Anxiety and clothing

Posted by kennypowers69 @kennypowers69, Aug 28 5:22pm

I’ve been suffering from severe anxiety and a mild case of ocd for the better part of my life. I have this one specific issue where all types of clothing bug me, whether it’s the texture of the material or the tightness of it. I’m not sure what to do about it anymore because I can’t find a doctor that can tell me why I have these issues with clothes. If anyone has some ideas out there on how to control/fix the issue I would love to hear them, thank you.

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What does your current doctor say about this?

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@mattie

I will bet it is your nerves. I cannot stand wool or anything rough or scratchy. I lik soft cotton like sweats, hoiwever. Nothing heavy.Guess I have sp,e claustrpphobia also. I went through about5 or 6 psy. no good no help. One did tell me to work, and it helped. Sometimes a regular DO can help you better withoug\t heavy drugs. I believe you need to learn to relax and get calmer for a bit and slowly talk yourseld into the idea that whatever clothing you like will feel good on your skin. Touch it,talk to yourself positively, and again and again . It is amazing what the brain can do and you can teach your brain. Dont be in a rush.

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As a retired Massage Therapist, I can say this; wherever your brain goes, your body follows. I like the above response because it offers you a new window of thought that may be more helpful than anything else. For me, Yoga…gentle Yoga has helped me get a better mind body connection. It has made a huge difference in my life! I wish you every happiness and gentle ease in your life.

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Kenny, why did you really return the clothes? You cpuld have kept them and tried to "befriend" them. Try not to give in to those thoughts and feelings. It is your thoughts and you control your thinking…you can, you know. Tell those feelings to go to uknow and be strong.Talk yourself up to YOU.

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@sears

What does your current doctor say about this?

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I don’t really know how to answer this question because I’ve had a couple doctors who just didn’t seem to care and had very bad bed side manners. At times saying some inappropriate things. So not really sure I guess I don’t have doctor and it’s very difficult in the area I live in to get one.

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@mattie

Kenny, why did you really return the clothes? You cpuld have kept them and tried to "befriend" them. Try not to give in to those thoughts and feelings. It is your thoughts and you control your thinking…you can, you know. Tell those feelings to go to uknow and be strong.Talk yourself up to YOU.

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I guess I give into the feelingS because I feel better after I return them. I feel great going out and getting things because it makes me feel like I accomplished something big but than when I get home i usually just get rid of them because it starts to eat at me the feeling of having them. This happens every time I try to venture out and accomplish this big task. I Wish I could find a way to calm myself and not give in so easily. But I’m a very impatient person so it’s a very hard thing to do.

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@kennypowers69

I guess I give into the feelingS because I feel better after I return them. I feel great going out and getting things because it makes me feel like I accomplished something big but than when I get home i usually just get rid of them because it starts to eat at me the feeling of having them. This happens every time I try to venture out and accomplish this big task. I Wish I could find a way to calm myself and not give in so easily. But I’m a very impatient person so it’s a very hard thing to do.

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You will need to learn some patience. I know it is hard to find a dr but maybe Mayo can recommend one dealing with your disorder. You cannot do it by yourself. You can't give in to some of these feelings.

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Hi @kennypowers69, I wanted to share this article with you about sensory processing disorder (SPD). It has a lot of information about what you are describing.
https://www.webmd.com/children/sensory-processing-disorder#1
I also wanted to share a conversation in the Brain and Nervous System group around the same subject.
https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/sensory-processing-disorder/

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