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 counseling or support groups with or apart from
your loved one who has OCD. You can learn ways to help the person with behavioral
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 behaviors 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 behaviors
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
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.