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My husband requires my children and me to change our clothes immediately whenever we enter the home from outside to prevent any germs from entering the home. He is diagnosed with OCD and I understand that his behavior is part of the disorder. However, it is very disruptive to our family and I worry that we are only “feeding” the OCD behavior.

Should I continue going along with his requirements, or should I stop?

Answered by: Blair Simpson

Your husband needs treatment for OCD (or additional treatment if he is already receiving some treatment). A good treatment plan will include how you can support his treatment. It is best if you and your husband agree in advance how you can support his treatment and not "feed" his OCD. When families work together to defeat the OCD, outcomes are much better.