Coping with Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder

With Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD), the object of obsession lies on the goal of achieving perfection. For example, some individuals may exhibit the compulsive behavior to arrange home furnishings in a perfectly aligned fashion. Figurines and small items have to be placed in a perfectly organized manner with no indication of slight misalignment.

According to recent statistics, males are twice more likely to acquire OCPD than females, and that teenagers have higher chances of acquiring the disorders as compared with adults. Estimates also show that roughly one percent of the population may have OCPD, and between 3% and 10% of outpatient psychiatric outpatients may have the disorder.

Aspects of OCPD
Because individuals with OCPD are closely bounded with absolute black and white rules, some situations that may require them to straddle between one option and the other is highly challenging. Thus, every decision they make has to be aligned with absolute sides, not bordering between shades of grey or reality.

For some individuals, the urge to hoard becomes remarkably difficult to resist, and at some point, stinginess would also become evident. Thus, if such behavior already poses a threat to the normal flow of daily routines at home, then professional intervention should be sought to reverse the unwanted behaviors.

OCPD on the Life of an Individual
Because individuals with OCDP harbor obsessions of perfection in virtually all aspects, even their language becomes closely guarded when it comes to communicating with close friends and family members. Thus, the individual takes risks that compromise close relationships.

Such unwanted behaviors and obsessions become overtly observed in public places and in the workplace as well, sometimes going to the extremes. For example, individuals with OCPD may show excessive displays of respect to their superiors, but on the other extreme, they could treat their superiors with utter disrespect. Moreover, the individual may show a more patronizing behavior toward his or her subordinates.

Individuals with OCPD may be in a state of denial as to having any psychiatric disorder. Such denial may prove to be quite challenging in the treatment of the personality disorder. Thus, the individual should have enough commitment to complete the therapy as recommended by the psychiatrist.

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