If You Love Someone with OCD, You May Need to Stop Reassuring Them That Everything is OK

If You Love Someone with OCD, You May Need to Stop Reassuring Them That Everything is OK

Living with unmanaged obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is miserable—I know because I’ve likely had it since I was a teenager and was officially diagnosed in 2014. No, it’s not merely having “you’re-so-OCD” perfectionism or organization skills ascribed to the condition on TV and in movies. And given that an estimated 2.3 percent of the population deals with OCD over the course of a lifetime, chances are you know someone suffering from or managing OCD, so it’s important to understand what the condition is and what it isn’t. The OCD reel might go a little something like this: “You might experience a frightening or horrible thought, feeling,...

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