Dr. Lefkowitz discusses the issues that can arise in a marriage during the chagim if you or your spouse is struggling with OCD. Your relationship with your spouse is crucial to your mental health as well as to creating a stable environment for your entire family. Exposure and response therapy can help.
Having obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) isn’t an easy thing to deal with on a daily basis. When you throw in a marriage and chagim, symptoms can become further exacerbated by what may otherwise be a normal level of anxiety. […] Increased stress affects the entire family, and the impact of that stress is felt more by the family during the chagim – when everyone’s routines are changed and parents are juggling holiday preparations, school vacation, and work.
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If you’re struggling with OCD around the chagim, getting help for it can make this period go more smoothly, and can give you valuable tools to create positive change in your life.