How can family and friends help support someone with OCD?

OCD doesn’t occur in isolation. Your OCD affects your family members, and your family members can affect your symptoms, mood, and treatment. When you suffer from the distress caused by obsessions and engage in compulsions or avoidance, those around you are affected too. Your symptoms can take a toll on your loved ones and and the same time, how your loved ones respond to your OCD symptoms can take a toll on you. For example they might be critical of you for engaging in compulsions, become angry when you seek reassurance, or intentionally trigger your obsessions because they want to show you that your fears are unfounded.

Alternatively if your loved ones are supportive and understand your symptoms and treatment, this can greatly enhance treatment effectiveness.

Sourced from the book Daring to Challenge OCD. See Resources

There are many articles on how family and friends can help. Take some time to think how you can help or talk to a therapist.

See Living with Someone who has OCD. Guidelines for Family Members

See How can other people help?