With all the obsessions and compulsive behaviors specific to OCD, dating can sometimes be a challenge. Nevertheless, people with OCD can have a great love life, just like everyone else, even if this means some extra effort from both partners. Some people, who experience OCD, tend to perceive their condition as a weakness.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder OCD can affect all areas of life. There are many reasons people resort to this choice; chief among them is the desire to prevent or lessen their anxiety through avoidance of stressful situations. Fortunately, there are other ways to cope that are less extreme.
When most lay people think of OCD, they envision hours of hand washing or compulsive lock checking. But this term is a misnomer, as people suffering with Pure O exhibit numerous, albeit less obvious, compulsions. And while these compulsions are less noticeable by others, they still take a huge toll on sufferers.
So, you have OCD huh? You're scared to let someone in and see the crazy? I get you, I really really do. When I first start dating someone, It's kind of easy to hide my compulsions since our time together is limited and set.
Although any intimate relationship has its ups and downs, dating someone who is affected by a chronic mental illness such as OCD can present some additional challenges as well as opportunities for growth. Above all, it is important to remember that an illness is what a person has, not who they are. It is not uncommon for people with OCD to hide the nature or severity of their symptoms from others—especially those they may be engaged with romantically —for fear of embarrassment and rejection.
Asking you the same questions multiple times. As someone with OCD, one of my favorite things is repetitiveness. Car crashes, choking, anaphylaxishome invasions, illness, my child dying, mass shootings.
So show your calibre to these detractors or anybody who believes that we, as women, lack the potential to be physically as fit as men by being just that. Not to say that it will be an easy process. The conditioning that we are not at par physically starts early.
Illustration by Alex Jenkins. I'm still convinced that I've met the most important person in my adult life, but I never imagined I'd be planning my future with someone who is often afraid to touch me. I've dated sociopaths, drug addicts, and alcoholics, but I never imagined what life could be like with someone battling OCD. When I met Tony not his real name over a year ago, he immediately revealed he was suffering from obsessive compulsive disorderan anxiety disorder marked by intrusive, uncontrolled thoughts and performing repeated rituals.
That's a lot of people. I have certain characteristics that make my disorder pretty obvious to those around me, as well as a host of others I mask for my own self-preservation. Having relationships while simultaneously dealing with OCD can be a challenge.
The pens and pencils on my desk were organized in straight lines. You could have bounced a quarter off my bed. Even the photos and posters on the wall were a study in flawless geometric alignment. But as time passed, she realized that my neat and clean ways went much deeper than just about being organized.