How OCD Can Affect Relationships

Knowing how OCD can affect relationships is extremely important for those who have close family and friends who suffer from the condition. OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) is an anxiety disorder that is marked by obsessions and compulsions. Some people describe having OCD as their brain getting stuck or hiccuping.

OCD can affect relationships in many different ways, especially considering the severity of the disorder. Some people with OCD suffer primarily from obsessions, which are unwanted thoughts and images. Obsessions are often relieved by compulsions. An example would be that a person feels they are not safe, and the feeling is not relieved until the person checks all the locks on the house multiple times.

Living with a person with OCD can be extremely hard, especially if you are not familiar with the disorder. Family and friends of OCD sufferers may feel frustrated and confused as to why their loved one will not just “let it go.” Because of ignorance of the condition, OCD can affect relationships by causing friction and arguments, putting undue stress on the relationship.

Patients with OCD may have a difficult time making and retaining new friendships, due to embarrassment and ignorance on the part of others. OCD can interfere with the patient’s ability to work and socialize. However, with proper medication and therapy, OCD can be managed. If a person refuses treatment or stops her medication, this can cause distress in her life. Family and friends often do not know what to do to help a loved one with OCD.


Centre for Addiction and Mental Health:  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

HelpGuide: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

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