09-03-2011, 04:03 PM
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: My side of the street
| | Re: Is this normal?
OCD is a treatable mental disorder. Have you ever seen the movie with Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt called "As Good As It Gets"? Nicholson plays the part of an author who has major OCD. He MUST sit at the same table at the same restaurant and have the same waitress (played by Hunt). He lines up bars of Neutrogena soap in his bathroom medicine cabinet, opens a bar, washes his hands, and tosses the bar in the trash.
Get another therapist. For cryin' out loud, the man's disorder was screaming at her, and she didn't attempt to get him to recognize that something was amiss? Your husband may not even think he has a disorder, and he may dig in his heels and deny the problem. In the meantime, the best you can do is realize this is a real issue and find out what you can do to live with it.
OCD also manifests itself in hoarding. Have you ever seen the show on TLC about hoarders. I can't watch it, because it creeps me out. I spent two months trying to help a hoarder "clean" up her home. She would only let me go so far in tossing stuff, then she dug in her heels and refused to let me go near the stockpile in her living room.
It's a difficult disorder, but if your husband was put on the correct meds, it would help. Any chance you can get him to listen to you?
I refuse to make anyone a priority in my life who considers me nothing more than an option.
You can't start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.