Having an Obsessive Compulsive disorder is difficult enough. Having no one who understands is much worse. Having these things in mind may make living with a person who has OCD fulfilling rather than dreadful.
1. OCD is not a mental illness – It is a form of anxiety triggered by fear. People with OCD were not born with it.
2. Act normal - complying with their requests or changing the rules/rituals in the house may reinforce OCD and prevent them from recovery. However, these things must be done gradually. Sudden changes may also cause much distress to the person. It can be difficult, but keeping a good relationship with the person while doing these changes would be very helpful.
3. Communicate with the doctor – the doctor knows almost (if not) everything about the person. It would be best to work alongside with him to know all the do’s and don’ts. But, (no. 4)
4. Reinforcing help to a person with OCD may or may not worsen the situation – Some people may not want to comply with certain medications/treatments. Knowing whether they want it or not is essential. Encouraging them to ask for professional help is very important, and it is still best to talk to the doctor about this matter.
5. Understanding is more than enough – imagining yourself in their position can be of big advantage. Know everything you can about OCD and establish a solid bond with the person. Having someone who understands what you’re going through is important for everyone, and much more for people with anxiety.
6. OCD is treatable – with proper treatment and medication combined with support and understanding from loved ones, people with OCD could gain full recovery. It won’t be instant, that’s for sure. It would take time and effort, but it would be worth it in the end. Assuring the person about these things and are fully explaining them their choices may also lead to positive results. However, telling them these things over and over again when they don’t like it may also irritate them causing the exact opposite of what you want to happen.
7. There will be times when you’d want to give up and just let them be – But you shouldn’t. This person needs you. Giving up would also make the person lose hope. When things get out of hand, (no. 8)
8. There are other people who can help – aside from doctors; there are other support groups out there willing to help. Some of them are professionals, some went through the same thing you’re going through, and some are survivors themselves. Ask them and they’ll guide you. Just don’t give up.
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