But, with the passing of time, you may have found him or her - and the condition - increasingly difficult to understand (to say the least).
At this stage you may not even be fully aware of how much you're part of the OCD.
For example, they could worry endlessly about loved ones falling ill or dying, or that they themselves will be punished (religious and moral overtones), or any other - in their own eyes and the eyes of their loved ones - ‘silly’ problem.
Their obsessive thoughts, which are always at the forefront of their mind, create an enormous amount of anxiety.
To keep those thoughts and the resulting anxiety in check, the person affected by this condition develops rituals.
They believe that their particular ritual will prevent the disaster from happening.
But maybe the OCD is making you toy with thoughts about ending your relationship and leaving your partner.