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New town, new LBS, wife says I have an OCD!!(15 posts)

New town, new LBS, wife says I have an OCD!!Steeeve
Aug 6, 2001 11:58 AM
Is it true, do I have an Obsessvive-Compulsive-Disorder?!?

I don't know about you folks, but anytime I'm travelling to new towns or cities I always try to check out the local bike shops. It drives my wife crazy! I try to explain but I fail: She can't and never will understand it.

Do any others suffer from this psychiatric ailment? Is it classified in the DSM-III-R? Is there any cure?

(I found the coolest Campy seatpost at Branford Bike when it still was a walk-in shop a few years ago).

To be honest, I'm not sure if I want to be cured. How about you?
had a similar
Aug 6, 2001 12:12 PM
I move around a lot, in search of jobs and furthering my education and stuff, so I know how you feel. You get to a new state and start looking for a new shop before you even move into the new home. Really, I had a few hours to blow before they had my appartment cleaned out so I grabbed some lunch a went to the nearest LBS. They offered me a job on the spot (Thank you Chainwheel of Little Rock). When I started working there on the weekends for low pay and all the parts I could buy at cost. WHOOPIE!!!!! all the sudden the old lady doesn't mind because my addiction costs half as much as it used to (it took a new gary fisher in her size, but it was worth it)
re: New town, new LBS, wife says I have an OCD!!Skip
Aug 6, 2001 12:18 PM
It affects both sexes. In males it is expressed: hardware stores, home improvement stores, tool vendors, bike shops, etc.; whereas in females: malls, clothing shops, shoe stores, etc. And of course there are exceptions to the rule. (TIC - Ha!)
You sound perfectly normal to me...BrianU
Aug 6, 2001 2:46 PM
My current job has me traveling alot. Whenever I go someplace new, I always like to hit the LBS's. I have found most of the time that as long as the shop isn't real busy, people in LBS's are all about telling me about the local riding and just shooting the bull. It gives me a chance to meet some great people and get first-hand knowledge about local riding. And who knows when you just might find a good deal on something that you just gotta have and besides, it always cool to get to check out all the different kinds of bikes that different shops carry.
Now, if I could just hit that LBS on the far side of Lake Tahoe when they are open....
Somewhere, in some little town ...cory
Aug 6, 2001 3:08 PM
...There's a 64cm Masi 3V leaning against the wall with a sign that says, "I want this bike out of the shop. First $10 takes." And I'm going to find it if I have to check every bike shop in America.
Amen brother. (nm)BrianU
Aug 6, 2001 3:41 PM
DSM IV criteria:Dog
Aug 6, 2001 3:39 PM
Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

Diagnostic Criteria

A pervasive pattern of preoccupation with orderliness, perfectionism, and mental and interpersonal control, at the expense of flexibility, openness, and efficiency, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by four (or more) of the following:

1. is preoccupied with details, rules, lists, order, organization, or schedules to the extent that the major point of the activity is lost

2. shows perfectionism that interferes with task completion (e.g., is unable to complete a project because his or her own overly strict standards are not met)

3. is excessively devoted to work and productivity to the exclusion of leisure activities and friendships (not accounted for by obvious economic necessity)

4. is overconscientious, scrupulous, and inflexible about matters of morality, ethics, or values (not accounted for by cultural or religious identification)

5. is unable to discard worn-out or worthless objects even when they have no sentimental value

6. is reluctant to delegate tasks or to work with others unless they submit to exactly his or her way of doing things

7. adopts a miserly spending style toward both self and others; money is viewed as something to be hoarded for future catastrophes

8. shows rigidity and stubbornness

Associated Features

Depressed Mood
Somatic or Sexual Dysfunction
Guilt or Obsession
Anxious or Fearful or Dependent Personality

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:

Diagnostic Criteria
Either obsessions or compulsions:
A. Obsessions as defined by (1), (2), (3), and (4):

1. recurrent and persistent thoughts, impulses, or images that are experienced, at some time during the disturbance, as intrusive and inappropriate and that cause marked anxiety or distress

2. the thoughts, impulses, or images are not simply excessive worries about real-life problems

3. the person attempts to ignore or suppress such thoughts, impulses, or images, or to neutralize them with some other thought or action

4. the person recognizes that the obsessional thoughts, impulses, or images are a product of his or her own mind (not imposed from without as in thought insertion)

Compulsions as defined by (1) and (2):

1. repetitive behaviors (e.g., hand washing, ordering, checking) or mental acts (e.g., praying, counting, repeating words silently) that the person feels driven to perform in response to an obsession, or according to rules that must be applied rigidly

2. the behaviors or mental acts are aimed at preventing or reducing distress or preventing some dreaded event or situation; however, these behaviors or mental acts either are not connected in a realistic way with what they are designed to neutralize or prevent or are clearly excessive

B. At some point during the course of the disorder, the person has recognized that the obsessions or compulsions are excessive or unreasonable.

Note: This does not apply to children.

C. The obsessions or compulsions cause marked distress, are time consuming (take more than 1 hour a day), or significantly interfere with the person's normal routine, occupational (or academic) functioning, or usual social activities or relationships.

D. If another Axis I disorder is present, the content of the obsessions or compulsions is not restricted to it (e.g., preoccupation with food in the presence of an Eating Disorder; hair pulling in the presence of Trichotillomania; concern with appearance in the presence of Body Dysmorphic Disorder; preoccupation with drugs in the presence of a Substance Use Disorder; preoccupation with having a serious illness in the presence of Hypochondriasis; preoccupation with sexual urges or fantasies in the presence of a Paraphilia; or guilty ruminations in the presence of Major Depressive Disorder).

E. The disturbance is not due to the direct ph
cut offDog
Aug 6, 2001 3:40 PM
E. The disturbance is not due to the direct physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or a general medical condition.

I don't think we are suffering from the disorders. I think we a just obsessed - period. Is that a bad thing?

cut offMVN
Aug 6, 2001 3:59 PM
A little obsession never hurt anybody. I'm a psychologist (Counselor-in-Training) and I suffer (enjoy?) the same obsession, lol. Don't think twice about it.
don't think twice?Dog
Aug 6, 2001 4:03 PM
Heck, I think constantly about it. :-)

One man's obsession is another's comittment. That's what I'd like to think.

"If it's worth doing, it's work over-doing." My philosophy.

your philosophynutmegger
Aug 6, 2001 7:12 PM
was readily apparent in your reply to the original post :)
doug must work for the government too (nm)ak
Aug 7, 2001 8:49 AM
And you have the DSM handy because...? ;-) (nm)nova
Aug 7, 2001 8:31 AM
it's on the internet...Dog
Aug 7, 2001 9:27 AM
and, I've used it in a number of cases involving psychological injuries. Read it too much and you'll think you're crazy.

re: New town, new LBS, wife says I have an OCD!!jaybird
Aug 7, 2001 7:53 AM
I suffer as well but I find that denial is the the best way to deal with it... I travel a lot for work and it is not uncommon for me to hit as many if not more bike shops than accounts... Oops...

My fiance was starting to think I was strange but then I brought her along and we have started shopping for a new bike (first non huffy) for her and she is hooked... Of course she is still driven mostly by color and looks. She likes a $1200 Bianchi (Celeste) w/105 better than a $4000 brushed ti bike w/Chorus...