Advice and dating and depression

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Understanding what the symptoms of OCD are and where they come from can go a long way in helping you cope with them and to bring down the overall stress level in your relationship.

As well, it is important to realize that many people with OCD experience other forms of anxiety disorders or depression that can complicate the symptoms he or she experiences.

Most people with depression have bad days and good days; encourage your daughter to help her boyfriend enjoy the good days to the fullest and remember that they exist during the bad days, but not to force him to cheer him up or try to make the bad days go away.

Advise her that if she can help her boyfriend bear with the depression and not feel alone during the worst times, she is doing her part as his girlfriend.

If you have concerns or are feeling overwhelmed by your partner’s symptoms, discuss this with your partner openly and honestly.

While your partner might be comfortable disclosing the nature and severity of their symptoms to you, they may not be as comfortable discussing these issues with family, friends or co-workers.

Never assume that other people in your partner’s life know that they have OCD.

Although any intimate relationship has its ups and downs, dating someone who is affected by a chronic mental illness such as OCD can present some additional challenges as well as opportunities for growth.

Above all, it is important to remember that an illness is what a person has, not who they are.

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