When a family member has OCD, the symptoms are up close and personal. But when a friend or co-worker has OCD, it may not be easy to recognize symptoms. You may sense something is wrong or that your relationship is changing. Sometimes close friends “drift apart” because one becomes withdrawn, silently struggling with OCD. Many people with OCD never show their obsessions and compulsions in public.
When you do see symptoms in friends, it’s important to be sensitive to their feelings and also be a champion for their recovery. As a friend, you can be direct as well as caring. Offering specific suggestions, such as providing contact information for a psychologist or employee assistance program, may give your friend the inspiration he or she needs to seek help.
The story below is from a person who wishes she could have been more help to a co-worker and friend who had OCD.
If you have a story to share about a friend with OCD (and how he or she got better with treatment), please contact us.
Your story could help others speak up, and be better friends by helping a friend seek help.