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      When my dad’s OCD started and then he started to recover from it I tried to tell my friend, but I panicked and tried to convince him my dad didn’t have OCD. I actually thought that worked but it didn’t. This friend is very close, I thought he wouldn’t tell anyone about what I said and I thought he forgot about. Then yesterday he still remembered and joked about my dad recovering. My dad’s OCD wasn’t something secret anymore and I was so scared. I feel like I might have to cut him off but he’s not bad, he doesn’t know much about my dad’s OCD and recovery. He probably thinks it’s a joke but I feel like trying to tell him more about it will just make it worse. There’s nothing wrong with my Dad having OCD and wanting to recover from it right? Right now, my friend is making my life miserable.

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