Many disorders and conditions don’t seem as harmful as others. Disorders like schizophrenia, anxiety, and depression tend to take up the spotlight due to the high degree of impactful symptoms. These issues gather much more awareness and focus due to their severity. But plenty of other disorders can be just as debilitating. OCD and OCPD are two such disorders. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder and its cousin, Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder can both be challenging to deal with. Both conditions can cause a person to feel trapped by their thoughts and urges. They cannot go through situations without following a particular set of steps or behaviors. This can become an incredibly difficult life to live. Fortunately, there are many ways for people to cope with these afflictions.

Both OCD and OCPD cause a person to feel an inordinate need for order, control, and/or perfection. The afflicted person will feel a compulsion to follow rules and regulations. They have a particular code to which they will always adhere. This kind of behavior is a part of both conditions. There is, however, one key difference: those with OCD understand that these thoughts and actions are illogical. A person with OCPD does not recognize the irrational nature of these thoughts. This means that a person with OCD is more likely to pursue treatment. A person with OCPD will not because they don’t recognize themselves to be ill. As a result, it can be much harder for a person with OCPD to form relationships with others. 

There are many signs and symptoms that a person is suffering from OCPD. They may adhere to list-making and ensure that each and every detail is on that list. These people may be so dedicated to the details that they cannot finish a task. OCPD renders them unable to delegate or share tasks. Instead, they take over-burden themselves because they don’t trust anyone else to get things done. Their behavior is entirely regulated by a strict code and are driven by their compulsions for control. As a result, they can come across as ungenerous and even frugal. A person with OCPD can have trouble forming and maintaining relationships with friends and family. They can’t let go of control, always believing their approach to be best. They cannot see another person’s perspective. 

A person may not possess all the symptoms listed here. Doctors aren’t entirely sure what causes OCPD, but they have some ideas. For instance, genetics can play a role in its development. If OCPD runs in the family, children have a higher risk of the disease. Controlling or protective parents can lead to the development of OCPD, as well. Alternately, a person whose caregiver was generally unavailable may also form the condition. There are a lot of different things that can cause this condition, but treatment is increasingly available.

A person can seek treatment for OCPD, even if they struggle to accept their diagnosis. As with OCD, those with OCPD can undergo therapy to help get through the illness. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an excellent tool to help a person recognize their problematic habits. Therapists can then help implement tools and exercises for a person to control their OCPD further. It may take a lot of effort to get someone to seek help. The person’s loved ones may have to work hard to convince them. Ultimately, however, a person must find a way to let go of their control and learn a new way to cope with life.

OCPD and OCD are very similar, but the recognition of the problem is what differentiates them from one another. Both are treatable, and both can be difficult to live with. These disorders weaken people’s ability to accomplish specific tasks and build relationships. As is the case with all mental conditions, however, we can apply love and grace to those who are struggling and help them find their method of treatment. 

     If you, or anyone you know, is struggling with anxiety or mental illness, do not hesitate to contact the team here at True Recovery. Our facility is located in Newport Beach, California, with our supportive housing located close to our campus in Costa Mesa. Take advantage of the local beaches, nature preserves, and Orange County community while we fight for you. Contact us today at (866) 399-6528.