No one is perfect, so sometimes the person you want to be with happens to have this illness.
These all-or-nothing, black-and-white thought patterns often illustrate depressed thinking.
That is why the most effective behavior you can have, is to be supportive and listen, when your interest wants to share about their OCD.
Show interest, but avoid being intrusive, as it might make them feel like they are being interrogated and increase the feelings of shame.
And they have many rewards, honors, recognitions, and promotions to prove it.
But things are not what they seem from the inside looking out.
It’s painful to watch someone you care about suffer and not be able to help them.