One of the first-occurring and easiest means of dealing with anxiety is reassurance. This can be done instantly online or obtained quickly from our nearest and dearest. We have learnt since childhood that our parents offer immediate, soothing reassurance as is their practice. Not only was this one of our first coping mechanisms but it was freely given and parents are conditioned to emotionally rescue their children, believing that it was the one thing they could do well. It’s quick, cheap and seems like good parenting. However, in the case of OCD reassurance seeking, this is most certainly a compulsion and very quickly exacerbates the OCD and establishes poor coping skills.