- Supports me, not the OCD. He is empathetic to my struggle and my pain, but he doesn't reassure me in order to keep the peace.
- Uses his sense of humor to highlight the ridiculousness of some of my OCD fears. He doesn't mock me, but the OCD is fair game.
- Stays curious about the disorder. He read Jonathan Grayson's book Freedom From OCD on my request. He's not a support group kind of guy, and he isn't interested in going to the International OCD Foundation Conference with me, but he does educate himself about OCD.
- Encourages me to do exposures, and is willing to get involved. If I am obsessing about what task to do next, he'll suggest I flip a coin. In the rare cases that his ADD mind actually gets stuck on something, he'll try an exposure out himself.
- Affirms my decision to see an ERP therapist, even though it's expensive, because he sees the progress I've made.
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