Married to OCD

Married to OCD

Catherine Ferreira

People know when they are marrying someone else with obsessive tendencies. They may not realize that their partner has OCD, but they sense that something is off. As the relationship progresses, so might the disorder. Even if the partner does not openly admit to having OCD, it will rear its ugly head in other ways. OCD runs the home, creating rules that cannot be explained. It is something that, unless dealt with head-on, will always create problems in a marriage. So, how to treat OCD and keep your marriage stable?

  1. Try to confront your partner about their OCD in a way that doesn’t antagonize or embarrass them. And if you are the person with OCD, come clean about it.
  2. Put yourself in your partner’s shoes. No one choses to have OCD. It’s not made up or controllable, so understand that your partner is doing the best that they can.
  3. Inform yourself. Knowledge is power. Do some research with your partner and make them feel included in the conversation.
  4. Find a therapist that specializes in OCD and marital counseling.

If you believe or a loved one suffer from OCD and are in need of marital counseling, the psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners or psychotherapists at Arista Counseling can assist you. Contact our Bergen County, NJ or Manhattan offices of psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists at (201) 368-3700 or (212) 722-1920 to set up an appointment.  Visit for more information.



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