My partner has OCD
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3 January 2022 at 12:37 #2607anonymous
I’m wondering if anyone has some factual advice for me on the questions asked or anything that has helped them personally. Me and my partner have been living with eachother for a year. We got together at the end of last year and moved in together not long after, so as you can imagine it has been stressful at times.
She has been living with OCD for almost 20 years now, when I moved in with her she was doing well with it, and even though I was pushing her OCD boundaries (unbeknownst to me) she could deal with it well she even said “it’s worth the risk” which kind of gets to me now as it means is it not worth it anymore? But anyway, since the pandemic it has got worse understably.
Her ocd is linked to the fear of warts currently (as you know it can change, it used to be coldsores but she managed that and it went onto the next). And honestly with my own problems too I’m less patient than I was before, which I know doesn’t help! I do try to acknowledge all the little things that are big to her and tell her she’s doing well btt sometimes it’s hard and it gets too much for me.
I know what I’m supposed to do in some ways not reassure her but say I’m there for her (which I had no idea about at first and admittedly I’d reassure her, but I never do it now unless she’s having a major panic, which maybe I shouldn’t?!)
She is worried about my best friend that she has a wart, she doesn’t have a wart it’s a skin tag! She to some extent believes this, but her ocd is telling her to fear her she can be around her but no contact for me or her!
For the last 9 months I’ve been encouraging her to get therapy she’s tried emdr before which helped but its costly. In my opinion she can afford it and it’s important! She’s promised she will do it this week. I’ve explained that if she isn’t willing to get help it will strain on our relationship, I just want her to be willing to help herself.
But my questions are:
How do I deal when she’s having a bad time with her OCD and she’s constantly asking me questions and being almost manipulative?
How do I deal with her issues with my friend? (obviously when things go back to normal) we might be moving away and I’d like her to visit form time to time, I’d like to see my friends withought her asking me if I’ve hugged her when I get home and can I have a full shower and wash my clothes (pre lockdown) . And even then sometimes she has a problem with them. She knows I used to live with her therefore all my clothes have been in contact with her but as you know OCD does not make any sense! I don’t want it to come between me and my Social life.
Am I making to many compromises with things?
E.g. She always does the washing and it has to go in order, I have to wash my hands if she tells me to etc you probably know the drill
Do I stop doing things that she doesn’t like because of the ocd? If not how do I get around it? Because she makes me feel bad, like I don’t care because its making her scared and “why do you not want me to feel safe?”
How do I be more patient when I’m having my own struggles?
All this aside we are actually doing well relationship wise but the ocd can be so hard sometimes.
I’d really appreciate the help! I know it’s an essay! There’s a lot to say.
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