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I have been diagnosed as having bipolar disorder, yet I have symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder. I was wondering if I have OCD since I have obsessive thoughts, avoid situations which would produce triggers, perform compulsions, and be anxious. It is hard to deal with the anxiety at times but it is even harder to deal with avoidance. I cannot watch a movie or tv show, read a book, or listen to the radio without wondering if some content will trigger a thought. It is frustrating and it has been ongoing for years now. I am seeing a therapist for this and I am taking medication. How do I deal with and overcome avoidance? Do I have the symptoms of OCD despite the fact that I have been diagnosed as bipolar with schizoid personality disorder.

Bipolar Dealing with OCD Issues

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Your therapist is the one who can help identify the symptoms with regard to diagnosis. If you are concerned about the accuracy you could always get a battery of psychological tests done by a qualified psychologist. But more importantly it may be good to find some healthy outlets for some of the behaviors. In other words, ‘obsessive’ traits are not always a bad thing. Surgeons, airline pilots, artists, builders, writers, and others who are quite good at what they do may have traits deemed obsessive, but they are helpful characteristics, not harmful. It may be something you could explore with your therapist.

Why not take the signature strength survey for free and see what your top strengths are? Then put some of your energy toward using them more often. This may be helpful.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Bipolar Dealing with OCD Issues

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Bipolar Dealing with OCD Issues. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 23, 2019, from
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