Millions of people around the world are affected by Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). If your loved one is one of these people, it can be difficult to know what you can do to help. 

Here are some tips on what to do when someone you love has OCD. 

Educate Yourself

The best way to become an understanding and helpful friend to a person affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is to educate yourself. Read up on the effects that it can have on their lives. 

By learning about the symptoms of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, you can be more knowledgeable. You can become an understanding ally to the millions of people who are affected by OCD. Most importantly, being informed gives you the ability to be there for and help your loved one when dealing with this disorder. 

Obsessions generally involve thoughts that are repetitive, intrusive, and a lot of the times, illogical. These thoughts can cause intense panic and anxiety. 

Compulsions are physical or mental behavior. Those affected perform them to “fix” the problem that they feel exists due to their obsessions. 

Knowing the symptoms and behaviors common in those with OCD will help you to better help your loved one when they are seeking help with regulating their compulsions. 

Don’t Participate in Compulsions

One common mistake that people make with their loved ones is participating in their compulsions. 

When you enable these rituals or accommodate avoidance behavior, it will only persist. The behavior could even get worse. 

You should encourage your loved one to seek professional help. With professional resources, they can sign up for therapy, group counseling, and more. 

Be Their Support System

In many cases, people affected by OCD lose a lot of their support system. This is due to the frustrating nature of this disorder. 

For many, it is difficult to deal with a loved one who has no control over their compulsions. Many people give up trying to help them. 

To help your loved one, you must be there for them. It’s important to encourage them to seek help to control their disorder. 

Take Care of Yourself

When you are trying to be there for someone with OCD, it can be very easy to forget to take care of yourself. 

Just like flight attendants tell you to secure your own life mask before trying to help others, you should also prioritize your own mental health. Don’t get lost trying to help your loved one. 

Try to remember that you are no good to them if you are not in the right state of mind. 

There have been many reports of family members of those with OCD becoming distressed. Dealing with the symptoms of it and not getting the appropriate help can exacerbate an already stressful situation. This is likely the cause of many family members abandoning their loved ones. 

This unfortunate ending causes many people struggling with OCD to get worse rather than better. To avoid it, ensure that you take care of yourself as well as your loved one. It will lead to both of you improving. 

The Takeaway

When it comes to dealing with loved ones who suffer from OCD, it is important to remember that treatment is possible. There are resources available to help them gain control over their disorder. 

Complete turnarounds are unlikely, and it will take some time for them to learn to subdue their compulsions. However, there are plenty of perfectly normal and productive members of society with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. 

With these tips, you can easily help your loved one on the road to recovery.

Published by Zoe Sewell