OCD: How Family Members Can Cope

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OCD: How Family Members Can Cope

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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 behaviour 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 help.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Primary Medical Reviewer Donald Sproule, MD, CM, CCFP, FCFP - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Last Revised August 5, 2010

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