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OCD People- What You Can Do To Help Them

By Lauren Brooks

Most of the time symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder are being misunderstood by people. Needles to say, caregivers fear the discrimination of others. With this they are being throbbed by pain as they witness their loved one being treated with indifference while being imprisoned by unpleasant symptoms. Having a child, a sibling, a friend or a distant relative diagnosed with OCD entails a lot of struggle. Although not directly, these people who take good care of individuals afflicted by OCD are also affected by the illness manifestations themselves. For instance, one might be forced to delay other tasks when an immediate family member demands attention in order to completely comply with a certain compulsion. A concrete example is the possibility that a long been planned family outing may be delayed for hours if a child still needs to do a ritual before comfortably traveling with them to the countryside. Such situation is distressing to both parties; especially to the OCD sufferer is fully aware of the irrelevance of his or her actions.

How to relate to the family member with OCD

* Take efforts in learning on what OCD is all about. If you are taking care of someone with obsessive compulsive disorder, it is important for you to understand the mechanism of such people; why and how if affects other people. Do read OCD books and consult the internet. Having a good and stable background about the illness will help lengthen your patience. The knowledge you gained will not only benefit you, but also the sufferer.

* Use positive communication, if not always, then may be often. Praise the sufferer when you see him or her take initiative in delaying and/ or resisting obsessions and compulsions. OCD people need your appreciation in order not to have low self esteem. When you happen to be burn out and stressed, avoid giving negative side comments. This will only discourage them to make well in their therapy sessions.

* As a caregiver, it is also advisable for you to seek help from others. You can always talk to a friend about your current situation. Know that there are a lot of support groups that are ready to be there for you in case you need assistance.

* Get acquainted with the common presenting signs and symptoms of the illness. This will serve you best in detecting any warnings of an impending relapse. In that way you will be able to prevent unwanted exacerbations of OCD. Remember, prevention is always better than cure.

* Always support course treatments of OCD people. Encourage and make the OCD sufferer feel that you will always be there at his or her side no matter what. This will give motivation for faster recovery.

* Give support, but do not participate in any form of ritual or reassurance. Doing the opposite will only make symptoms worse. Know your roles and obligations on being part of the cure, and do not go beyond.

* Taking care of an OCD patient can be taxing. Do not forget to give yourself a break. Take good care of your health and stay fit.

Lauren Brooks has recently recovered from OCD. Now, she is helping other OCD people to recover from the disorder too by selling OCD books.

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Brooks, Lauren "OCD People- What You Can Do To Help Them." OCD People- What You Can Do To Help Them. 25 Aug. 2010. 8 Sep 2014 <>.

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