How does obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affect interpersonal relationships?

Updated: May 17, 2018
  • Author: William M Greenberg, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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OCD symptoms can interact negatively with interpersonal relationships, and families can become involved with the illness in a counterproductive way. For example, a patient with severe doubting obsessions may constantly ask reassurance for irrational fears from family members or significant others; constantly providing this can inhibit the patient from making attempts to work on their behavioral disturbances).


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