We all have a funny little habit that we have, a quirk if you will. What are yours?
I have to get ready to go in the same order every morning. If I miss one little step I'll be all weird...
I also have to face the same direction in the shower...sideways until it's time to wash my hair.
Well, having too many rituals like that is one of the signs of OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder). I have OCD and it's not fun. There are three main types:
I have all three in various degress, with germ phobia being the worst. Anytime I touch anything I deem "unclean" I have to wash my hands. Colddrinks I bought at the shop that I haven't yet rinsed off. The backpack I take to school (school is UNCLEAN; anything that touches it MUST be washed - I take a bath every day as soon as I get home). Books I've bought and haven't wiped off. You get the idea. If a relative kisses me I will make an excuse ASAP and rush to the bathroom to wash my mouth/face. If they hug me I have to take a bath and put on clean clothes. I wash my classroom and blackboards with Domestos (bleach/disinfenctant) regularly.
As far as rituals go, I have to do all my morning preparations in the same order or I have to start over. Same with turning lights and switches on and off. If I don't turn off the outside light, then the lounge light, then the stair light, then the bathroom light, then my own lounge light WHILE TURNING ON THE BEDROOM LIGHT, then the main bedroom light, then my bedside lamp... have to turn them all back on until I get to the part where I got out of order, and start over.
Checking... oh yeah. Plugs, windows, doors, the gates, you name it. I have to THINK about stuff while I'm checking; if I do it unconsciously and don't remember, I have to double-check again. Once I left my hotbrush on and was halfway down the street before I realised; my mother tried to convince me that I was just being OC as usual, but I made her go back and it was still on! So that just made that aspect of my OCD worse.
Despite this I'm pretty okay and most people who meet me would never realise there's anything OCD about me because I manage it well. But those who do know are pretty tolerant and accepting, I have to say. It's like, "Oh, Marina has OCD, just let her wash her hands or she'll be miserable." Or, "Don't put Marina's bag on the floor! Do you WANT her to get upset? The floor has GERMS!" Which is nice of them.
Neither the psychologist or my own doctor recommend that I go onto any kind of medication for this, since I can usually manage without the checking/rituals/germ phobia making my life too different.