OCD IS a crisis. Yes, it really is. If someone you know or love is living with ocd, they are in a crisis. They need help. Now. You need to help them get help. They need your support. Your understanding. They need you to get educated. You can start by reading these two books: Freedom from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and When a Family Member Has OCD. They need you to help them find appropriate ERP therapy (much harder to find than you think). The treatment is expensive. They need you to be ok with that. They need you to encourage them to get therapy or go away to a center, if necessary. They maybe even need you to help them with their therapy homework. They need you to (kindly! and slowly), reduce enabling. They need you to not say, “Just stop!” or “It’s all in your head!” Don’t tell them they are weird or crazy. They aren’t. They’re ill. If someone you care about has ocd and they tell you they are not doing well, believe them. Help them get help. If someone you cared about needed a special surgery or a transplant, they would be in crisis and you would do anything to help them, right? OCD IS a crisis.
And if you’re the one with OCD, I wrote this for you to show to your friends and family. God bless.