There will be communication problems, petty arguments, disagreement over household responsibilities, issues surrounding sex, dirty socks on the floor, in-laws, and of course who gets to hold the remote control while watching television.
But what if you were married to not only your spouse but also your partner’s obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) as well?
These are a small sample of some of the additional issues that people who are married to someone with OCD experience.
Making a marriage work is already tough and adding OCD into the mix only makes things worse.
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What if your spouse was making you late for your daughter’s recital because he ran over a pothole and had to circle the block several times to ensure that he hadn’t actually run over a small child?
He suspects that without being right there to watch me, I might ‘forget’ the rule.
Then he would feel compelled to stay up late and clean for hours, all the while irate and likely blaming me for ruining everything. He had been cleaning again.” – A woman married to an OCD patient.
Previous research has found that about 60% of family members are involved to some extent in rituals performed by an individual with OCD (Shafran et al., 1995).
Imagine if you sat down to discuss with your spouse what each of your responsibilities around the house will be.