Learning that your child or teen is suffering from OCD can feel overwhelming. Many parents wonder what they can do to support their loved one. This article from the International OCD Foundation highlights one of the biggest ways parents can help their child by recognizing what we call “family accommodation behaviors”. This is when OCD has not only started running their child’s life but the entire family’s life as well. Parents and siblings often make changes to the family structure in order to keep outbursts, anxiety, and fear at bay. Unfortunately, this only makes the problem worse as it gives OCD all the power. Instead of reducing anxiety, we want our child to get through the anxiety by allowing them to face it head on.