Interpersonal Problems and Suicidal Thoughts: Frédéric’s Testimonial

The interpersonal problems linked to his obsessive-compulsive disorder are among the factors that led Frédéric to think about suicide. The support of professionals, medication, opening up to his loved ones, as well as sports and meditation helped him a lot. Today, he is doing better.

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Hi, my name is Frédéric. I suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder, also known as OCD, for over 20 years.

Obviously, it created a lot of interpersonal problems, in my case with my wife and daughters. I have two daughters who are 9 and 13.

Interpersonal problems often happen when people don’t understand one another. When you’re going through someone difficult, it’s not necessarily easy for another person to understand. So you lose your patience.
I got to the point where I was having suicidal thoughts. You get discouraged when you’ve suffered so much for so long and there’s no end in sight.

The things that have helped me the most, besides medication and therapy, are exercise and spirituality. Exercise because it releases endorphins and helps you both mentally and physically. For me, spirituality has been extremely helpful. It’s different for everyone, but in my case, prayer and meditation give me the inner strength to carry on and to deal with hardship.

The main thing I’ve learned is that you have to be very open and talk about your suffering—in the right way—with your loved ones, by naming things and explaining what’s going on.

That’s why it always pays to move forward, be patient, and persevere, no matter what that looks like for you. When you improve your relationship with yourself, when you manage to love yourself more, be more compassionate with yourself, and be kinder to yourself, it has a positive impact on all your relationships—at work and with friends and family. It’s really worth it.

- Frédéric

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