“Just Right” OCD is a form of OCD that involves a mental struggle against a feeling of incompleteness until a specific action or set of actions are performed. Some examples of the compulsions and behaviors related to this type of OCD are as follows:
- Putting an object in a specific place in a specific way (e.g. putting a square object on a square table and trying to perfectly match the corners of the table with the corners of the object)
- Folding a towel until it feels “perfectly folded”
- Wanting to touch an object a certain amount of times until the feeling of incompleteness subsides (e.g. “I have to touch this doorknob 10 times before I can enter the room”)
- Picking up an object and attempting to put it back “just right”
- Washing one’s hands until one feels their hands are “perfectly” clean
- Repeatedly opening and closing a door or drawer until it closes “just right”
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