OCD is a very real mental illness that is often downplayed, joked about or stereotyped. My OCD is mild. And I am extremely lucky and thankful for that. But I do still have my own set of rituals that the logical part of my brain says are ridiculous, but the OCD part says that are totally necessary.
For someone opening up about their mental health, it is difficult. But it isn’t necessarily any easier to be the person they open up to. It can feel like an immense pressure, especially if you are the only one they have opened up to. Chances are, the reason you were chosen to be spoken to is because they believe you are trustworthy, caring and compassionate – so it is a compliment – but it is a compliment with strings.