That sounds like GAD
My CBT therapist doesn't think I've GAD
Thanks for your reply though, appreciate it👍
Also: it feels like a determination to find the perfect intersection of career prospects, financial stability, interests, purpose and skills. Is that normal or is it a trait of OCD like perfectionism? I've committed an alarming amount of time looking for the answer online, a career that I identify perfectly with. Regardless of how satisfied I am initially it never lasts and the cycle repeats again. Nothing ever seems perfect and it's making me feel hopeless.
I think it is part of OCD. Then it causes depression. I have struggled with careers for years. Always in the same direction but constantly looking for more. Work on the OCD recovery and then revisit the situation.
I suffer with this. I’ll tell you this: it’s an actual problem for a lot of people. What differentiates most people vs someone with OCD, is how much it consumes you. It obviously consumes you and you feel uncomfortable with the uncertainty of your career decision. It’s very similar to ROCD, where you have an amazing partner but there could be something better and it freaks you out that you can’t figure out whether to stay or leave. The work has to be this- you have to learn to accept the uncertainty that this isn’t the right career path, and keep going along with your day. Once this rumination starts to quiet down, there will be a stronger clarity because you won’t be making choices based on ocd. You will stay or you will leave, but it won’t effect you that intensely. Just like a partner who you don’t know if you should be with, you will eventually make your decision but ocd doesn’t need to be part of the equation. I hope that helps
This deffinitely sounds like OCD
I experienced something like this going into college. Mainly because i felt so much pressure to do everything right and had massive doubts about myself. I could NOT settle on anything, because I'd think about every angle and how my future would look. Eventually I settled on something I knew I didn't like, I felt forced, but I picked it because I got reassurance from my family who told me it was such a great major. I'm on a different path now :)
Thanks for your feedback everyone!