Caring for Someone with OCD – A Guide for Friends and Family, Part One

by Matt B. on October 20, 2014

My friends Dan and Josh join me to discuss some of the questions and confusions that arise when OCD joins the party. How can friends and family relate to what obsessive-compulsives are going through? When is it OCD, and when is your friend just being a jerk? And how does OCD affect romantic relationships?

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Janet Singer October 22, 2014 at 9:27 am

I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast with you and your friends, Matt, and found it very interesting to hear their thoughts, questions, and perceptions regarding your OCD. I could relate to a lot of it (though I’m a “mom” and not a “friend”). Just a couple of quick comments: When my son Dan would ask for reassurance (which in his case usually seemed to take the form of “I’m sorry about this or that”) I would say something such as: “I’m not going to respond to your OCD.” It seemed to work, as it made us both acknowledge what was going on, and that I was not going to get involved with that. Of course for a friend to respond that way, he/she would have to realize when it was your OCD talking, so it’s great that you are so open about educating friends.
The other comment is just in regards to having a sense of humor regarding the whole mess that is OCD. Even when Dad was really bad off, and he’d spend days just lying on the floor, we’d try to make jokes as we stepped over him. He would actually laugh at times and this would lighten the mood for all of us, something we all desperately needed.
Keep up the great work!!!!!

Elisa Anne Rodriguez October 22, 2014 at 2:20 pm

Hey Bieb – Congrats on your new site, brave content and bold podcast. I found the podcast informative, relatable and can appreciate what you said in regards to disease fostering empathy for a variety of situations. I’m glad you, Dan, Josh and Bob are able to support one another through thick and thin. Keep up your hard work! ~ Lis

Matt Bieber October 22, 2014 at 6:35 pm

Ah, so good to hear from you, Janet, and thank you! I think were brave and wise to respond to Dan in that way (I imagine it must have been tough!), and I’m going to encourage my friends to do the same!

Matt Bieber October 22, 2014 at 6:36 pm

Hey Lis! Yeah, these are special dudes, no question about it. Thanks so much for the encouragement!

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