Kate. That is helpful thanks.
It's also worth mentioning that I constantly pick at myself (bite nails etc).
Also, if there's something needing done and I put it off I find it really hard to come back to it. I think I'm quite cool under pressure and not a worrier so I find it hard to get my head round the fact that I'm anxious. On the other hand, why do I put things off all the time!!! Confused!! Car making a funny noise, yet I keep putting it off because I don't which garage to put in into. New baby card & present not sent to cousin. Boiler has a fault, haven't done anything (and that's an easy one cause my friend will probably fix it for free!). Hospital costs of £1000 not claimed against travel insurance.
The thoughts can come so thick and fast its really difficult to focus on anything. Even writing down the thoughts is difficult as they just move from one thing to another as I try to pin them down. It can be a conversation, then a song or anything really. Music helps I think, I might also try meditation.
Is it possible the OCD type behaviour might be because of the racing thoughts? The thoughts are so random that maybe the counting, the picking etc might be to bring some order to chaos or help me focus?
Having anxiety does not mean you feel motivated. Actually, it can be quite the opposite because anxiety makes you feel tired. It takes a lot out of your body when you feel anxious (adrenaline) so you end up feeling more tired than you would without anxiety.
Also, putting things off may be a way to avoid feeling like a failure. That could be due to poor self esteem or past issues. Therapy can help sort that out.
It is very possible that OCD could cause racing thoughts. Racing thoughts is a common symptom of OCD and the counting and picking are ways to address the anxiety that comes with OCD. It may help you focus as well.