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I Clean Compulsively When I Am Upset

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    Shooing The Bunnies Out The Door

    I love it, hate kinda thing goes on here, when I get  upset! I suffered from somewhat stronger OCD as a form of therapy post accident, back when, that was taught me by my personal care giver. She'd come in the house and get me to thing , list and plan, I guess...
    Randysdot Randysdot 51-55, M 4 Responses Nov 18, 2009

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    Good Idea! A Good Use For Pent Up Frustration

    The busier my hands can be; the better I can thoughtfully focus on what is happening that is causing me to feel upset.I used to go "out for a drive" in my car when I "needed to get away" for a while. Now, I love my home and want to stay there BUT I realize that my hands LOVE to...
    Missalaineyeus Missalaineyeus 46-50, F Feb 26, 2012

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    My Friend Is Dating The Guy I Like And I Don't Know What To Do

    I've been told that I don't really seem like the type to fall in love. For the most part, it is kind of true. I ignore the celebrities that my friends fawn over, I don't pay much attention to the "popular guys" at school, and I've never actually been in a relationship. But that...
    sugarrcrystals sugarrcrystals 13-15, F 1 Response May 27, 2012

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    Actually I Clean Any Time, But...

    I love to clean, so for me, it's a stress-relief, an energy outlet, and sometimes a boredom fix. But when I'm really shaken up or nervous, cleaning affords me a safe thing to focus on to distract myself from the issue that is upsetting me. It works great, usually- my house gets...
    SpiritOfTheRabbit SpiritOfTheRabbit 31-35, F 2 Responses Dec 2, 2009

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    I Do..

    It's honestly odd that my house is never spotless.. I'm upset quite often... *sigh*
    Beautifulimperfections Beautifulimperfections 26-30, F Feb 26, 2012

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    I Did It Today

    i cleanred my whole room today, it helped a bit, i like cleaning when um upset because it just helps me focus on something other than what is upsetting me. i find it to be very theraputic.
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Nov 18, 2009

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    This Morning...i Cleaned My Bedroom And Bathroom After A Roller Coaster Ride Of Emotions

    It was my boyfriend's birthday yesterday. We had plans to go to have a nice dinner and chill time. I have been suffering from bad cough, sore throat and chest congestion. Lack of sleep and been tired of it emotionally. Last night, it started getting upset about it (I haven;t been...
    arlenea2z arlenea2z 36-40 Sep 1, 2010

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    Oh Yes.

    This is so true. I actually don't mind cleaning but my toilets and windows are never cleaner than when I have a fight with my sisters or with the SGT. I scrub the hell out of everything in the house when I am angry. 
    fungirlmmm fungirlmmm 41-45, F 3 Responses Feb 1, 2012

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    The Whole House!

    A couple of years back my son ran outside while I was in the bathroom and I couldn't find him for 45 minuets. He made his way back home after walking all over the street looking for me. Once I got home, I cried and cuddled him for an hour. After that I put him down for...
    Spedunk Spedunk 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 18, 2009

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    Mr. Clean Is A Metaphor

    I generally don't bust out the cleaning solutions when I'm upset, but I definitely cleanse myself of useless ****. Recently, I went through a pretty tough break up and I threw out seven or eight bags of garbage that had been kept (as mementos?) for years. I went through my...
    mjb716 mjb716 22-25, M Jan 11, 2012

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    I'm Not Sure Why

    But when i'm upset, i put that aggression into work, such as cleaning the counters and fridge. It almost feels constructive by not focusing on what the problem is. It feels like a quick relief, i tend to do this a lot.
    peachfuzz68 peachfuzz68 41-45, F Feb 26, 2012

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    Disinfecting Machine!

    Ok, so I didn't realize that other people cleaned compulsively like I do when I'm upset...  And I kinda feel better that other people do.  lol  Lemme give you some background on me quick, I work at a hospital in the Sterile Processing Department here cleaning...
    Miluna Miluna 36-40, F 4 Responses Nov 17, 2009

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    Related Experiences

    It really makes me feel better to have a clean house. Too often, when I'm really upset, I just start picking things up. This leads to cleaning things up, organizing, dusting, etc...
    ijustneed2talk ijustneed2talk 41-45, F 2 days ago

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    Hello. I am Guinefurrie, but you may call me G. I have a boyfriend, named S, and he can be sweet sometimes but also very cold and harsh at other times. One of the things we...
    Guinefurrie Guinefurrie 22-25, F Apr 3

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    i'm a hypocrite. people, friends..come to me when they are upset..they want my advice..i cheer them up and say endless things about what they should do to make themselves feel...
    Namkeen Namkeen 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 27

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    Yep!! I don't feel at ease till I completely clean everything even if it's not dirty. Or even look dirty. I feel the need to clean it. Maybe I'm just obsessed with the smell of me...
    punkrokpixie punkrokpixie 31-35, F Apr 1

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    It's therapy for me :) I wake up and clean on the weekends, I clean when I get home from work. I can never run out if things to clean.
    Ilovemykids77 Ilovemykids77 36-40, F Mar 20

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    Couldn't be more true. I miss my ex a lot somedays. Like when I just went on vacation with my family and knowing he was suppose to go with us and meet the rest of the family sucks...
    93rp 93rp 18-21, F Mar 22

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    Are you very upset on your back pain? As more and more body problems,such as back pain,joint pain and so on I think everyone always wants to have a healthy body. So we should do to...
    mbtshoes2011 mbtshoes2011 22-25, F Apr 9

