In a comment on a recent post, a reader asked the following question:
I have a question for anyone reading this ... how do you let others know about your OCD so they can cut you some slack?
I only recently realized how much this disorder messes with my daily and weekly functioning. I thought I had adult ADD but it's anxiety, not ADD.
I live alone and my "circle" does not have any idea how much energy it takes me, sometimes, just to get out the door. Any advice on how to help them to help me would be great.For myself, I told very few people about my OCD. My husband, my best friend, people in my OCD Goal Support Group and then as I started Exposure Therapy, a couple more close friends. With my husband, it helped that he was willing to read Jonathan Grayson's book Freedom from OCD.
I'd love hear what other readers have to say about how to talk to others regarding your OCD and how it affects your functioning.