Mom Triggers OCD in Son’s Wife, Told to Leave

Abby Joseph

When a loved one is diagnosed with OCD, it can be difficult to know how to best support them. However, there are a few key things that you can do to help them through this tough time.

First and foremost, it's important to be understanding and patient. Remember that OCD is a real disorder that can be very debilitating, so your loved one will need your support more than ever.

It's also important to educate yourself about OCD so that you can better understand what they are going through.

Additionally, you should avoid any actions or behaviors that might trigger their OCD.

"Mom continues to move things around the house."

According to a piece written by Taylor McCloud for Newsweek, one man told his mother to leave his home only a few days into a two-week stay.

He began his story by revealing that his spouse suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Therefore, his wife has a tendency to be quite particular about the arrangement of household objects, usually with regard to the utensils and furnishings in the kitchen and the items in her office.

Due to these factors, it was clear from the moment his mother arrived for a two-week visit that her presence would incite a challenge.

He provided several examples of his mother's meddling:

Mom continues to move things around the house. She moved the coffee maker...she moved the coffee table...she [rearranged] all of the plates [and] cups. She's putting my wife's pens, paper, notebooks, laptop...in different places so my wife has to rummage around to find them.

After a string of three stressful and upsetting days, he reported that he called his mom out on her conduct. He also mentioned that he and his wife were uncertain about whether they'd handle the next two weeks with her in their lives.

As if to add insult to injury, his mother's next actions seemed to make matters even worse:

I stayed firm and told her to put it [all] back. She does, but once I leave, it's back to where I told her not to put it. Today, mom moved my wife's office desk to the other side of the room (away from all the cabinets she has stored for her work things).

As far as the son was concerned, enough was enough.

For the last time, he instructed her to place the items in their original locations. Then he told her she'd have to find another place to stay.

She immediately expressed her anger at the pair, saying she could not understand how they could be so self-centered as not to value her assistance.

In the end, his mother left, but his siblings are guilting and blaming him for forcing her out, saying that this is simply how she shows care for him.

What are your thoughts?

OCD can have a big impact on family relationships.

When it gets bad, OCD can cause complete social isolation. And, as you've just read, families may also struggle to understand and deal with the disorder.

Sometimes tensions flare up, and relationships suffer.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. If you, or anyone else, want to learn more about OCD, a good place to start is the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Let me know what you think in the comments and don't forget to share this article with your friends and family.

Thanks for reading,

Abby

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