I think My Boyfriend has OCD, advice Please!!
Well about 3 years ago my boyfriend (26 now) was away at school, livng alone for the first time, had a very bad flu/cold and suffered a Anxiety/Panic attack. Prior to this he was always careless, never feared anything. He never focused on his health and was usually very healthy.
After this panic attack he started to act very wierd. He thought he was dying, he was obsessed with his heart and we frequented ERs so he could get numerous EKGs, heart ultrasounds, you name it, he got it. And every time he was given a completely clean bill of health. The ER visits subsided after a while but now I think he has become OCD. He washes his hands, presses the car alarm, sets the volume on tv and radio all to a certain number. He wont use a bar of soap again if it falls in the tub, he wont buy stuff on certain days and he wont say certain peoples names. He is Muslim, which he was never very religious, but suddenly now he prays 5 times a day, wont eat meat that is "un-halal", wont be intimate and much more.
I feel like I'm going to lose my mind here. We have been together 10 years in March and I just dont know what to do. He refuses to seek help, says they will label him as crazy and force him to take meds. His family only enables him. They don't talk about his problem and I even told his Dad I feel he has a Panic disorder and he laughed at me.
We have been going through this for 3 years now and its really starting to affect me. This just all came on so suddenly, I don't know what to do!!! Is this NORMAL???
Is there any advice anyone can give please, it would be greatly appreciated.