OCD or anxiety?

14 March 2020 - 12:39

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My husband is fixated on politics, national , local the whole thing. He wants to 'debate' absolutely everything and whilst I share the interest in general terms it is getting really stressful. We don't disagree but it just goes round and round and if I want to stop talking about it he gets angry and upset with me. The Covid19 panic has sent him off in a flat spin and he is hoarding food and obsessing about what is going to happen for hours everyday and wants to talk about it all the time. He is also excessively anxious about money and any change such as moving house which we HAD planned to do until all this started. He has mild OCD on other areas, checking cars, windows, doors etc locked and wanting to unplug everything when we are going out but that is manageable although a bit annoying as I don't share that worry. He had mental health issues in the past before I knew him and did once take an overdose so I am worried when I try to talk to him about al this as he says I am shutting him down and that people doing that was what led to the complete breakdown he had before when he ended up sectioned. I am out of my depth and do not know what to do. There is a local support group I could go to but I am not sure it is OCD and don't know what to do next. Any advice would be great.

11 June 2020 - 20:46

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My close friend also has gotten very bad to the point where he has completely withdrawn from the family due to his political views. He became obsessed and hateful and would insult loud with no shame. I think this is more of a depression issue mixed with other issues than OCD.  His girlfriend of 5 years left him. I really hope your husband finds the way maybe through some sort of spirituality but as long as our loved ones live in a world that is hateful due to disinformation, they won't be happy, thats why I think is more depression than OCD.

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22 June 2020 - 17:37

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Good to read your post claireh. OCD is so very painful for the person who has it. My gut feeling is your partner is keeping most of his OCD to himself as generaly people with OCD try to act as normal as they can
I don't know how to answer the difficult political conversations, but think it's worth building different topics & modes into your life - if you start a playful hobby & share it together you maybe able to build more light hearted times

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