Does my partner have OCD?

Hello everyone, I am Liz. It is the first time I have posted anything in a similar community, but I have a serious question. My current partner can’t stop cleaning around the house and demands the same from me. I can not even leave the dishes for more than a few minutes without washing them. Do you think his cleaning obsession might be due to OCD, or is it another problem? Sometimes I feel that I am the problem while I have never had issues of this sort before. I would appreciate your help.

Most likely, he has OCD, and his compulsive cleaning is related to fear of contamination. However, the best thing you can do is talk with him and suggest going to a therapist if he hasn’t done so before.

Sounds like a logical solution. I will try to talk with him. But what if he doesn’t want to see a specialist? Should I insist or demand that he better control his cleaning obsession because I live with him?

From what you described, he is likely to have an issue, and it will be better for both of you if he consults someone to help him find it and deal with it.

I tried talking with him, and at first, he understood that he might have a problem. However, a couple of days later, he decided he didn’t want to see a specialist. I noticed that during the last couple of days, he has been trying to stay calmer than before, probably because he doesn’t want to disturb me.

I see. He most likely thinks that going to a specialist will be uncomfortable, so he is putting more effort into not disturbing you. It’s also possible that he is scared of dealing with a condition like OCD.

I thought he didn’t want to deal with a condition like OCD and have it in his journal. Things are under control now, but I see he is trying hard.