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Asking for a friend

doodle bug

doodle bug

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My boyfriend has OCD and when his anxiety flares up, he rearranges the cabinets. We live in a trailer so it's hard to stay out of his way without going outside (he's not the first partner I've had with this, so I know interrupting the rituals makes the anxiety worse for the person with OCD) what else, besides not interrupting and trying to keep the cabinets the way he likes, can I do to kinda help reduce his OCD anxiety?
 
hicks

hicks

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Ideally he needs to see a therapist, who can address this with techniques such as CBT and ERP. How bad is the OCD? How long does he spend doing these rituals?
 
doodle bug

doodle bug

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Ideally he needs to see a therapist, who can address this with techniques such as CBT and ERP. How bad is the OCD? How long does he spend doing these rituals?
He doesn't have insurance, and we can't afford therapy. Plus, he wouldn't go anyway. Usually he is able to manage it by keeping busy (he's a mechanic so he fixes things to keep busy) but when it gets really bad he spends like an hour or two doing it. I can literally feel the secondhand anxiety.
 
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