Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can disrupt the entire family. In
order to help someone with OCD, it is important that family members or loved
ones learn as much as possible about the illness.
It may help to attend counselling or support groups with or apart from
your loved one who has OCD. You can learn ways to help the person with behavioural
therapy. And you can learn ways to help him or her take medicines regularly.
You may also help by providing the health professional with
information on behaviours and the effects of treatment.
How you respond to your loved one's symptoms is important. An angry
response can make the symptoms worse. And accommodating his or her behaviours
may also be harmful. It is important that you talk to your loved one's health
professional about how you should respond and the best ways for you to
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerPatrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry Christine R. Maldonado, PhD - Behavioral Health