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    Get a dictionary, look up "Anal Retentive" and you'll find my smiling picture there! Even as a kid, I was never a slob. In fact on my first day of school I was complimented by my...
    Beaver318 Beaver318 36-40, M 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I really do!. I get upset when something I've ordered online doesn't come especially if I've been looking forward to receiving it.
    TheresNoRealLoveInYou TheresNoRealLoveInYou 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    It makes me upset and frustrated when you really like someone but they either don't know it or don't feel the same back.
    DeAundreVP DeAundreVP 16-17, M Mar 24

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    It's been a problem of mine my whole life. When I was younger and lived at home with my parents I would clean my bedroom top to bottom every single day. It was never messy but to...
    shill92 shill92 22-25, F Apr 3

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    When I feel bad or upset I listen to music hoping it will turn my day around. Music is like my life .
    lorrta4 lorrta4 13-15, F Apr 5

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    Hello. Right now I'm listening to my music sitting alone in my room. I was feeling great today, but for some reason, right now I'm feeling upset. I'm thinking about a certain...
    GettingOverShit GettingOverShit 18-21, F Apr 7

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    I know this seems odd but I've done this all my life... When I'm tired or upset and need to escape reality ... I like to just lay on my side or sit curled up and zone out to my...
    AngelinaRosa AngelinaRosa 36-40, F 4 days ago

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    Yes I Do Yes, I listen to music when I`m upset. It helps calm me down. I`d rather listen to music, then do something stupid that I would regret for the rest of my life.
    Belieber4Life Belieber4Life 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    Best response to a bad day at work is ways running. No need to be upset or get angry just run run run.
    Ropes4u Ropes4u 46-50, M 18 hrs ago

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    Bathrooms :(( nothing worse than cleaning up pee and I totally dislike scrubbing showers. I would hire a maid just to clean my bathrooms
    kittyluv78 kittyluv78 31-35, F 4 Responses Mar 20

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    I tried and it tells me wrong password yet I can sign out and in no problem. I have only been here a day and got messages that were un called for just what I was trying to get away...
    ynotsimple ynotsimple 51-55, F Mar 21

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    My brother was in a car wreck but he is fine. I found out my cousin is a complete *******. I am such a ***** for what I did. My Grandma is ill. WONDERFUL!!! My friend was hit by an...
    hunbunluvsyou hunbunluvsyou 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 9

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    I think I have slight OCD because of things such as HAVING to sort out things in shops if they are in the wrong isle and so on... but that makes my life very organised which is the...
    LizzPixie LizzPixie 16-17, F Apr 10

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    I feel upset and angry right now... Hope i feel better by the end of the day
    eflor1436 eflor1436 16-17, F 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    When you can't go anywhere unless you clean your room 😄🔫
    lilay98 lilay98 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 23

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    We had an amazing time together that whole day. We went out to eat, played games together, watched a show he hated (and ended up making fun of the whole thing) and laughing! It was...
    HurtingLover HurtingLover 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 3

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    This has been going on for way too long that I don't even remember when it began anymore. It just seems that no matter who I'm speaking to, they all have one thing in common...
    deadmoon deadmoon 18-21, F Apr 6

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    my love of my life just left me 3 years for nothing it all started when one of my friends well i thought she was one and i let her meet him then they talk and talked and i just...
    treiceleigh treiceleigh 70+, F Mar 20

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    I have been eating a lot more than usual, i guess to mend my broken heart. At least am not one of those people who gets fat easily. I eat sweets, toast with cheese and mayonnaise...
    queen900 queen900 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 22

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    i like it when i find a new song that i like specially in the radio
    AlbertOlami AlbertOlami 22-25, M Mar 24

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    No easier way to past the time cleaning the jamming out while vacuuming or rocking out an imaginary arena while doing the dishes! Spoons make great microphones!
    Interstellartraveler Interstellartraveler 36-40, M 2 Responses Mar 25

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    Whenever I get mad or sad I put head phones in and it helps me calm down
    ILoveBaxter ILoveBaxter 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 25

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    I HATE IT. its the worst feeling , especially when it comes from someone you love or care about. I hate that guilty feeling you have when you stand up for your self and say no. I...
    IllecebrousIvy IllecebrousIvy 16-17, F 1 Response Mar 25

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    I salute those who can. I don't know how the **** you guys do it. I try to. I tell myself, 'I better not eat carbs today'. Then I feed my kids. They don't finish their food. I hate...
    Jeggo Jeggo 31-35, F Mar 29

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    I'm forced against my own will to clean my room. Ugh can someone else do it for me. I get to distracted.
    broadwaybabe99 broadwaybabe99 13-15, F Mar 29

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    My friend bought a cleaning robot. She turned it on to use it for the first time. After an hour she called her husband crying and complained that the dog had **** on the floor and...
    Elisa111 Elisa111 36-40, F Apr 1

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    DHT-Listen to your heart. It's one of the very few songs I'll listen to when I am not in my best mood.
    BeatTheBest BeatTheBest 16-17, M 1 Response Apr 2

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    I'm in my room right now pretending to be asleep so I can put off cleaning this room. I mean she just barged Into the room at like 8 in the morning just moving my stuff around and...
    JaimeJackson JaimeJackson 18-21 Apr 6

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    Children of God; It upsets me when you blame God for the misfortunes in your lives (you know who you are). I hear it all the time "well, if there is a God then why does he let all...
    gardengirl17 gardengirl17 18-21, F 2 Responses Apr 7

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    People who talk to me only when they need to talk to someone. I'm all for listening to my friends vent but not ONLY for that. I'm not a therapist, nor do I plan on being a...
    PitchDaffy PitchDaffy 22-25, F 1 Response Apr 10

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    Clean Crisp Sheets Bubble bath. Air dry my body. Moisturizer Str8 into the sheets with fluffy pillows surround me.
    Adara999 Adara999 26-30, F a week ago

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