Give Your OCD Partner a Special Valentine’s Day Gift

Posted by Phil Cardenas on Feb 11, 2014

As Valentine’s Day rapidly approaches, one of the best ways to show your love for a partner who suffers with OCD is a clear show of empathy and support.

Flowers and candy are nice, and we certainly don’t suggest you forgo the usual Valentine’s treats, but why not show your ongoing commitment with gifts that last beyond Valentine’s Day, too? Beyond OCD is a non-profit organization committed to offering OCD sufferers and their loved ones the latest help and information on the disorder. Among our resources is an extensive book list to help with understanding, treating, and coping with OCD. They all go nicely with chocolate and roses, too.

Three books that address living with partners with OCD are OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu, Loving Someone with Anxiety by Kate N. Thieda, MS, LPCA, and Loving Someone with OCD by Karen J. Landsman. They are available on our website through Books that have positive messages for OCD sufferers include Getting Over OCD by Jonathan S. Abramowitz, Ph.D., Little Ways to Keep Calm and Carry On by Mark Reinecke, Ph.D, and Free from OCD by Timothy Sisemore, Ph.D.

Not As Crazy As I Seem by George Harrar shows that humor is a valid coping mechanism for sufferers as does Here’s the Deal: Don’t Touch Me by famous TV personality Howie Mandel. There are also several books aimed at younger audiences from grade-schoolers to teenagers, including Talking Back to OCD by John S. March, MD, and Breaking Free from OCD by Jo Dirisley.

If you or your loved one are a fan of serious literature, Homer & Langley by famed author E. L. Doctorow is a gritty, adult, fact-based account of two brothers in New York whose damaged lives lead to hoarding and compulsive behavior. A word of warning, though: while it is well-written and fascinating in its insight into how these men attempt cope, it isn’t a particularly happy tale.

If the Internet is more to you or your partner’s taste, Beyond OCD has a list of suggested web sites that address a wide range of subjects of help and interest to OCD sufferers and their loved ones. Look it over and include a link to one you like with an affectionate Valentine’s email to show you care.

You can show your support and commitment to ongoing efforts on behalf of sufferers and their loved ones with a donation in their name to Beyond OCD to help continue our work in making a valuable difference in the lives of people who often have nowhere else to turn for reliable information and hope. Our knowledgeable staff and volunteers speak with people every day who have looked elsewhere for help, but find new courage in the insights provided by Beyond OCD. Beyond OCD is a not-for-profit organization qualified under section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Donations are fully tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law, and are acknowledged.

You can also learn more about how you can manage emotions and attitudes as you interact with a person who has OCD. Our Information for Friends and Families has excellent tips including an article about families of OCD sufferers.

We’re always there to help you get the information you need to go beyond OCD.


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