinking about it since she asked because it kind of hit something in my brain and honestly, I can't really talk about it but I really think I have it. It's something I want so much to ask here but it's public (and too revealing) and I really want it to stop. It's a constant chain of thoughts and actions I have to do once twice three times a day. Sometimes I can go for a few days without thinking about it and I feel so good, other days it's consuming and I'm in circles talking myself out of the need to act on it. In itself it actually sounds harmless maybe even silly but the fact I can't stop myself and if it wasn't this thing it might be something else. In fact I recognise the obsessive behaviors I used to do, now that I'm aware of it. Is that OCD?? I channel it into my art, I paint every day but I'll be honest, I'm so afraid if I get dementia or something like that and my thoughts suddenly come out of my mouth - maybe my brain has been thinking these things for so long they are now set in there if that makes sense?! Does anyone recognise any of this??