Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD): How to help your child

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Learn how to avoid enabling your child's OCD and use limits, consistency and praise to improve symptoms over time.

Key points

  • Make sure that parents and caregivers take a consistent approach in helping a child manage their OCD.
  • Accommodation and enabling OCD reinforce the disorder rather than weaken it.
  • Rewards and brief praise provide important incentives for children to work through their OCD.
  • Do not model or encourage OCD behaviours in your child.
  • If you have OCD symptoms, seek your own treatment and be open with your child about it.
Last updated: July 19th 2016