OCD And Relationships

Often times if your partner has OCD, it can get in the way and cause issues in the relationship. The reasoning for this is sometimes the individual suffering from OCD may be insecure or having a struggle with the symptoms and rituals they perform, which lead them to avoid being in any romantic relationships. Most people have the need to love and want to eventually be in a relationship, so not being able to do this could ultimately lead to depression, which is something that should be prevented. Here are three ways to cope with your OCD, and help you retain a healthy relationship.
• Seek Therapy. Once a week, seek a therapist to speak with about issues going on in your life, especially those that deal with your self-esteem. It is important to note that these people are educated professionals who will listen to everything that you have to say, and produce and unbiased opinion. This is a safe zone for you and will help you regain some confidence.
• Keep the Communication both Open and Honest. If there is something that is bothering you within your relationship, sit down and calmly express how you feel so that you can come to a mutual understanding. If you do not talk about it and just hold it inside, it is going to come out in a different way that could be both explosive and unhealthy for your relationship.
• Become a Part of a Support Group. Sometimes in relationships as well as in life, people do not understand what you are going through simply because they do not suffer from the illness. Aside from therapy, attending local group meetings can help you effectively express your feelings and connect with people who are going through the same issues as you.
Resources: http://ocd.about.com/od/livingwithoc1/a/Romantic_OCD.htm



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