How Important Is the Family Structure in Understanding and Treating OCD?

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The family impact is crucial, we know that children who have depressed parents are more likely to have depression themselves and we know that children who have an anxious parent are more likely to have anxiety disorders as well, and we know that the way those parents respond to their children match their own levels of anxiety or depression.

So many times our treatment will not just focus on the child learning more adaptive ways of coping with their stress, but also may help the family and the parents learn more adaptive ways of dealing with their own stress and more adaptive ways of dealing with child's stress.