OCD affects not only the sufferer but the whole family. The family often has a difficult time accepting the fact that the person with OCD cannot stop the distressing behavior. Family members may show their anger and resentment, resulting in an increase in the OCD behavior. Or, to keep the peace, they may assist in the rituals or give constant reassurance.
Education about OCD is important for the family. Families can learn specific ways to encourage the person with OCD to adhere fully to behavior therapy or pharmacotherapy programs. Self-help books often are a good source of information. Some families seek the help of a family therapist who is trained in the field. Also, in the past few years, many families have joined one of the educational support groups that have been organized throughout the country.
Psych Central. (2006). Helpful Hints about OCD for Family Members. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 21, 2013, from http://psychcentral.com/lib/2006/helpful-hints-about-ocd-for-family-members/
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 30 Jan 2013
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