Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by disturbing, repetitive and uncontrollable obsessions. How do you know if your partner has it? And how can I help him get through it? Amélie Boukhobza, clinical psychologist, answers us.
He only has one thing on his mind
When your spouse’s range of interests suddenly narrows to a single concern, it is very likely that he or she is exhibiting obsessive disorders.
“He has obsessive ideas, which completely invade him, which take over everything“, warns Amélie Boukhobza.
He is very anxious
Due to the invasive nature of these obsessions, the loved one can develop significant anxiety.
“She quickly becomes very anxious. Devouring stress, which often results from anxiety about death“, specifies the expert.
He exhibits strange, even addictive behaviors
To calm the flow of oppressive ideas that invades them, the partner affected by these disorders may develop an addiction to a substance or activity.
“Behaviors can be diverse and varied. They can range from simple sleep disturbances to a whole bunch of small rituals which aim to “ward off fate”. Addictive behaviors, for example drinking alcohol, are often to be deplored. They allow the person to relax, to relax in a superficial way“, notes the psychologist.
Their health and well-being may take second place
The last sign to spot in the spouse affected by these obsessive thoughts or behaviors? Lack of care.
“The degree of obsession can be such that it can lead to global neglect. Maintaining health and well-being then becomes secondary“, says Amélie Boukhobza.
Obsessive disorders: when to consult?
“As soon as obsessive disorders, anxiety, tics and OCD become disabling for him/her, it is necessary to consult“, recommends Amélie Boukhobza.