These are not all of the symptoms, just some of them, but enough to be going on with. And I am not making any of this up.
1) Stopping frequently in her tracks when walking along
2) Refusing to wear her glasses with the stated aim of reducing ‘sensory overload’
3) Frequently relieving herself in anything to hand despite having a toilet on the same floor (anything to hand including what you might be drinking from next)
4) Frequently thinking of suicide over a twenty year period
5) Mild self-harm
6) Often stated fear of not being able to communicate, so often with a pen and paper at the ready
7) Difficulty breathing which she attributes to panic attacks
I am asking in the hope of enlightenment, since an assessment is coming up which may result in compulsory treatment.
Right, but treatment for what?
I see them both regularly, one of them almost every day.
The first is oriental and always heavily made up with blue around the eyes. I usually see her when shopping. She will stop every now and again and rotate. Since she always has a trolley with her, she rotates that too. She will stop and try to continue with what she was doing, but the urge to rotate comes over her so often her progress is slow. Children sometimes laugh at her. Her friend is always with her. They are deaf and communicate using sign language.
The other woman walks every day. She always wears sheepskin boots.
Her hair is not naturally blond, as is obvious from the roots. Every few yards she feels impelled to stop and look upwards, throwing her head right back. She covers many miles, but slowly, since she keeps stopping to look up. Part of her route takes her up a steep hill. I see her at many points on this route, but most often from the kitchen window while washing dishes.
Could it be that both have OCD?