Brian says his wife, Laura’s, OCD is taking a huge toll on their relationship and family, so much that he is contemplating divorce. Laura says she has a list of 91 different fears and rituals, which have turned her life upside down. How can Laura manage her OCD?
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Living with OCD
Brian says his wife, Laura’s, struggles with OCD began six years ago, after the birth of their second child. He says her disorder is putting a huge strain on their marriage, to the point that he is considering divorce — though he feels awful about it. “Our marriage isn’t a marriage,” Brian says. He explains that they can’t even be intimate because of Laura’s fears about contamination. “When you say for better or for worse, you don’t think about the worst,” he says.
Laura says she feels totally trapped inside her own mind. She says her days are full of checklists, rituals and numbers — especially the numbers 4 and 18. At night, Laura has to cuff her hands and feet, because one of her fears is harming someone in her sleep. “The OCD has really affected my family,” she says. “I feel like I’m a horrible mother and wife because of it.”
Dr. Phil reviews some of Laura’s fears — which even include pregnant women.
Laura’s parents join the conversation — and learn just how bad her OCD has become.
Tune in to hear Dr. Phil’s plan for Laura and Brian. How can Laura manage her OCD and reclaim her life?
What is OCD?
“There’s a lot we don’t know about OCD,” Dr. Phil says. “There’s debate about whether we should refer to this as a mental illness or a brain disorder, and there are features of both.”
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What goes on inside the brain of someone with OCD? Dr. Charles Sophy helps explain.