Monday, February 28, 2005

Compulsive counting disorder

It all started years ago. I had this friend who believed that 17 was his lucky number, something to do with the seat number assigned to him when he was writing his school leaving exams. Presumably the exams went really well. He had this habit of adding any string of numbers together. Car number plates provided the raw material for his counting frenzies. When he found a string that added to17 this would be a SIGN. What exactly it was a sign of, as far as I remember, was never defined. This form of mental arithmetic must have been contagious because I caught it as well. When walking along the street together we would each vie to be the first to spot a car number plate with a string of numbers adding up to the magic 17.

Years later, I’ve still got the disease. It won’t go away. I can’t stop myself summing up the numbers on car number plates. And it’s getting worse. Now, one hit is not enough! I need to find three number plates with numbers that add to 17 for it to be really and truly a sign. Car parks almost drive me mad. So many plates out there! Anyone know of a cure?

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Anonymous Someone said...

You have Obsessive Compulsive Counting Disorder. You need to go to your doctor and talk about it with them. They'll be the ones who can actually help you.

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Blogger crygrrpfoot said...

You have a form of OCD, yours is focused on compulsive counting, the onset of yours is not how it typically happens but your need to fill it and inadequacy if you don't is a key give away. I'm not sayin if you don't fill it you go insane but it bothers you and you really strive for that number. I have the same thing, I count in increments of 5 I count words and word spacing though. When I was younger I used to count clocks and colors on my cartoons. It's manageable through therapy or anxiety meds, personally mine is tolerable so I simply live with it. My boyfriend is very comforting about it and understands, I used to roll my fingers all the time while counting but that's subsided alot. Elevating my heart rate such as stressful and anxiety situations increase it, as well as when I run. Alcohol seems to help make it go away but by no means should you become alcoholic. Hope my personal story helps. See professional help if you feel it is disrupting your life.

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Blogger counting fool said...

I too have a counting problem. I count in sets of five and in sets of twelve. I am also a clock watcher and have noticed that alcohol helps greatly. Just 1-2 drinks is all it takes. Weird.

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