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canada goose coats on sale Obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, is an often misunderstood mental health condition that can be exhausting and uk canada goose debilitating for the millions of people canada goose coats on sale affected by it. will be diagnosed with OCD at some point in their lives.

Although the term “OCD” is often thrown around in casual conversation as a synonym for “perfectionist” or “neat freak,”it’s important to know that it’s a real disorder marked by a cycle of unwanted thoughts or doubts (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or rituals (compulsions). The compulsive behaviors, such as cleaning, counting or checking, are performed in an attempt to ease the anxiety caused by the intrusive thoughts.

canada goose coats “There are many misconceptions about OCD,” Jon Abramowitz,a clinical psychologist in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, who specializes in the treatment of the disorder, told HuffPost. “One is that it is only about germs or perfectionism.

canada goose store To further dispel some of the misinformation out there, we asked bloggers and HuffPost readers dealing with OCD what they wish their loved ones understood about what it’s like to live with this condition. Read on for buy canada goose jacket what you need to know if you’re in a relationship with someone who has OCD.

canada goose clearance sale Note: Canada Goose Outlet Some responses have been lightly edited or condensed for clarity. The last names of some respondents have been withheld to protect their privacy.

1. We can’t explain why we have these thoughts or engage in canada goose uk black friday these behaviors

canada goose “Stop asking why I do what I do. You know by now the answer will be, ‘I don’t know, I just do.’” Cindy O.

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“Mainly I just want it to be understood canada goose that my disorder is not the Canada Goose Online defining aspect of my life. I’m not a neat freak. I’m not going to be obsessively cleaning, like the stereotype suggests. But my compulsions need to be both taken seriously and not become the main focus of our relationship.”Julianna D.

3. Try not to take it personally if we’re having a bad day

Canada Goose Parka “Don’t get annoyed with me canada goose coats when I have to do something over and over again. Don’t get upset because I’d rather you not touch, kiss or hug me for fear of it not being ‘right’ too soft, too long, too short. It’s not personal.” Jessica A.

canadian goose jacket 4. OCD is not a “quirk” canada goose factory sale of our personality it’s an actual disorder

buy canada goose jacket “As someone who’s lived with OCD my entire life, it’s hard to find others who understand and Canada Goose Coats On Sale accept the disorder for canada goose store what it is a mental illness, not just a ‘quirk.’ My husband, from the beginning, showed compassion toward my behaviors because he understood the main component: It’s not logical. It can be frustrating to have to serve as an educator about OCD over and over, cheap Canada Goose but it’s necessary to remember how difficult it is for someone without the disease to understand it.” Brynn L. I want my husband to know that I’m not always crying wolf. I worry. I Canada Goose sale have irrational fears. It’s not new. Over canada goose clearance sale time, it’s easy for him to dismiss my worries as a facet of my disorder. Sometimes I need that, but I also need to be taken seriously and recognized as an adult with Canada Goose online at least sometimes realistic fears.” Julie Zack Yaste

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canada goose black friday sale 8. We get distracted by our obsessive thoughts and rituals but it doesn’t mean we don’t canada goose clearance care about what you’re saying

buy canada goose jacket cheap “I wish my boyfriend understood that my constant daydreaming when he speaks to me is due to being caught in an obsession or mental ritual, and not disinterest. Having OCD is like having two televisions running at the same time in my mind, with one playing reality and the other stuck on a ‘what if’ reel of terror channel. In the early days, I needed him to understand that it was canadian goose jacket impossible for me to just ‘stop worrying’ or ‘stop thinking about it.’ I needed him to understand that my thought spirals were completely out of my control, but that they would eventually pass. I needed him to understand that he couldn’t ‘fix’ anything, no matter how desperately he wanted to. But just being there to listen or hold me was more than enough. After many open, honest conversations, we finally got to a place where he truly gets it. He knows what makes me tick. I have OCD and my husband doesn’t,and we are still able to have a healthy, extremely happy relationship.” Kimberly Poovey

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Canada Goose sale “It’s important buy canada goose jacket cheap to canada goose uk shop me that my boyfriend can empathize with that struggle instead of trying to correct or fix my behavior so that we can build trust and effective communication in our relationship. Getting involved in my treatment has strengthened our bond and helped me in my fight against OCD because now he can identify compulsive behavior and deny offering me reassurance, which worsens my uk canada goose outlet condition.” Megan Hambly

11. At the end of the day, we’re not all that different from you

Canada Goose Outlet “If you love someone with OCD, it shouldn’t be any different than any other relationship. A partner should be supportive and respectful and also stick up for you.” Dan Fenstermacher.

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