Counting OCD (sometimes also referred to as arithmomania) is a form of OCD that involves intrusive thoughts of wanting to count various actions or objects. Some examples of the compulsions and behaviors related to this type of OCD are as follows:
- Counting steps as one walks up or down the stairs
- Counting objects (e.g. floor tiles)
- Counting words or syllables when speaking (or when reading something)
- Counting up to (or down from) a particular number
- Doing specific actions in a certain numbered order
- Touching things a specific amount of times (e.g. light switches)
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