How can I support my dear friend with OCD?
I have recently found out that a dear friend of mine has ocd....I knew something was odd for a while as he always seemed to keep me at arms length - what I thought was very "moody"
He has carried this burden, alone, with him for two whole years, finally he has come out and told someone other than a counsellor. I want to be there for him, I want to help anyway I can to carry the weight that has consumed him for far too long. How do I do this?? I have heard that reassurance can be a waste of time and sometimes even detrimental!
Although he hasn't been officially diagnosed, he has the pure-o type....intrusive thoughts about homosexuality and the other one is harming a small child. He is forever questioning himself, and at times believes that he should just give into it...that he must be homosexual. He says that he can recall the exact moment when his episodes began - 2 years ago shorlty after the loss of a loved one.
Does anyone know how I can help, is there any suggested reading, therapy or a specialist in NSW, Australia. He is such a beautiful person who is entrapped by this horrible, horrible condition.
Your help is so much appreciated
I wish you all well x