A recent study put out by the University of Florida found that the wrong type of nurturance for children dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can actually help perpetuate some of the behaviors.  For instance, if your child feels anxious about the doors being locked, checking to make sure that the doors are locked for them is the wrong kind of nurturance.  It is important that the child feel the natural consequences of the behavioral components of their disorder so that they have motivation to change.  I imagine this can be quite difficult for parents, because loving parents want to be able to help soothe some of their child’s fears.  However, in the long run motivation for change is more important.

University of Florida (2009, June 17). Wrong Type Of Help From Parents Could Worsen Child’s Obsessive-compulsive Disorder. ScienceDaily. Retrieved June 18, 2009, from http://www.sciencedaily.com­ /releases/2009/06/090617123658.htm