I have had OCD for as long as I can remember - I just did not know what it was until I was in my 20's. Anyway, throughout the years, I have had to come up with many techniques to mask my OCD behaviors in public for fear of humiliation. I have done fairly well in this area with a few major exceptions, most notably stores and ... The Supermarket. It is here that I have an extremely difficult time selecting items. For example, I can not seem to select fruit that is not absolutely perfect. I'm not sure why this is - its not that I require perfection, it's that any little bruise or blemish seems to elicit severe negative thoughts. I can only imagine how this looks to other shoppers or employees. I pick up and check dozens of pears or apples before I can manage to place even one or two in my cart. Sometimes I even have to put them back after I have selected them and start over. Often, I just give up, concious of potential stares and running out of time and thus move on without my fruit. This pattern occurs with many different items and is driving me crazy! Anyone have similar difficulties, and or coping mechanisms?
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