The Deluxe Plan
If your friends or family are particularly interested in supporting you and learning about OCD and its effects, that's good news, indeed. There are now huge numbers of books and other resources available. Several of these are listed in Appendix A. Some even are written exclusively for
To Get Started Right Away
The OC Foundation in New Haven, Connecticut can be a great place to start. Online, it is at
You may also want to check out Obsessive-Compulsive Anonymous (
Talking about It
Your local or online library or bookstore can also provide you with almost unlimited information. If you're seeing a therapist for your OCD, she will probably be able to give you advice and information for talking about it with the important people in your life, as well. Of course, if you are already in a support group, you might find helpful tips there.
Honest, non-judgmental conversation between you and your friends, family, or potential romantic partner will probably prove the best resource of all. As long as both sides make a sincere effort not to bring old or new conflicts into the conversation, or to place blame or judgment, you may enjoy a real chance to effect a change for the better — and, in the bargain, help others to gain some understanding about you and your disorder. Remember, everyone has problems. This one just happens to be yours.
OCD often becomes “second nature,” so that you no longer think about why you avoid certain things or situations. You may “space out” while checking door locks or stove burners so that the action doesn't really “register.” Your OC symptoms may even show up in your dreams.