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Reducing OCD Symptoms in Children: A Parental Approach

When children are living with OCD and do not want to seek treatment, what’s a parent to do?  How do you help your child manage OCD if they refuse treatment?  

In the first blog post of this series, Reducing OCD Symptoms in Children: A Parental Approach,  I aim to provide some hope. 

Parents of children with Obsessive – Compulsive Disorder can help reduce their children’s symptoms even if the child is not in treatment.

How?  

Parents – come to treatment yourself.  I’ve reviewed the literature, and it looks promising.  Through the reduction of family accommodation, children can learn to face their fears (the driving force of OCD) without going to treatment.  Full disclaimer:  parent intervention is NOT a substitute for therapy, but rather a way to help your child suffer less in light of their resistance. 

So – what is family accommodation?  How does this work?  

Stay tuned.  

In my next few posts I’ll address family accommodation, how it maintains the OCD cycle in children, and how you can help break the cycle.