Compulsive Personality Disorder

We can treat your daughter if she has 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, firstborn) children. Your girl may find it very difficult to be decisive and be oversensitive to critique, resist being flexible, or open to new situations, as she is compulsively reaching for perfection in virtually everything she does.

She may show repetitive behaviors (as in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder*) beyond her control to stop, have a preoccupation with minutiae, her own rules, and lists, and even be somewhat of a workaholic.

She is likely to struggle with her own, as well as perceived, expectations of those around her. 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 her thinking to be correct and natural.

Clearview Horizon is an Ideal Setting to Help Your Daughter with Compulsive Personality Disorder

There are no blood tests that can prove your daughter’s diagnosis; a physician must determine whether her symptoms and life history meet the criteria. Her thinking maybe so instinctive for her that she does not recognize that she has this problem, possibly not even realizing it until her world collapses around her.

Continual group, individual and long-term psychotherapy can be highly effective in improving your daughter’s situation, as she is likely to be unwilling to seek these changes. It is important to remember that she has not chosen to have these compulsive thoughts and so any judgment, real or perceived, only increases the stress she already deals with. It is important to encourage her, to help her be comfortable in new ways of thinking, and accept her, rather than judge her for unacceptable behaviors.

Support groups are an excellent adjunct, as a way to gain emotional and social support from the community, assuring your daughter’s continuing independence and stability

Helping Girls with Compulsive Personality Disorder

Clearview Horizon specializes in treating girls ages 13-17 who exhibit inappropriate behaviors like CPD. With our interdisciplinary team of psychotherapists, psychiatric specialists, licensed teachers, and mentors, we’ll help your daughter solve the very difficult issues she faces, and start on a new and more productive path in her life.

We will create an individualized treatment plan specifically for her unique medical, emotional, and psychological needs. The Clearview program is very personable and relational, but highly structured, emphasizing a nutritionally balanced diet, physical activities, and outdoor events, and forged to educate your daughter in a healthy lifestyle.

Clearview is a therapeutic boarding school in a secure setting in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Western Montana. We have an expert clinical team and a program designed to help work through various behavioral disorders. Our program was created to help your daughter find the strength to overcome her unique issues, including Compulsive Personality Disorder.

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Cynthia Neste
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I was born in Pflugerville, Texas, right near Austin. I...

I was born in Pflugerville, Texas, right near Austin. I am a proud veteran of the United States Air Force. Prior to joining the Elk...