Hi, I am from Mexico... I have been counting letters since I was 10 years old, I am 26 now... and its been really great, I can do it whenever I want, It is not a tic and amazes all my friends. A 30 word phrase is easy for me to count it in less than 3 seconds.... I did not know it is part of OCD, is it always like that? because I have been tested all the time when getting a new job and no one told me this. Well... I am really glad there is others like me... I also count the syllabs and consonants that are in every phrase... So, can we do a tournament or olympics of this... jeje... it is really great... thank you all. Hi sbechtel.. This counting letter thing does not affect my life at all... I can control it, I do it just when the party is lame... and its a great ice breaker for me.... I do it by splitting the sentence in groups that are easy to count... example: "The dog is really hungry".... If you count it letter by letter you wont finish.... so this is the thing I automatically do in my head.... Thed-ogis-real-lyhu-ngry Each group has 4 letters... so 4+4+4+4+4 = 20 LETTERS Sounds slow but it is a fast calculation going on in my head... but this is the way it happens... Hope I helped.... Best regards.