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Any associates out there struggling with diagnosed OCD? How does it affect you and how do you deal with it?

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I definitely do. Formatting of documents, clean workspace, organizational tools/reminders, I’m hyper-specific on these things. At work I’ve had to try to let as much go as I can, and control what falls within my purview. I use the find and replace tool frequently in word (replacing double spaces with single, etc.) and I’ve learned more about deep formatting options so that when things float across my desk, I can fix them quickly - satisfying my OCD and not spending too much time doing work that seems “unnecessary”. I train for endurance sports in order to maintain sanity (and my other mental health issues) outside of work, and meditate as well. I used to take prescriptions, but no longer need to. Some people will need meds, nothing wrong with that. Biggest game changer was adopting a stoic philosophy - I am completely in control of my reactions and emotions, so control that. Everything else will find a place for itself.

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I suffer from OCD that’s focused on my work product itself rather than formatting. It feels like an unhealthy obsession with getting something correct but, at the same time, not trusting that I reviewed the work correctly or that I performed the research adequately. I often find my self retracing certain steps over and over. Therapy and meds are helping but it’s stressful and frustrating. On one hand, I get glowing feedback on my research, writing, analysis, etc. On the other hand, it feels (and I’m sure looks) like I’m slow or inefficient.

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