"DO I CONFRONT MY DAUGHTER-IN-LAW OR IGNORE THE PROBLEM?"
My daughter in law
has been showing signs of OCD* for the last five to six
years. She doesn't think I know or that anyone knows.
She has seen a "therapist" recently but it does not seem
to have alleviated the problem.
Every room in the
house is full of things she won't throw away, not
rubbish but old toys etc. She is very illogical and
constantly scared of things from chemicals to, well,
anything really. She is always washing her hands in
winter and they bleed. She appears to be unwilling to
take any medication as she is afraid of drugs. She is
afraid of everything from putting the washing outside in
case of contamination to being unwilling to let the
children play outside or touch things which may be
dirty. My son is unable to cope and spends more and more
time working to get away.
My dilemma is do I
confront her with the fact that I am aware of her
problems and would like to help or is this going a step
too far? She will not tell her parents or anyone because
she is presumably embarrassed or afraid. I would be
grateful for any advice.
* OCD is Obsessive