Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

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Since my childhood, I was dealing with one of my habits of counting things around me. As far as I remember, it started from counting fruits on a tree. Then I started counting stars on the sky and then it never stopped, counting floor tiles, nails in windows/doors/cabinets, colors in any logo, alphabets in any word, steps while walking, cars driving past, means I started counting everything possible and impossible.

This habit stayed with me from school to university. While counting I often stopped myself to not do the counting. I often thought that why I am doing this, how I can get rid of that habit. It was useless and I started feeling that I might have some issue because it’s not a normal habit and counting was mostly without reason.

I didn’t want to share this with anyone because it was difficult to explain (about) this habit but I decided to sort it out somehow. I searched it on Internet and Google helped me instantly by explaining (it) to me that I was not dealing with any habit, actually it was Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and compulsive counting is a common symptom of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

Typical Types of Counting:

Counting Steps, Items, Numbers on devices (i.e. on a digital clock, run time on the DVD player), Counting aloud and Metal Counting.


Treatment of OCD is therapy that requires a specialized protocol called Exposure and Ritual Prevention (ERP or EX/RP). I am one of those people now who realizes and take it as just the OCD. I still count without reasons but I always try to not do the counting. I am quite successful in that since I know it’s not a habit, it’s actually a disorder.


There are many people in the world suffering from this disorder and I am one of them. This disorder never impacted on my studies, job, marital life, that’s what I think. I am healthy and happy by the grace of God. I am thankful too for all the blessings I have in this world.

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Born: January 1982, Pakistan Currently living in Pakistan. In my articles I want to share personal experiences about difficulties in routine life and then moving on in search of peace and success.

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What a great read! I will definitely be sharing this information with my parents!


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