I am a very regular poster here but I logged in with a new identity in case my thread would be recognised. Here is my story.
A member of my family is suffering badly with OCD. We are at loss as to how to help her. She has gone from a lively fun loving woman to almost a total recluse in I guess 5 years. It started very slowly at first. She has always been particular and neat in her habits and way of living , nothing to strange about that. A precise type of person. Efficient and reliable. We cant place when she went over the line and became obsessive. She now displays all the characteristics of some one suffering from a cleanliness OCD. She washes her hands constantly. Wont handle any money. Doesnt go into shops to buy anything. Wont open doors, post, paperwork, books. washes her clothes daily and puts them on again the next morning. Cannot cope with anything out of place in her home or workplace. Not an item is out of line in her drawers. She no longer has any friends. I mean none. She works ,goes home , watches TV, goes to bed and starts her day again. No fun , no holidays , no interaction with anyone. Rarely visits any of her families houses. Maybe once or twice a year. Doesnt attend any family functions. She is hugely loved by her family , neices and nephews but there is no interaction anymore. No shopping trips , no anything normal.
Over the years we have tried to talk to her and see if we could help in any way as she is terribly unhappy. She will not agree to see anyone. Just keeps saying she cant . Obviously she cant as I dont think anyone would willingly live this way. We have offered to have someone call to the house. But no way. She wont read books on OCD either. It seems as if shes unwilling but I think shes so ill now that she is thinking irrationally and just cant open up to help.
We are just so terribly worried, we are reading whatever we can find on OCD ( she fits all the typical scenarios ). We are at a loss as what to do . Sorry if this is too long winded. Does anyone have any ideas at all ? Has anyone gone through this and come out the other side ? Any help at all would be very much appreciated.