21 September 2020 - 8:17
Hi all, my boyfriend suffers from contamination OCD. We cannot go into a shop without him having to weigh, touch or examination the food. The issue at the minute is causing me to become anxious as he has to buy specific brands (usually the most expensive). At the minute he doesn’t have an income and so I am having to help out which I don’t mind but it’s causing me anxiety and stress as I have to ensure I have enough money. He also has to see that I sanitise my hands even if I have just sanitised my hands, which causes my hands to become really dry. Sometimes I am not even sure what his rituals are and so I am anticipating that he will get angry with me if I don’t do the right thing. This has caused a massive argument and we have gone on a break which may potentially end things. I really don’t want them to end but I find myself becoming stressed, anxious and angry which isn’t good for both of us. He also doesn’t want to seek help and I understand you cannot force someone to seek help but it’s impacting both our lives. Does anyone have any tips that I could use so that I can either be more accepting or help him cope with his OCD.
Thanks in advance.