I was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder when I was 20, but I had been dealing with the condition since before I can even remember. Although it scared me for years, I eventually found the help I needed with therapy and the love of my friends around me. My boyfriend, in particular, was a great help. I can't say it was easy for either of us, but with his comfort and empathy, I managed to get a place were the fear faded away. It may still be irritating as hell, but it's just a part of me that I needed to learn to accept, and he helped me do this. With this in mind, I feel that I can impart some advice to anyone who has started dating someone with OCD.
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Finding the One: Dating with OCD - Intrusive Thoughts
The power of the human mind is boggling and wonderful — except when it turns on you while peppering your psyche with a staccato of queries about your relationship. How did you ever land such a splendid fish? This barrage of errant thoughts and questions commonly arise in otherwise healthy relationships. The obsessions include judgments around their imperfections as a person and partner, or about the rightness of the relationship itself:.
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Indeed, the presence of any illness can easily complicate relationships. There are, however, questions I feel should always be considered:. When not if should you tell your sweetheart about your obsessive-compulsive disorder? Although those with OCD are very good at hiding their symptoms , I think beginning a relationship based on dishonesty is never a good idea.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD can affect all areas of life. There are many reasons people resort to this choice; chief among them is the desire to prevent or lessen their anxiety through avoidance of stressful situations. Fortunately, there are other ways to cope that are less extreme. But the usual relationship stresses that affect most of us—fear of rejection, loss of identity, previous failed relationships, performance anxiety, and body acceptance issues—are often amplified for those with anxiety. Obsessions that have to do with the loss of control, body image, fear of germs and contamination, anxiety related to physical closeness or being touched, and fear of loss or abandonment , may be easily triggered by intimate relationships.