We should talk about the fact that apologizing is often a people-pleasing anxiety response rather than a response to the genuine belief that you’ve done something wrong and that’s why “there’s nothing to apologize for” isn’t always reassuring.
A better response is tricky. People I’m close with who know I struggle with OCD will generally say “I’m sorry you’re struggling” because they know when Im apologizing excessively it means that I’m having a hard time with my anxiety. But obv it isn’t always appropriate 1/
I think acknowledging the feelings is a good way to go though, in a way that isn’t patronizing. Reassuring the person that they’re not a burden/annoyance etc CAN be a good move but it can be tricky with OCD and other anxiety disorders where reassurance becomes maladaptive

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