I know first hand how difficult it can be to be a caregiver of someone struggling with OCD. However, I also know how inspiring it can be to watch my child get the proper help and be able to now live a meaningful life managing her OCD. As a caregiver for someone with OCD we want to help our loved one’s the best we know how. Sometimes however we may enable versus help. It is so important for you to understand what OCD is, what CBT is and the proper ways for you to help your loved ones fight the OCD versus giving into it. Remember to take care of yourself. Having a loved one with a mental illness can be difficult so you must set aside time for yourself, otherwise it will be hard for you to be supportive if you are burnt out. Below you will find a series of video podcasts and other resources that will help you as you help your loved one battle Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

-Linda McIngvale

First steps for caregivers:

  • Learn about OCD
  • Recognize OCD Symptoms
  • Find a qualified treatment provider
  • Support your loved one in treatment
  • Avoid participating in rituals and reassurance (*Only make this change once agreed up in therapy/when your loved one is ready)
  • Communicate positively – Avoid criticism
  • Create a support system – Find a support group
  • Find time for yourself
  • Spend time with your loved one that doesn’t revolve around OCD

Videos: For Caregivers

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Linda McIngvale defines reassurance in the context of children with OCD. She shares some tips on how to help a child seeking reassurance.

Laura McIngvale-Brown gives advice to the siblings of children with OCD.

Throstur Bjorgvinsson, PhD, ABPP, talks about how OCD not only impacts its sufferer, but the entire family.

Ben Eckstein, LCSW, discusses how parents should help their child with OCD.

Ben Eckstein, LCSW, talks about how to help a loved one with OCD.

Ben Eckstein, LCSW, shares why a loved one can or should work with a person with OCD and their therapist.

Ben Eckstein, LCSW, explains why parents should not accommodate their child's OCD and what to do instead.

Jonathan Grayson, PhD, helps family members of people with OCD understand what it's like to have OCD.

Jonathan Grayson, PhD, gives advice for how to work together as a family to help a family member with OCD.

Jonathan Grayson, PhD explains what a family member should not do in response to a family member with OCD and how to avoid it.

Aureen Wagner, PhD, explains to teachers and caregivers some signs that a child may have OCD and what they should do in response.

Aureen Wagner, PhD, shares some ways to help children, teenagers, and adults understand OCD.

Aureen Wagner, PhD, shares with parents how to support and help their child with OCD.

Dr. Elizabeth McIngvale gives examples of reassurance and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Learn more about how reassurance is categorized as a ritual. Often individuals with OCD will seek reassurance to feel better from an intrusive thought.

Dr. Storch shares an example of OCD treatment for children. He goes over explaining OCD, treatment, building a hierarchy, and relapse prevention and applying ERP tools in a way easy for children to understand.