Living with a Spouse Diagnosed with OCPD

When an individual diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD) routinely carries out inconvenient behaviors or rituals, the effects of such actions may not be limited within the personal space of the individual alone. More often than not, the closest family members and friends of the individual with OCPD might also be affected by the compulsive behaviors.

This leads us to one salient question: What measures should you take if your spouse happens to be diagnosed with, or is exhibiting symptoms of OCPD? Indeed, dealing with the disorder can be very challenging, but always remember that coping with such behaviors does not necessarily mean supporting the behavior.

More often than not, a spouse who persistently performs rituals such as arranging furnishings into perfect alignment – rituals that eventually result in compromising daily routines and appointments – may also begin to affect your daily routines as well. When this happens, you and your spouse will soon realize how such a disorder could significantly affect your relationship. In one aspect, you begin to realize how such behaviors could damage your own regular activities, and in another aspect, your spouse will soon notice how such behavior can affect your own personal space negatively.

Helping your Spouse
Beginning to embrace the reality of your spouse’s psychiatric disorder is the first step in coping and dealing with the situation. Accepting that the disorder is neither your spouse’s nor your fault is part of the process of starting to look at possible options for dealing with OCPD.

Obtaining comprehensive information about your spouse’s psychiatric disorder can help you identify the most appropriate course of actions to take. Because access to information is easily accessible through the Internet, educating yourself with all the facets of this personality disorder will not entail an enormous challenge.

When it comes to the treatment of OCPD, your commitment should play a major role during the entire duration of your spouse’s therapy. Because you have the closest proximity with your spouse, it would help if you also ensure that every element of the therapy is correctly observed as recommended by the therapist. It is also important to note that you should not give in to your spouse’s irrational rituals and other compulsive behaviors, as this may solicit a sense of reward for the unwanted behavior.

Commitment and Support
When it comes to the treatment of OCPD, your spouse would need your support and commitment in dealing with the disorder. Thus, the focal point of control should reside within both you and your spouse during the course of the therapy. Because it may take a long period to complete the treatment, a strong commitment by you and your spouse would be extremely helpful.

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