Help for Families
The impact of OCD and anxiety-related disorders is often not limited to the individual with symptoms. Those who interact with and care about that individual may be affected as well. Furthermore, family and friends can play an important role in the recovery process. For these reasons, COARD has developed services to address needs of the family and friends of those who suffer from these disabling conditions. The appropriate service depends on whether the afflicted individual is engaged in treatment or not.
Consultation for the Families of Patients Participating in Treatment
COARD clinicians routinely counsel family members to help them learn how to support their loved one’s treatment. The extent of family involvement depends on patient need and other factors. Parents of a child in therapy are typically more actively involved. This service is typically provided by the patient’s therapist.
Consultation for the Families of Treatment-Refusers
When a person with an anxiety-related disorder refuses to seek help, the rest of the family is left to deal with a potentially stressful situation. Many OCD and anxiety sufferers do not actively seek help for their condition. Family members may then feel their only options are to persuade the sufferer to seek treatment or to wait helplessly for the person to change.
Fortunately, help is available for these families. The clinical team at COARD helps families reduce stress and deal more effectively with a treatment-refuser. There is more you can do than wait around for your family member to change. If you are a family member in this situation, you may find it helpful to read more about your dilemma.
To read articles our clinicians have written to help you, such as Someone I Care About Is Not Dealing With His OCD: What Can I Do About It? and Help For Families, please visit: http://www.ocfoundation.org/expert.aspx.
If you would like to meet with a Family Consultant, please call 314-289-9411 or contact us.