Although any intimate relationship has its ups and downs, dating someone who is affected by a chronic mental illness such as OCD can present some additional challenges as well as opportunities for growth.Above all, it is important to remember that an illness is what a person has, not who they are.
I know many people have a hard time being upfront about having OCD or any other illness that comes with stigma, but a few years ago I made it a point to tell people early on.
At the end of the day, if they can't accept you for who YOU are, then they really don't deserve your time and love.
When your partner chooses to disclose to you about particular obsessions or compulsions they are troubled with, make sure you acknowledge how hard it must have been to tell you about them.
A little empathy and acceptance can go a long way toward building trust and intimacy.
When I first start dating someone, It's kind of easy to hide my compulsions since our time together is limited and set.