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Obsessive Research Assistant

Tue, Jul 5th 2005

I am a research assistant working in a laboratory. It seems to me that the recent few months i have been obsessed with a specific project at work (which is occupied by other member of the lab, therefore it is non-sense for me to ask to work on this project). The ideas of involving into this project come up to my mind often. I talked with my boss many times concerning working on that project but get rejected every time. Our talks always end up with little verbal fights. During this fights, i had experienced a lot of frustration and humiliation. Then I started also to sabotage other peoples' experiments at night (regularly), and i just could not control myself from the sabotage. The situation gets worse when there is a trigger specifically related to the project e.g., if i hear/see someone is doing an experiment on this project. Can this be an obsession/compulsion disorder? I felt guilty of committing the act and wanted to stop, but just could not control. Since the situation gets more and more serious, i quit my job. I am afraid to do the same in my next job, so i did not try to find one yet. In case, this situation brings me to criminal justice, will I need to take the criminal responsibility according to European law? Additional information, I somehow feel that i have the tendency of ocd because there were times in my life i needed to check whether my door was locked several times before leaving my house. But i never seen a psychologist regarding this situation because I overcome it by consciously telling myself that i had the key and locked the door when i left my house. It was never serious. The sense of feeling perfection is also important for me. The other thing is I am also a typical workaholic. Can ocd be triggered by stress/anger/or other specific situations? Do I suffer from ocd or impulse control disorder? can it be both or any other mental disorder? thank you very much in advance for your answer.

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