Information for Caregivers
It can be extremely difficult to be a caregiver of someone struggling with OCD. As a caregiver for someone with OCD, it is critical to be there to support your loved one and, if possible, participate in treatment. Participation in treatment can involve learning how to not participate in your loved ones’ OCD symptoms (also called family accommodation), and helping your loved one engage in therapy tasks (such as facing their fears). It is also important to understand what OCD is, what CBT is, and the proper ways for you to help your loved ones resist compulsions/rituals. It is important to have a support network to lean on and to set aside time for yourself to avoid burnout.
First steps for caregivers:
- Learn about OCD and its treatment.
- Recognize OCD symptoms.
- Find a qualified treatment provider.
- Support your loved one in treatment.
- Avoid participating in rituals and reassurance under guidance from your loved one's clinician.
- Communicate positively – avoid criticism, yelling and arguing.
- Create a support system – find a support group.
- Find time for yourself.
- Spend time with your loved one that doesn't revolve around OCD.