Under the term of OCPD is understood a serious – condition Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. It should be taken into consideration that this is not the same as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The latter is an anxiety disorder and has got different symptoms.
The latter, OCPD symptoms are first of all characterized by a personэs propensity to perfectionism. Such people are frequently obsessed with rules and control; order is essential for them. To others around such inclinations and behavior can seem irrational; however, to a person they have all the proper sense. It is very frequent that a person demonstrating OCPD symptoms is unaware of the illness and in fact sees nothing wrong in the way he leads his life.
OCPD symptoms are believed to be genetic to some extent. Some scientists tend to blame DRD3 gene mutation for such effect. However, there are other researches that aim at more external factors that can trigger the development of the disorder. It is also possible that without a direct exposure to a triggering factor people with predisposition will not develop the condition. It is very likely that kids with this exact form of the DRD3 gene will have OCPD symptoms, in case their surroundings dispose to it. This can be a parent with the same disorder or some other trigger.
OCPD symptoms are rather eloquent. They are commonly love, or better to say, obsession, to order and rules. Different routines are essential and have to be adhered to in all the cases. Such people also are very hard in trying to change their beliefs and are irrationally stubborn supporting some systems that seem right to them. They are liable to perfectionism and this can act as a double-edged sword. On one hand such people are very responsible; on the other hand their tendency to bring everything to perfection interfere them to be effective in their work and create problems with deadlines and so on. OCPD symptoms also include the tendency to make lists and make everything clean and neat around. It can also create problems in a personэs relationships with other people.
To be precise, OCPD symptoms are the following – perfectionism tendency, which is very strong. Order and routine, schedules and timetables are essential and are inseparable part of a personэs live in the vision of people with OCPD. It is also extremely hard for such people to adapt to any changes; and therefore they are very hostile to any, even small ones. They are frequently very stingy and this feature can even border on greediness.
In some cases OCPD can develop into another personality disorder – hoarding. It is characterized by a personэs liability to collect things around. Collecting in itself is a rather innocent hobby; however, in case of hoarding it is unhealthy tendency when a person is unable to throw away or dispense with any things at all.
People who show OCPD symptoms are frequently workaholics and have poor communication skills. They also do not favor team work and being a presenting part. Everything that concerns relations is hard and challenging and therefore uncomfortable.
OCPD symptoms with regards to kids are not much different. Kids manifest them by liability to follow a specific routine and some rules. As long as such behaviors are not commonly characteristic for kids; this can be a sign that something is wrong. It is very frequent that such kids tend to become aggressive when put in the strange and unusual environment and in general when the pattern gets disrupted.
OCPD symptoms are generally treated with cognitive behavioral therapy. It has been considered one of the most effective methods to help such patients. It can be recommended to socialize more and enjoy different activities in order to improve the state. In some cases SSRI’s are used to relieve the condition. OCPD symptoms can be helped the best when reasons triggering them are distinguished.