Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
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OCD Caregiver Tips
One of the most important things that caregivers can do in support of an Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) sufferer is to educate themselves about the disorder. Education will help the caregiver to identify what is a symptom of the disorder and what isn’t, to understand what the sufferer is going through, and to understand how they can (and can’t) help the sufferer.
Caregivers for someone with OCD should consider these tips in order to help the sufferer and themselves to cope with the disorder:
- Learn as much as possible about the disorder.
- Seek out appropriate professional treatment for the sufferer.
- Do everything possible to support the sufferer in the pursuit of treatment.
- When a professional says it’s appropriate, disengage with the disorder by refusing to participate in rituals.
- Find ways to have positive experiences with the sufferer that don’t focus on the disorder.
- Find a support group for caregivers.
- Take time away from the sufferer when possible.
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