What is Compulsive Personality Disorder?
We can treat your struggling teen if they have Compulsive Personality Disorder, sometimes called Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder, or OCPD. This is characterized by a fixation with perfectionism and control, showing itself in highly motivated (often, first born) children. Your teen may find it very difficult to be decisive, and be oversensitive to critique, resist being flexible or open to new situations, as they compulsively reach for perfection in virtually everything he or she does. They may show repetitive behaviors (as in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder*) beyond their control to stop, have a preoccupation with minutiae, their own rules and lists, and even be somewhat of a workaholic.
Your teen is likely to struggle with his or her own, as well as perceived, expectations of those around them. Causes are believed to be an interlinking of environmental, genetic and unbalanced brain chemistry.
*Note: while sometimes used interchangeably, OCPD is not to be confused with OCD. An OCD sufferer has unwanted thoughts, but an OCPD sufferer believes their thinking to be correct and natural.
There are not blood tests that can prove your teen’s diagnosis; a physician must determine whether their symptoms and life history meet the criteria. Their thinking may be so instinctive for them that he or she does not recognize that they have this problem, possibly not even realizing it until their world collapses around them.
Continual group, individual and long-term psychotherapy can be highly effective in improving your teen’s situation, as he or she is likely to be unwilling to seek these changes. It is important to remember that your teen has not chosen to have these compulsive thoughts and so any judgment, real or perceived, only increases the stress they already deal with. It is important to encourage them, to help them be comfortable in new ways of thinking, and accept your teen, rather than judge tthem for unacceptable behaviors.
Support groups are an excellent adjunct, as a way to gain emotional and social support from the community, assuring your teen’s continuing independence and stability
Helping Teens with Compulsive Personality Disorder
Ozark Trails Academy specializes in treating boys and girls ages 12–17 who exhibit inappropriate behaviors like CPD. With our interdisciplinary team of psychotherapists, psychiatric specialists, licensed teachers and mentors, we’ll help your teen solve the very difficult issues he or she faces, and start on a new and more productive path in life.
We will create an individualized treatment plan specifically for your teen’s unique medical, emotional, and psychological needs. The Ozark Trails Academy program is very personable and relational, but highly structured, emphasizing a nutritionally balanced diet, physical activities and outdoor events, and forged to educate your teen in a healthy lifestyle.
Ozark Trails Academy is a therapeutic boarding school is a secure setting near the beautiful Missouri Ozarks. We have an expert clinical team and a program designed to help work through various behavioral disorders. Our program was created to help your struggling teen find the strength to overcome their unique issues, including Compulsive Personality Disorder.
Please call Ozark Trail Academy at (385) 352-3371 if you have tried everything, and are ready to see your struggling child develop into a successful young adult.