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      My husband thinks he has OCD but whenever I try to bring up getting help, he won’t be rational and won’t respond to rational discussion. He won’t answer my questions, refuses my help and says I’m an enabler or reassurer. I don’t even know what that means.  My husband might never accept that’s his responsibility to get help for OCD. What can I do?



        I take your point, but do remember that it can be very traumatic for an ocd sufferer to open up to anyone. After all, we don’t want to be opening up to the wrong people who may misunderstand and cause us more anguish and trouble.

        Do you know what are the themes of his ocd? What does he worry about?

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