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Impact Of OCD On Family Members
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In cases where a member of the family is identified to have Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, the common notion of the family members is: this may have a negative impact on the family. Often times, it inflicts problems and affects relationships. When patients experience their obsessions and compulsions, activities and other occasion are also affected. The treatments and therapies also give the patient and his family financial concerns. The situation can be very stressful.

It is very important that family members must be strong enough to encourage and help the patient to recover from the symptoms of his disorder. When family members also react and treat the patient in a negative manner, the patient will feel and rejected and this will only worsen his condition. This situation can cause stress that can trigger his obsessions and compulsions. The family must be very accommodating and understanding with regard to the patient’s condition. They must also take the responsibility of involving themselves on therapies like family therapy. With this, they can both help each other and boost the morale of the patient.

Family members must be properly educated with regard to the nature of OCD. By this, they may be able to know and understand the condition of the patient and help them out with it. This is also necessary when the patient will undergo exposure based therapies. Family members must also be aware of the changing behaviors of the patient. They must bear in mind that it is not on the will of the patient but rather are only the effects of the disorder. Patience is very important to each family member.

The patient is not the only one involved in the treatments and therapies that are to be done but the family members as well. Family members serve as co-therapists of patients. They are those who are present with the patient at all times. They must be very responsible enough to monitor the condition of the patient and to guide them when they are experiencing obsessions and compulsions.

When it comes to psychological treatments, the presence of family members and close friends are very important. There are basic information that therapists need from them in order to assess and treat the symptoms of the patient. On the other hand, like any other disorders and treatments, this may not best affect the condition of all types of patients. There are still various factors that must first be considered.


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