If I suggested that it may be an idea for me to see their partner too, they would - understandably and unsurprisingly - be quite reluctant.
If they came as a couple presenting with relationship problems, the OCD would often be presented as secondary to all the other issues.
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Common obsessive themes include fear of contamination, fears about being responsible for harming the self or others, doubts, and orderliness.
However, people with OCD can also have religious and sexual obsessions.
It was frequently minimised and at times preferably not discussed at all.
So if you really like them, you need to let go of your casual and usual chilled out lifestyle.
Your partner may at first have seemed just to be a perfectionist.
You may well be starting to feel trapped and alone with it all, and wondering if the two of you can beat it.
Because they think that they would end up meeting new people, who might not be as clean as they are. So, the next best option according to them is to give these gatherings a miss!
They might not hate animals, but even the idea of having pet hair all over the house with muddy paw prints on the floor after the usual walks can be a disturbing thought for them.